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February 10th, 2011
ADDISON — The Addison Planning Commission on Feb. 21 will review changes allegedly made to town zoning laws last summer by Addison’s interim zoning administrator Jeff Kauffman — also chairman of Addison’s selectboard.
Some Addison residents believe Kauffman overstepped the bounds of his authority and made major changes to the zoning laws, alterations that were not approved by planners at their Aug. 16, 2010, meeting.
MIDDLEBURY — The trial of a Middlebury man in connection with the Aug. 19, 2009, armed robbery of a Hancock convenience store ended in a hung jury in Addison County District Court on Feb. 4.
Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster said he is weighing options in what to do next with the case involving Adam Racine, 23, who had been charged in connection with the robbery of JD’s Quick Stop Convenience Store on Route 100 in Hancock.
MIDDLEBURY — For almost five years, the Turningpoint Center of Addison County has given a big lift to people recovering from a litany of substance and behavioral addictions.
It’s that time of the legislative session in which a slew of bills are introduced with well-meaning intentions, but proceed with undue momentum and not enough skeptical scrutiny. H.97 is one of those bills. Advertised as a way to strengthen the state’s early education day-care facilities, the bill already has the preliminary endorsement of Gov. Peter Shumlin, 53 representatives and 11 senators, and the support of former Gov. Howard Dean — and yet it may do more harm than good in its current version and is irresponsible for its lack of fiscal prudence.
MIDDLEBURY — In the days since Jan. 25, when Egyptians flooded the streets of their country in protest of President Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian rule, many with ties to the country have been hard at work collecting as much information as they could from overseas.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School has picked its successful field hockey coach to replace its girls’ lacrosse program head, who resigned last week after four seasons that included one Division I title.
Cornwall’s Kelley Higgins said she agreed to take over the lacrosse team on relatively short notice because several team parents and many athletes — at least seven of her varsity field hockey players also took the field for the lacrosse team in 2010 — as well as MUHS officials encouraged her to step forward.
An old and faded sign near the lodge listed the East Mountain trail as intermediate in difficulty. But for the past 20 minutes or so, every sign we passed had the more ominous “Most Difficult” designation. Given the rookie status of half our party, there were a few murmurings of concern. But we pressed on.
Before critics pick apart the Shumlin administration’s health care proposal, Vermonters must step back a few paces and view the issue from afar.