August 30th, 2012
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department dealt with a variety of calls between Aug. 7 and 15. The most noteworthy was on Aug. 7, when Bristol officers assisted Vermont State Police and other agencies in arresting Katherine Heffernan, 27, of Bristol and charging her with possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it.
Police said Heffernan had more than 60 bags of heroin and more than $9,000 in cash on her when arrested (more on this story can be found in the Aug. 13 edition of the Independent).
VERGENNES — With a little help from Mother Nature, the 31st annual Vergennes Day drew a crowd on Saturday to the Little City and ran smoothly, according to city officials and its primary organizer, Marguerite Senecal of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce.
“The day couldn’t have been more tailor-made. It was gorgeous that day,” Senecal said. “And it all went like clockwork.”
Because no tickets are sold, officials have no good way to measure the crowd, which typically numbers in the thousands.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center this week announced the completion of “Weathering the Storm,” a new audio documentary that explores the impact of Tropical Storm Irene on hard-hit communities throughout the state. “Weathering the Storm” features the voices of 40 Vermonters from 12 towns, addressing the experience of the storm and the continuing process of recovery.
VERGENNES — Work has begun to correct longstanding drainage problems in the Crosby Farms development area, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen on at their Aug. 21 meeting.
Hawley said after a firm was hired to “televise” about 60 percent of the stormwater drainage systems, two blockages were found, some iron bars (known as rebar, which holds concrete in place) sticking into one 24-inch pipe, and a 15-by-6-inch stone in another drainage pipe.
BRANDON — Three months after Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont had set a new standard for the rest of the country as crews worked to repair and replace roads and bridges in record time. To the credit of state and local officials, critical flood plain development policies and regulations were coming to the fore with the epic flooding as an eerie exclamation point.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Like many of the state’s waterways right now, the Middlebury River has slowed to a virtual trickle in some spots amid what has been a hot, dry summer by Vermont standards.
BURLINGTON — Four mosquito pools from the Whiting area in Addison County have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus and one pool tested positive for West Nile virus.
No human cases of EEE have been confirmed in Vermont, and the last human case of West Nile Virus in was in 2003. The state traps and tests mosquitoes, and tests people and horses that have symptoms consistent with the virus. Both viruses are spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.