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July 2nd, 2015
Vermonters are generally known for keeping to themselves, not getting into their neighbors’ business and respecting each other’s privacy. Gay Vermonters are no exception.
For the past eight years, I have kept my personal life and opinions separate from my job as the editor of The Reporter. I am a pretty private person, and I maintain a clear line separating my journalistic life and my home life, as all good journalists should. A reporter’s worst nightmare is to become the subject of the news they report.
Sunday night, my husband Mark and I replaced the stretched-out belt on our old treadmill.
Good news: We are still married.
Normally we get along, just not when it comes to putting things together. We’ve had so many assembly-related conflicts over the years that the mere sight of a parts list can cause me to start grinding my teeth.
I’ve become deeply concerned that the proposed railroad bridge/tunnel project may prove to be a disaster for Middlebury. The original objective was to restore safety to the Merchants Row and Main Street bridges. Now, two years later, the project has changed dramatically in scale, shape, character and cost. As currently proposed this project risks incalculable damage to downtown businesses, to downtown activities and consequently to the very fabric of our community.
Middlebury officials recently confirmed that:
This week’s column is by Rep. Rebecca Ellis, vice chair of the Vermont House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. She represents Waterbury, Bolton, Huntington and Buels Gore.
Kudos to Ilsley Library children’s librarian Tricia Allen. She has hung the entire text of Virginia Lee Burton’s classic “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” in plastic sleeves on the chain link fence around the construction site for the new municipal building.
What a wonderful way to engage children in the work that is being done in the community. Brilliant.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a variety of incidents in the seven days between June 22 and 28, including cases of vandalism, arguing couples, motorcycle accidents and illegal operation of tractor-trailer trucks.
In that week, Vergennes police:
• On June 22 responded to a motorcycle accident on Bowman Road that police described as minor and said did not involve another vehicle.
• On June 22 were told that fencing and a lawn decoration had been damaged at a South Maple Street home.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of two men being in the Congregational Church of Middlebury’s clock tower at around 2:15 a.m. on June 27. The men claimed they worked for a cell phone company and were working on the tower, according to police. But police said both men were found to be intoxicated and were told to leave the building.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Arrested Bilal Griffith, 19, of Middlebury, for violation of court orders, on Route 7 south on June 22.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) board voted 23 to 9 on Wednesday evening, July 1, to affirm its support of Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.