June 19th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — A primary runoff will be required to whittle down the Democrat candidates vying in the Addison-1 House district this November, while the county’s two incumbent state senators face no challengers in their re-election bids.
That’s just part of the 2014 election picture, which became clearer this week following the June 12 filing deadline for candidates vying for statewide offices as well as Vermont House and Senate seat and county offices.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen are leaning toward a adopting a city budget that will call for a 9-cent increase in the municipal tax rate, of which 7 cents will pay for the Vergennes police station.
The new rate aldermen discussed on Tuesday and at their June 10 budget workshop is 72.5 cents, up from the current 63.5-cent rate that pays solely for city services, not for schools.
MIDDLEBURY — Jonah Lefkoe, president of Middlebury Union High School’s class of 2014, set the tone for the school’s graduation ceremony this past Saturday morning with his booming voice and infectious enthusiasm.
“In typical Vermont form,” he told his class, “we celebrate graduation on a dreary, overcast morning.”
VERMONT — For Lucy Edwards, earning the title of Miss Vermont 2014 meant more than wearing a tiara and sash. Edwards, a first-time contestant and a sophomore at the University of Vermont, was drawn to the Miss Vermont competition for its history of giving women a platform from which to champion the causes they were most passionate about.
ADDISON COUNTY — Organizers of the first annual Vermont Gran Fondo bicycling event this past Saturday say the event was a success and they plan to hold an even better event next year. The event drew 181 registrants. Of those, 160 starters pedaled their way through various cycling distances in and around Addison County on June 14, leaving organizers optimistic the event will have some staying power.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited the same Panton man twice last week for assault, lodging him the second time after receiving help from Bristol police in arresting him.
On Thursday, June 12, Vergennes police cited Douglas Shaw, 43, of Panton for simple assault. Police allege that at a Hillside Acres apartment Shaw grabbed a woman by the hair, banged her head against a cabinet, dragged her, and punched her in the face. Police said a judge released him on conditions.
ADDISON COUNTY — This past Sunday, June 15, at 9:37 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a one-car crash on Route 116 in Starksboro.
While en route state police learned that the driver of the vehicle, identified as 23-year-old Andrew Bissonette of Starksboro, had been ejected from the vehicle and he was unresponsive. Bissonette was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington to be treated for back and neck injuries. Police said he was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
As the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 12-10 this week in support of the Canadian-based Keystone XL Pipeline that would cut through the country on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, groups in the western province of British Columbia are preparing to fight another pipeline, called the Northern Gateway, from the same tar sands region of Alberta to the BC Pacific coast.