January 12th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Virginia L. Gillett, 27, of Salisbury for retail theft, in connection with an incident at Green Mountain Shoe and Apparel in The Centre shopping plaza on Jan. 1. Store officials reported having a video of Gillett stealing a pair of shoes that she allegedly wore to the store the very next day, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a report of a vehicle stuck in the Creek Road Car Wash on Jan. 2.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Jan. 2 cited a city man for driving under the influence of alcohol, an action taken after they received a phone call from a citizen alleging the man had offered the caller alcohol while both drivers were stopped at a stop sign.
Police said they saw a gold Honda Pilot fitting the description provided by the caller on Route 7 north of Vergennes, and then followed the vehicle before stopping it on Main Street.
Over the last two months, most of the United States and southern Canada have been locked into a “snow drought”, but for parts of Vermont, at least, some significant snow may be on the way.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Taxes (VDT) inadvertently displayed personal data from a weekly batch of Property Transfer Tax Returns for less than two hours on a vendor portion of its website on January 9th.
In Gov. Peter Shumlin’s first state-of-the-state speech to lawmakers last Thursday he was as good a salesman pitching the “Vermont Strong” message, complete with license plates to help those still in need, as he was ring-master while directing the recovery effort after Tropical Storm Irene. As well he should be. Being the state’s leader not only means coming up with novel and effective ideas, but also being able to bring those ideas to completion.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Jan. 5 exhorted lawmakers to attack such issues as health care reform, drug abuse and improving public education with the same zeal and creativity that Vermonters showed in rebuilding the state’s roads and bridges following Tropical Storm Irene last August.
And Addison County lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they were up for the challenge.
VERGENNES — The newest addition to the Vergennes landscape towers over the Northlands Job Corps campus and is capable of powering 20 homes.
On Dec. 30, Vermont contractors Engineers Construction and Encore Redevelopment finished installing a 121-foot-tall wind turbine on a knoll on the north end of the Northlands Job Corps campus.
The windmill, built in Barre by Northern Power Systems, will be owned and operated by Green Mountain Power, but the Vergennes job-training center will receive 10 percent of its power output.
BRISTOL — Since Jim Lockridge took over as director of The Hub teen center in Bristol in 2008, new rules have been implemented to reduce substance abuse and profane language, the facility and its resources have grown exponentially and programming has expanded substantially.
The end result?
More kids are coming. The staff has doubled. And thanks to a hefty slate of grants, all of this has happened without a serious impact on local taxes.