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May 7th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police launched an investigation into a suspicious fire at the construction site of Middlebury College’s athletic complex off South Main Street on Friday, May 2. Police said a group of people were seen running away from a piece of construction equipment that was on fire. Middlebury firefighters responded to put out the fire after police officer attempts with a fire extinguisher were unsuccessful.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
MIDDLEBURY — About 800 runners participated as individuals or as part of two-member teams in Sunday’s sixth annual Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half, a popular half-marathon that was held this year in cool and showery conditions.
Montpelier’s Sue Hackney, 57, provided one of the highlights on Sunday, setting a new masters women’s (over 40) course record at 1:31.58 in finishing second overall among women behind West Windsor’s Phoebe Novello, 20, who won in 1:31.17.
VERGENNES — On the west side of the Bixby Library’s second floor, one room overflows with donated items that range from thousands of mostly Abenaki projectile points to two bass drums that once served as the backbeat of the Vergennes High School band.
STARKSBORO — The Starksboro selectboard at its March 11 meeting reorganized its board and appointed residents to several town positions.
The selectboard nominated and approved Susan Jeffries to be the body’s chair. Selectboard members also approved the following appointments: Wayne Marcelle, poundkeeper; Tom Estey, tree warden; Susan Reit, representative to the Addison County Solid Waste Management District; and Michael Gray, town service officer.
MONTPELIER — Vermont lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill mandating that all law enforcement officers collect data about the race of people they pull over. It was, in part, a political statement that they will not tolerate racial profiling by police.
After nearly two hours of impassioned debate, House lawmakers passed S.184 on a vote of 138-3. It was scheduled for a final vote Friday and then must pass the Senate.
BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will be holding its 28th annual Fine Arts Festival at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School May 6-8. This event features the accomplishments of the students from the district in visual and performing arts. The results of a year of teaching and learning will be shared with the five-town community through displays and performances.
BRANDON — “With watercolor, the paint participates in the creative process — you don’t so much control it as collaborate with it.”