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May 17th, 2012
WEST ADDISON — Around 10,000 people are expected to converge upon the new Lake Champlain Bridge this weekend for a celebration marking the restoration of the vital transportation link between Crown Point, N.Y., and Addison.
A group known as the Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC) has spent many months planning the May 19-20 festivities, which will include a parade, entertainment, vendors and a fireworks display.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Tanya Marie Brace, 22, of New Haven for unlawful mischief, trespassing and simple assault, following an alleged incident at a Merchants Row apartment on May 7.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted a drunken woman who had fallen down some stairs at a North Pleasant Street residence on May 7.
• Responded to a vehicle hitting and killing a deer on Case Street on May 8. Police said the people in the heavily damaged vehicle were not injured.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on May 11 arrested and lodged a Bristol man for allegedly violating his conditions of release.
Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said Whalen Goucher, 43, was previously arrested for stalking a local woman and had posted $10,000 bail on May 9. Gibbs alleged that Goucher lied on his bail bond application, saying he had no criminal record when he had an extensive record in Massachusetts, including armed robbery.
BRISTOL — Despite an imposing lineup of Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers picketing for new contracts before Monday’s teacher contract negotiations meeting at Mount Abraham Union High School, no issues were resolved.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury schools are being asked to pool their resources to replace their common phone system, an undertaking estimated to cost between $200,000 and $300,000.
The district is currently putting together a request for proposals from telecommunications companies wanting to do the work, which includes replacing what officials said is some antiquated phone equipment that has occasionally misfired during the past few years.
In 1986, it was estimated that the cost of obesity in the United States amounted to about 5 percent of total health care spending. Today, that figure has more than tripled to 15 percent, meaning it costs us $350 billion a year to treat.
That’s bad enough. Worse is the prospect that the costs will continue to escalate and that Type 2 diabetes is becoming prevalent among children and teens.
When I was a kid you got your big ideas out of the back pages of comic books. You could get a booklet by Charles Atlas that showed you how to stop being a 98-pound weakling and instead become the buff BMOC that would get the girls.
As a gardener I tend to be the gentle type. I hate to thin weaker seedlings or pull an innocent weed that had the rotten luck to grow in the wrong place. But when facing my nemesis — the Japanese knotweed that came with our property — I have a cruel streak.