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November 17th, 2011
BRISTOL — In the past two weeks, Bristol police have dealt with a variety of incidents, including ones involving unruly citizens, thefts and sick people and animals.
During the period Bristol police:
• On Oct. 31 received a report that a credit card was stolen and used at two banks in the village.
MIDDLEBURY — As sirens sped toward Otter Creek Brewing of Exchange Street Monday morning, hundreds of gallons of amber-colored beer soaked slowly into the earth.
It might seem like a scene from a beer-lover’s nightmare, but the 40-barrel fermenting tank that exploded inside the Middlebury brewery around 10 a.m. was no figment of the imagination. The explosion damaged pipes and another tank, blowing out an outside wall panel and dumping beer across the brewery floor and the parking lot outside.
Update 11/15/11, 3 p.m.: Vermont Public Radio reports that normal brewing operations resumed at the Middlebury factory on Tuesday afternoon.
A beer tank at Otter Creek Brewing exploded around 10 a.m. on Monday, according to Middlebury fire chief Rick Cole.
ADDISON COUNTY — How many local teenagers drink and drive? How many Addison County high school students have had sex? Of that number, what percentage used a condom? Do middle school students really consider suicide?
These are just some of the questions that a statewide risk survey has sought to answer for more than a decade.
MIDDLEBURY — A frozen vegetable operation. A bistro that serves up local, vegetarian foods. A wood chip-fired kiln to heat and power a small business. By all accounts, Addison County boasts a veritable goldmine of creativity in the food, agriculture and forestry arenas — the so-called “working landscape.”
But that energy can go nowhere without funding.
BRISTOL — Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, has been able to keep a close eye on the state’s financial health as a longtime member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
MIDDLEBURY — Frances Boardman was in charge of baking the cake for just about every one of her family members’ birthdays until a fall — ironically, in the kitchen — forced her to retire her pots and pans around two years ago.
Well, Boardman will be celebrating her own birthday on Monday, Nov. 14, and someone else is in charge of the cake.
And they’d better bring a lot of candles.
BRISTOL — At their Nov. 7 meeting, Bristol selectboard members pushed ahead with one of their top five priorities: to jumpstart development of housing for younger townspeople seeking a starter home and for older residents seeking to downsize into a smaller home.