March 28th, 2013
Editor's note: This story was originally posted Monday afternoon.
WEYBRIDGE — Former Weybridge Town Clerk and Treasurer Karen Brisson appeared in U.S. District Court in Rutland on Monday and pleaded guilty to a charge of federal program embezzlement. Town officials said an audit had determined that she had embezzled $485,000 in town funds since 2006.
Brisson, 50, agreed to pay restitution to the town.
MIDDLEBURY — While lawmakers spent much time at a legislative breakfast at the American Legion hall in Middlebury on Monday talking about taxes, they also discussed important legislation for the farm community, among other things.
At the top of the list was a bill that would require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs.
BRANDON — Brandon native Stacey S. Coburn was recently crowned Mrs. Vermont United States 2013. Coburn will represent married women across Vermont as she competes for the national title of Mrs. United States in Las Vegas in July.
Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that evaporate easily at room temperature. Commonly found in many household products including carpets, cleaning products and adhesives, they emit potentially harmful levels of chemicals into the air for many months after application.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, research has shown that high or prolonged exposure to VOCs can yield adverse effects, including eye and throat irritation, headaches, asthma, liver damage, complications to the central nervous system and cancer.
SALEM, Va. — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team fell, 67-55, to North Central (Ill.) in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division tournament on March 22, ending the program’s second-deepest advance into the postseason.
Middlebury made it to the Final Four in Salem two years, ago, but the 12-point quarterfinal loss marked Middlebury’s largest margin of defeat since the Panthers were ousted from the 2010 tournament by Rhode Island College, 75-59.
WINDSOR — According to local coaches, seven local high school athletes made their mark in Saturday’s annual Vermont Basketball Coaches’ Association North-South Senior Classic all-star games, which were played at Windsor High School.
Otter Valley’s Ryan Kelley and Middlebury’s Connor Collins and Tyler Provencher played for the South Division I and II boys’ team that edged the North squad, 87-84.
MIDDLEBURY — Former Middlebury College skier and two-time U.S. Olympian Andrew Johnson has been named the new head coach of the Nordic ski program at Middlebury College. Johnson comes to Middlebury from the University of Vermont, where he served as an assistant coach for the past three years and helped the Catamounts win the 2012 NCAA title.
Johnson said he welcomes the move back to Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s top high school basketball player, Missisquoi Valley Union senior Matt St. Amour, has decided to attend Middlebury College and play for Coach Jeff Brown’s successful men’s basketball program, according to a Tuesday night online report on www.burlingtonfreepress.com.
According to Middlebury College sports information director Brad Nadeau, college officials “cannot comment at this time.”