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October 30th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents beginning next April will be able to choose their own haulers to collect curbside recyclables from their homes and businesses. That’s because the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to discontinue the townwide recycling contract once the current pact with Casella expires on March 31, 2015.
VERMONT — Residents of Addison County towns will see a number of contested elections for Statehouse representatives (see story HERE). Voters on Nov. 4 will also cast ballots in the following statewide races:
If being memorable is a measure of a compelling production, the play “Ransom,” coming to the Middlebury Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Nov. 1, scores high. The scenes and the music have remained with me since 2010, the first time I attended “Ransom,” in the school auditorium in Rochester. The cast — all local townspeople — seemed to be still feeling it out, but the overall effect was that of a work destined to become a classic of its kind.
VERGENNES — A 21-year-old Northlands Job Corps student on Monday pleaded innocent to simple assault in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, after having been arrested on Friday, Oct. 24, for allegedly fighting a fellow student at the school’s Vergennes campus.
MIDDLEBURY — It was Gov. Peter Shumlin who appointed Don Keeler to serve as Addison County sheriff after longtime incumbent James Coons died in office during the spring of 2012.
Now Keeler is looking for an official mandate from the voters as he seeks to win the post for the first time on Nov. 4. Keeler faces opposition from write-in candidate Ron Holmes, a former deputy with the department. Both men mapped out their priorities for the Addison Independent during recent interviews.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Oct. 23 arrested town resident Cassandra Julia Fraser-Brown on suspicion of committing forgery.
Police arrested the 23-year-old after receiving a complaint a day earlier from the National Bank of Middlebury, where police said Fraser-Brown had deposited checks from a closed account of a family member into another family member’s account using an ATM.
Police said they determined five checks totaling $1,720 were written without permission from the check owner. Police believe Fraser-Brown forged the signatures on the checks.
NEW HAVEN — New Haven took steps to control its own solar future Oct. 21 when the selectboard voted to oppose two proposed solar projects within its borders and to participate in Public Service Board proceedings for all future applications for solar arrays.
The board voted unanimously to oppose a 2.2-megawatt array on Field Days Road proposed by Green Peak Solar and a 5.5-megawatt array on Route 7 by GroSolar.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Brain Injury Support Group (BIA – MIDD) will feature Lisa Bernardin and Debbie Tracht as co-facilitators on the first Monday of the next six months from 6-7:30 p.m. in Middlebury, in the Ilsley Library’s downstairs meeting room.
This Monday, Nov. 3, Debbie Tracht will present “Executive Functioning Challenges,” causes of which include traumatic brain injury and ADHD. Executive functions contribute to how one deals with attention, daily organization, problem solving, planning and prioritizing.