September 5th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Aug. 31 talked down a juvenile male who had threatened to commit suicide by jumping off the Cross Street Bridge. Police said the youth was then taken to Porter Hospital for counseling.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Helped calm a child at a Seminary Street residence on Aug. 26.
• Assisted a Jayne Court resident who wanted a man removed from her residence on Aug. 26.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued a pair of citations to Vergennes residents on Thursday, Aug. 29, that stemmed from earlier incidents. One citation resulted from the completion of an ongoing investigation, and the other from an allegedly positive drug test.
On the 29th city police cited Jessica L. Whitney, 26, of East Street for uttering a forged instrument. Police allege that Whitney knowingly wrote bad checks on a closed account earlier this summer. An investigation remains open, police said, and further charges in this case are possible.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were called to investigate a burglary at a Bridport home that was reported on Aug. 26 at 1:21 p.m.
Police said an unknown individual or individuals entered an unsecured garage via a rear window and stole a 20-inch Echo 500 chainsaw, valued at $100.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Vermont State Police at 1-802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
Bone up on your facts. Study the underlying problems facing the state. Consider both sides of the issue. Craft a concise two-minute argument to make your point and plan on presenting your opinion at the Public Service Board hearing on the proposed $70 million, 43-mile natural gas pipeline extending from Colchester to Middlebury.
It’s Tuesday morning, the day after Labor Day. Classes won’t start in earnest at Middlebury College for another six days. Today, however, is the first full day of activities for first-year students who arrived on campus yesterday. So here I am at a reception, carrying out my role as faculty member introducing myself to parents of these new students. I sip coffee and make conversation, sometimes asking questions, sometimes answering them, and sometimes just listening to nervous banter while trying to be reassuring and friendly.
When we first moved to Vermont, my husband noticed something unusual about the news coverage on our local NPR affiliate: there was never any traffic report. To compensate, the weather forecast often ran as long as ten minutes.
MIDDLEBURY — Many members of the Middlebury College community, was well as environmentalists at large, are dismayed over the institution’s decision not to divest its nearly $1 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry.
BRISTOL — Action taken by the Bristol selectboard Monday evening will result in a small increase in the town tax rate — a very small increase.
The selectboard raised the rate by $0.0024, or less than a quarter of a penny. That amounts to $4.80 on a home valued at $200,000.
This was the second time this summer that the selectboard had to revise the tax rate. The original revision last month concerned a pending evaluation by the state on a Bristol property’s taxes, which was not a factor in the most recent revision, Town Clerk Therese Kirby said.