ADDISON COUNTY — Five members of the Otter Valley Union High School football team and two from Mount Abraham earned postseason recognition from the Division III coaches.
Four OV players were named first-team all-stars: senior Mike Winslow as a running back and a linebacker, senior Tyler Jones as an offensive lineman, junior Joe Scarborough as a receiver and junior John Winslow as a defensive back, while Mount Abe senior Tommy Lee Hodsden earned a first-team nod as a kick returner.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will host the annual holiday event “Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 and 7 p.m. at Mead Chapel. For 42 years, this service has been a special Addison County tradition, celebrated on the last Sunday of the college’s fall semester. A large audience of both college and community members and families will fill the chapel to share in a sense of community and hopefulness of the season.
RIPTON — A 54-year-old Ripton man who has been missing since Nov. 23 apparently was killed when is car left Route 125 in Ripton and crashed into the woods sometime in the past 9 days.
Vermont State Police were called to the intersection of Route 125 and Steam Mill Road, near the Bread Loaf campus, at 9:20 p.m. Monday night to a report of a vehicle that had gone over an embankment and into the river there. They found the body of James P. Daignault there with his totaled 2001 Plymouth Neon.
MONTPELIER — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Vermont are seeking public input on a recently released draft proposal to restore the water quality in Lake Champlain. Also released is a timeline for completing the Lake Champlain restoration plan, which includes a number of opportunities for the public to get involved.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Health Connect Navigators and officials are participating in and hosting upcoming events to educate Vermonters about new health coverage options. More than 200 Navigators are available in communities throughout the state to help Vermonters learn more, enroll in a plan, and access financial help through Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance website.
The Vermont Health Connect representatives’ schedule for meeting with the public in Addison County is as follows:
• Monday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
BRISTOL — Bristol police cited a Bristol man for driving with a criminally suspended license and violating conditions of his release on Thanksgiving Day.
Thomas Plantier, 27, was pulled over at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 on Route 116 for allegedly speeding in a work zone. Police said that Plantier is on active conditions of release for two open cases in Addison County Superior Court, and that his conditions of release require that he not operate a motor vehicle.
Police released Plantier with a citation to appear in court at a later date.
HUNTINGTON — Bob Spear often stood this summer, staring silently at the disaster wrought by a July flood. A rainstorm had ripped a deep ravine outside his Birds of Vermont Museum, destroying the entrance walkway and cutting off access to bird-watching trails in the woods.
Trees tipped precariously over the edge of the ravine, its bottom a tumble of gravel, exposed culverts and debris. Repairs may cost $40,000 or more, money the museum doesn’t have.