May 14th, 2012
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on May 8 took testimony from a handful of citizens and one developer at a public hearing on new zoning regulations proposed by the Vergennes Planning Commission.
Questions at the Tuesday hearing focused on building lot regulations in the new Historic Neighborhood District (HND), new requirements for rebuilding structures after catastrophic losses in the existing Central Business District, and permitted uses in the existing Otter Creek basin district.
BRISTOL — After the better part of a decade searching for the man who stole a Bristol Police Department cruiser while drunk, then crashed it, police last Thursday captured the man in his brother’s home in Starksboro.
Later that same day, Addison County Superior Court Judge Helen Toor sentenced Carroll Thompson, 60, to four to six years in jail.
ADDISON COUNTY — The eighth annual Way to Go! commuter challenge kicked off on Monday morning, as people around the state headed to work on foot, by bike and by bus.
The weeklong event, which this year runs from May 14 through 18, invites participation from individuals, schools and businesses, offering awards to those who conserve the most. Last year, the city of Vergennes and the Goodrich Corp.’s Vergennes office both won recognition.
MIDDLEBURY — The owners of Jackson’s on the River Restaurant have elected to close the Bakery Lane business after a two-year run.
Announcement of the closing came in the form of a post on the Jackson’s Facebook site, one month after owners Craig Goldstein and Chris English had informed customers the eatery would be closed during the month of April. The duo had indicated the month-long hiatus was needed to work on a new menu and spruce up the restaurant’s website.
Here’s what you need to know about the controversial Volcker rule and the $2 billion or more dollars that JPMorgan Bank lost recently on a bad bet: the Volcker Rule and proposed regulations as now written may not have prevented the risky gamble and its potential impact on the rest of the industry.
BRISTOL — On May 2, the Bristol Police Department received a report of possible drug activity at a North Street residence. Officers followed up and found there was a high level of traffic going in and out of the apartment.
After obtaining a warrant, police on May 3 went into the dwelling of Winthrop Thompson, 46, and say they found marijuana and a collection of pills. They cited Winthrop and Donald Grace, 50, of Bristol — who the police said was living with Winthrop — with possession of marijuana and a regulated drug.
ADDISON COUNTY — Local lawmakers hailed the 2012 legislative session as one of the most productive in recent memory, producing what they said were some major advances in fortifying the state’s roads and bridges, devising a new search-and-rescue policy and advancing health care reform.
BRISTOL — How do you get a group of teens to discuss and learn about the socially taboo and awkward topic of sex?
Give them $100.
That’s the strategy Jim Lockridge, director of The Hub teen center, and Ryan Krushenick, program coordinator at the Bristol center, are taking to engage young adults in a federally funded sex education program. To encourage local teens to participate in the course, which begins Monday, May 14, at The Hub, Lockridge and Krushenick are earmarking for participants one-third of the $300-per-person funding provided by the feds.