June 13th, 2013
BRANDON — Kirstyn Simonds was clear when asked how she felt about graduating from Otter Valley Union High School before the commencement ceremony this past Saturday morning.
“I don’t want to grow up,” she said with a nervous laugh.
Nevertheless, Simonds will attend Castleton State College in the fall with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher, a vocation sure to keep her young.
MIDDLEBURY — Spirits were high on Saturday morning as the Middlebury Union High School class of 2013 gathered together at the Memorial Sports Center to graduate. The commencement ceremony, which featured a mix of tradition and originality, started with droning bagpipes, played by senior Duncan Mathewson, leading the teachers to their seats. Afterward the graduating class was called in by Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the MUHS band.
VERGENNES — A new policy in Vergennes asks residents and visitors not to smoke or chew tobacco on the city’s downtown green or at the city pool or surrounding recreation area.
By a 4-3 vote on Tuesday, Vergennes aldermen approved a policy that will also ask people not to use tobacco during city-sponsored events in the Vergennes parks in the Otter Creek basin, including at the annual Youth Fishing Derby.
BRISTOL — Last week’s cleaning of the septic system on the Bristol Recreation Field raised eyebrows when workers found many condoms and what town officials were told were at least five hypodermic needles in waste pumped from a separate tank belonging to the Hub Teen Center.
Workers informed Recreation Club officials, who in turn brought the findings to town administrator Bill Bryant, the recreation department, the police department and the staff of the Hub.
The Recreation Club also wrote a letter asking Hub officials to address the situation.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President Ronald D. Liebowitz last week presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizens’ Awards for outstanding community service to Addison County residents Joanne Corbett and Donald M. Keeler Jr. at a dinner on the college campus.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) has launched a yearlong study of retail options in the community. It will allow residents to again weigh in on the controversial topic of big-box stores, while at the same time help local officials identify the town’s current shopping voids and how they could be filled in a way that would not compromise the community’s rural character.
MIDDLEBURY — A Bridport man with a history of drinking and driving convictions was sentenced on June 3 in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division to between 60 days and four years in prison for driving under the influence of alcohol, third offense.
Richard Kimball, 44, was also sentenced to concurrent two-month sentences on four other charges.
Judge Helen Toor handed down the sentences to Kimball for offenses committed in three separate incidents in Middlebury and Brandon this past October, November and February.
Friday, May 24, was Lennie Waltrip Day at Silver Lake in Leicester, but it came as a surprise to him.
For three months of the year, Lennie is lord of a domain that is the antithesis of the 21st-century world. Silver Lake, a mile-long jewel of the Green Mountains, lies 600 feet above popular Lake Dunmore. Surrounded on all sides by forests, broken only by a grassy picnic area on the northern end, Silver Lake seems a place apart, a little miracle of solitude, even as it graciously hosts those who seek it out.