August 27th, 2014
BRISTOL — Four members of the local Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club bested competitors from around the northeastern United States and South Carolina in a professional horseshoe tournament this past weekend.
VERMONT — Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 14. The late bear season begins Nov. 15 and continues through Nov. 23.
The bear tag that comes with a hunting license is for use during the late season, which partially overlaps with the November deer season.
The early season bear tag costs $5 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. A hunter may only take one bear during the year.
VERGENNES — A variety of incidents kept Vergennes police busy between Aug. 18 and 24, many of them alcohol-related, including driving while under the influence of alcohol, underage drinking, and a noise disturbance.
During that seven-day period, Vergennes police:
• On Aug. 18 checked the welfare of a Main Street resident and determined she was OK.
• On Aug. 18 calmed an arguing School Street couple.
MIDDLEBURY — On Aug. 18 and 19 Middlebury police investigated the most recent in a rash of vehicle break-ins around town. Police reported more than 30 additional break-ins in which thieves stole, among other things, cash, a knife, registration plates, prescription drugs, jewelry and a wallet.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Aug. 19 at approximately 7 p.m. Vermont State Police were summoned to a two-vehicle collision on Route 17 West in Addison.
The trooper reported that Kelly McEvoy, 44, of Bridport was driving a Honda Accord westbound when the sun obstructed her vision. Due to the obstruction she could not see that a BMW 325 driven by 52-year-old James Dayton of Panton had stopped ahead of her. Dayton had been westbound behind a slow-moving Bobcat when he attempted to move around the Bobcat.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday directed the Department of Public Service to provide independent appraisals for landowners entering eminent domain proceedings with Vermont Gas Systems for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
The governor announced the policy changes in replying to a letter written by three Addison County legislators earlier this month, who expressed concerns about the project.
Middlebury's Mary Hogan Elementary School got a new playground this summer. If you're the parent of a young child, this is probably old news. I myself have taken my four daughters to what we call "The New Kidspace" on a weekly basis for the past month; they play on the playground while I gaze longingly at the school building and count the days until vacation ends.
VERMONT — The Young Writers Project is gearing up for another year of encouraging young people to write by soliciting work and publishing it online and in newspapers around the state, including the Addison Independent.
YWP is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences. It also reaches different audiences through a new digital magazine, The Voice, and partner web sites, vpr.net, vtdigger.org and cowbird.com.