November 21st, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) school board last week officially launched its search for a new superintendent, agreeing on a salary range, length of contract, the makeup of a screening committee for candidates, and a basic timetable for selection of a finalist expected to be on the job by next summer.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Nov. 15 meeting agreed to make a second loan from a city-administered revolving loan fund to Shear Properties, the owners of 171 Main St. and the Shear Cuts beauty salon that does business at that address.
Hawley described the $70,788 agreement with Shear Properties as essentially a loan consolidation.
SALISBURY — Vermont State Police reported that a Salisbury man apparently shot and killed himself early last Thursday morning after troopers responded to a 911 call from his home off Lake Dunmore Road for a domestic dispute, and the man pointed a gun at them.
Gerald “Dusty” Woodburn, 52, died in the incident; no one else was injured.
VERMONT — Vermonters are watching with bated breath as lawmakers in Washington, D.C., debate the next Farm Bill, a law renewed every five years that defines federal agricultural spending and legislation.
Or rather, Vermonters are trying to watch. Even those keeping tabs on the process, however, say they have little idea of what’s being discussed behind closed doors.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police during the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 16, investigated complaints about a man distributing racist literature to passersby and storeowners in the Marble Works shopping complex.
Investigating police officer Kristine Bowdish said a local man had been passing out stickers that evening bearing three different racist messages, including, “Enough! Whites: let’s start taking back America now!” and “Stop Immigration! Non-whites are turning America into a Third World slum.”
VERMONT — A new Vermont State Police policy seeks to separate federal immigration enforcement and local policing, placing Vermont’s policies in stark contrast with states across the country that are seeking to clamp down on immigration violations.
MIDDLEBURY — Though they are separated by many miles, the Counter family remains a tight-knit bunch. So when Betty Counter, 87, had a medical issue that was going to prevent her from attending her granddaughter Cara’s Oct. 29 wedding in San Francisco, she was devastated.
“I wanted to go so bad, but it’s such a long way,” Betty, a longtime Middlebury resident, said on Monday as she convalesced at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation.
BRISTOL — A recent string of Bristol burglaries has many townspeople worried. But there may be something that Bristol Police District residents can do.
Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said the unusual increase in burglaries is perhaps double what it was last year, though he hadn’t yet quantified the change. He pointed to a rising demand for heroin in Bristol and a short-staffed police department as reasons contributing to this increase.