March 16th, 2015
ADDISON — Long-time Addison County obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Alan Ayer, who delivered well over 5,000 babies and practiced in this area more than 30 years, died suddenly on Friday, March 13. He was 71 years old.
Ayer was a native of Maine, and he received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He practiced medicine for more than 40 years.
Ayer was the husband of Sen. Claire Ayer, who has represented Addison County as a Democrat in the Vermont Senate since first being elected in 2002.
RIPTON — Students at many area schools go on field trips, but one recent excursion could be categorized as epic.
With temperatures well below freezing and over a foot of freshly fallen mid-winter snow, the entire student body of the North Branch School in Ripton last month made a two-day, 20-mile journey following trail networks through scenic and challenging terrain in Addison County.
BRISTOL — A Bristol man will spend at least the next 10 years in jail in wake of a recent plea agreement on a felony aggravated sexual assault case in which he was accused of having sex multiple times with a 12-year-old family member.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury selectboard has sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirming its support for what is being called the “Middlebury Upper Hydroelectric Project,” a water turbine that would be installed near the Otter Creek Falls.
LEICESTER — A Leicester man pleaded innocent on Monday in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, after he allegedly struck a woman on March 6 and — while brandishing a crowbar — threatened to “bury her somewhere.”
Jason M. Kimball, 47, faces a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000 if convicted of the offense.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents will look at a lower Ferrisburgh Central School budget for a revote that will be timed to coincide with the Vergennes Union High School budget revote. The VUHS board last week eyed April 14 as a vote date.
On this past Thursday, the Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) board approved a new spending plan of about $3.581 million, $39,113 less than the $3.62 million plan defeated on Town Meeting Day, 302-267. The FCS budget revote date will be set once the VUHS budget revote is set — likely this week.
MONKTON — As the Monkton Central School board works on a new spending plan to put before voters, it is soliciting input from the community.
“We’re hopeful that we can find the path to the budget that’s going to be acceptable to voters by getting input from the community,” board member Marikate Kelley said late last week after the board’s Thursday evening school board meeting.
VERGENNES — The latest Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes Youth of the Year had several goals in mind when she decided to compete for the honor.
Some were practical — if Vergennes resident Ericka DeLisle, 18 on April 1, wins the Vermont Youth of the Year competition in Montpelier on April 9, she will earn scholarship money to help her attend the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts this fall.
DeLisle would also like to have a higher profile for her primary message — against bullying.