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ADDISON COUNTY — At around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, Vermont State Police were dispatched to an address on Creek Road in Salisbury for a motor vehicle complaint. A resident told the dispatcher that a vehicle had driven onto his property, gotten stuck and was then yelling.  Troopers arrived and located three subjects; one of them was 32-year-old Mark Kennedy of Weybridge. Police report that during their investigation, Kennedy began acting in a belligerent manner by yelling obscenities. Kennedy became uncooperative and was placed under arrest for impeding public officers and disorderly conduct....

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Brittany and Ryan’s lives have been aligned almost their whole lives. Their initial meeting would date back to Evergreen preschool in Vergennes. They then reconnected at Vergennes Union High for middle and high school. Brittany went off to Castleton University and Ryan went to Vermont Technical College. Their lives probably crossed hundreds of times, but it wasn’t until their second year of college that the two recognized the extra-special nature of their friendship. After college, the pair settled into their first shared home in Ferrisburgh, and brought three dogs into their home: Scout,...

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Though neither had high hopes for the platform, Brad and Alicia had initially met online. They started off tentatively, just talking for well over a month before they finally agreed to meet in person. But then their relationship blossomed and they slowly started thanking the clever the algorithms that initially brought them together! On a chilly December day in 2018, Brad asked Alicia if she wanted to go for a hike up to Silver Lake. Always game for a hike, Alicia excitedly agreed. On the way up Brad was a little quiet, but Alicia says she didn’t think too much of it at the time. At the top,...

BRYAN ASHLEY-SELLECK, left, Christian Leggett and Christopher Thompson were arrested on third-degree arson, aggravated stalking and other citations in connection with a series of offenses connected to an alleged feud between local farm families.
BRIDPORT — Three Bridport men on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to charges they engaged in a series of crimes targeting multiple farm families in Bridport through this past summer. Bryan Ashley-Selleck, 26, faces 14 charges, including two felony counts of aggravated stalking with a deadly weapon and felony third-degree arson. He’s also been charged with misdemeanor counts of petit larceny, creating unreasonable noise, multiple counts of unlawful mischief, and providing false information to a police officer. Christopher Thompson, 26, faces two misdemeanor...

BOB AND NANCY Sunderland walk with their five children through a barn at Rolling Acres Farm in Bridport. The family is implementing newer practices and technology to keep the farm healthy for a sixth generation.
BRIDPORT — Meet Bob, Nancy, Brittany, Abigail, Vanessa, Laila and Beau. Farmers Bob and Nancy, and their five kids, make up the Sunderland family. Despite their busy lives, they wouldn’t change a thing because they love where they live and what they do. Their dairy operation in Bridport consists of 440 head of cattle, 450 acres of tillable land, 160 acres of corn, and state-of-the-art technology that helps them manage their dairy workload. A commitment to community and conservation are at the heart of this remarkable and close-knit family. Rolling Acres Farm, located off Crown Point Road,...
I read with some relief when the state police claimed that the recent harassment at and vandalism to Mexican farmworkers’ homes in Bridport was the result of a feud over access to a fishing spot, and not directed at these folks for who they are. That relief vanished after talking with the main victim of this harassment, whose home was visited two nights by a group of men yelling, firing shots or setting off fireworks and hitting the house, including his air conditioner that was in an unlocked window. He is a Mexican immigrant and so is his wife. They have young kids. He is a dedicated husband...

BRYAN ASHLEY-SELLECK, left, Christian Leggett and Christopher Thompson were arrested on third-degree arson, aggravated stalking and other citations in connection with a series of offenses connected to an alleged feud between local farm families.
BRIDPORT — Vermont State Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of three Bridport men on third-degree arson, aggravated stalking and other citations in connection with a series of offenses connected to an alleged feud between local farm families. Some of those targeted were migrant workers, according to authorities. In addition to the stalking and arson counts, state police cited Christopher Thompson, 26; Christian Leggett, 19; and Bryan Ashley-Selleck, 26, with providing false Information to police, petit larceny, noise in the nighttime, and unlawful mischief for a series of what state...
BRIDPORT — An activist group alleges that a group of people recently surrounded farmworkers’ homes in Bridport, shouting insults and firing guns. The group Migrant Justice has called on police to investigate, which they are doing. Following publication of the incidents on social media, Vermont State Police announced Tuesday that troopers have been investigating multiple incidents and vandalism on farms and at nearby residences near Bridport over the past three weeks. VSP Lt. Jeff Danoski, commander of the New Haven state police barracks, confirmed on Wednesday police are interviewing three...

SHIRLEY M. PLOUFFE
BRIDPORT — Shirley M. Plouffe, 80, of Bridport, passed peacefully into the arms of her savior, surrounded by her loving family, Sunday morning, Aug. 25, 2019. She was born on Feb. 19, 1939, in Sudbury, Vt., to Leo and Yvette (Larocque) Desforges. She grew up on the family farm and was a fashionista who caught the eye of an equally sharp dresser, Aldee Plouffe. They were married on June 6, 1959. They purchased the family farm in Bridport in 1961. She was a mother and homemaker to six rambunctious children while working the farm for 28 years. After they sold the farm, she became a home health...
MONTPELIER — A new record was set for Vermont cheeses at the prestigious American Cheese Society’s 36th Annual Awards competition (ACS) in Richmond, Va., early this month. Vermont producers, big and small, collectively took home 44 ribbons, marking Vermont’s best showing to date. Additionally, five Vermont cheeses were finalists for the Best of Show. A Bridport cheesemaker was among those earning distinction in the competition. Fairy Tale Farm of Bridport earned 2nd place for its Nuberu cheese. The cheesemakers described Nuberu as “a Spanish-style, 100 percent raw sheep or mixed-milk cheese,...

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