November 19th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) and other area groups are launching their annual efforts to make sure all Addison County families are able to enjoy a nice meal on Thanksgiving and ensure that all local children have at least one present to open this holiday season.
ADDISON COUNTY — The 2015 deer rifle season got off to a promising start in Addison County on Nov. 14 and 15, with the numbers coming in at the third-best opening-weekend total since 2010 and hunters taking down many trophy animals.
In all, the county’s nine official weigh stations handled 188 bucks, just 12 fewer than the highest opening weekend total of the past six years, 200 in 2013, and four fewer than 2010’s two-day total of 192.
MIDDLEBURY — The Ferrisburgh resident who was driving under the influence of alcohol on June 17 when her car struck and killed a Charlotte physician bicycling on Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh was on Monday sentenced to a year’s probation and 80 days of community service in the Addison County Superior Court.
Judge Samuel Hoar handed down that sentence, to which was also attached a lengthy list of conditions that included drug and alcohol screening and substance abuse treatment, after Holly Gonyeau, 36, changed her plea from innocent to no contest.
Put yourself in this scenario: Two years ago you buy a home in rural Addison County with scenic views to the west overlooking farm land to the Adirondacks. You buy in Vermont because you value its traditions of local control and its emphasis on maintaining an environmental and scenic aesthetic.
BRISTOL — Former Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca will soon take the reins as interim superintendent at Addison Northeast Supervisory Union. There are still some details to be worked out with the ANeSU board, but Vilaseca plans to begin his duties the week of Nov. 30 and work through the end of the school year.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Rachael L. Carter, 20, of Middlebury for the alleged theft of, and fraudulent use of, a debit card at a local business on Nov. 11. Carter is scheduled to answer to the charge at the Addison County Courthouse on Dec. 28.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with an overdose patient in the Lower Foote Street area on Nov. 10.
Locations in Middlebury and Vergennes this week become local drop-off points for the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child. During National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23, each location will collect shoeboxes packed with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement from generous area donors.
This year, local project coordinators hope to collect 7,450 shoebox gifts to deliver to children in need overseas.
A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to go to the Trader Joe’s grocery store in South Burlington.
Although this Trader Joe’s – the only one in Vermont – opened in May 2014, I had never visited it. I had, in fact, resisted opportunities to visit it, just as I generally resist chances to go to Costco, or Home Depot, or WalMart.