February 19th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Both the Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ hockey teams faced crucial season-ending Division II games on Wednesday night after the deadline for this issue of the Independent.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued two citations this past weekend for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The first came on Saturday night after they received a tip during the weekend snowstorm from Vermont State Police, who were helping motorists whose cars had slid off the road in Panton. A citizen who was also helping the motorists told them two women in a car that drove by were smoking marijuana, and VSP alerted Vergennes police.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a reported domestic dispute at a Jackson Lane residence on Feb. 16. Police said a woman alleged that her ex-boyfriend had struck her in the head with a box spring. Police and prosecutors are reviewing the case for potential criminal charges.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Received a report of some men shouting sexual innuendoes at a woman in the Mill Street parking lot on Feb. 10. Police said they were unable to locate the men.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police on Feb. 13 cited Jerry Dunbar, 25, of Bridport, for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, after VSP allegedly saw him spinning out and doing “donuts” in the Vermont Fish and Wildlife fishing access just off of Route 125 in Addison. Police noted that Dunbar’s vehicle had no registration or insurance documents and the license plates were not assigned to it. State police arrested Dunbar and towed his vehicle.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union will not go through a formal process to consolidate its schools or governance structure — at least for now.
After a 3.5-year process, the ACSU Governance Study Committee on Monday issued its final report on the notion of forming a “Regional Education District (RED)” encompassing two or more of the seven school districts within the supervisory union.
FERRISBURGH — The emergence of a write-in candidate will give Ferrisburgh residents a choice on Town Meeting Day for the posts of town clerk and treasurer, both of which will open with the retirement of current Town Clerk and Treasurer Chet Hawkins.
On the Jan. 27 deadline, Hawkins’ grandson, David Hawkins, 23, filed his paperwork for town clerk. At the same time, Garrit Smits, 31, handed in his petition for treasurer.
MIDDLEBURY — Architects charged with advancing Middlebury’s proposed new town offices and recreation center projects are trying to dispel what they said is a misperception that the current municipal gym could be upgraded at a bargain at its present location at 94 Main St.
MIDDLEBURY — Heather Seeley admits she doesn’t have past experience leading a town — and she’s pleased to put that on her résumé as one of eight candidates campaigning for three spots up for grabs this March on the Middlebury selectboard.
“I don’t have a lot of executive board experience, and I think that can be an advantage,” she said on Thursday. “I’m eager and willing to look at things from a fresh perspective and with an open mind.”