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11/27/2019
BURLINGTON — A Houston, Texas, man, who officials said faked being a doctor at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center so he could do intimate exams on Middlebury College female students, has been found guilty in federal court for possession of child pornography. Nam Vu Bui, who turned 35 years old on Friday — the day the jury convicted him — faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced in U.S. District Court in Burlington. Middlebury police seized both a computer and cellphone belonging to Bui when officers were called to Middlebury College for a sexual assault complaint on Oct. 17, 2016....

LEGISLATORS FROM THE area recently visited pre-kindergarten programs in Middlebury and Orwell to see Vermont Universal Pre-K Program in action. Pictured, left to right, are: Meg Baker, pre-k coordinator for Addison County, Rep. Caleb Elder of Bristol, Sarah Kenney of Let’s Grow Kids, Linda January, director of Otter Creek Child Care Center in Middlebury, Rep. Kate Webb of Shelburne, Rep. Peter Conlon of Cornwall, Sen. Ruth Hardy of Middlebury and Rep. Jessica Brumsted of Shelburne.
11/27/2019
MIDDLEBURY/ORWELL — A group of legislators from several committees last week visited pre-kindergarten programs in Middlebury and Orwell as they explored the current status of universal pre-k in Vermont and possible changes to the law that created it. The group visited the public pre-k program in Middlebury at Mary Hogan Elementary School and private programs at Quarry Hill School, Otter Creek Child Care Center and Mary Johnson Childrens’ Center, as well as the MJCC pre-k program housed at the Orwell Elementary School. The tour was organized by House Education Committee Chair Rep. Kate Webb of...
11/26/2019
SALISBURY — Vanguard Renewables and Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) received the 2019 American Biogas Council Up-and-Coming Biogas Project award for the Goodrich Farm Anaerobic Digester project in Salisbury, at the organization’s awards ceremony on Oct. 29.  The project is a unique partnership between Vanguard Renewables, VGS, Middlebury College and the Goodrich Family. It will generate biogas from manure and food waste and convert it to pipeline quality gas for use by Middlebury College and VGS’s customers. This project is the first to sell renewable gas to end customers. 

VERGENNES POLICE CHIEF George Merkel is joined by Children’s Librarian Rachel Plant during a presentation to more than a dozen kids at Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes last week.
11/26/2019
VERGENNES — On the evening of Monday, Nov. 18, a group of approximately 20 children and almost an equal number of parents came to the Bixby Library to share an evening of reading, laughter and chocolate chip cookies (made by Mrs. Merkel) with Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel. The Bixby Library Children’s Librarian Rachel Plant handed out a stuffed animal to each child, who were dressed in pajamas and slippers.  “The Bixby Library provides some wonderful opportunities to both children and parents to experience the wonders of reading,” Merkel said. “I am and will always be an advocate of...
11/26/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Every year friends and neighbors travel to downtown Middlebury to participate in the Messiah Sing, sponsored by the College Community Chorus and led by its conductor, Jeff Rehbach. The tradition continues this year starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 22, at the Middlebury Congregational Church. In addition to singing and playing many of the choruses for Handel’s “Messiah” (including the “Hallelujah Chorus”), several arias from the work are sung by singers from the local community and from across the state. Each year, the reading features a harpsichord made by Robert...
11/26/2019
MONTPELIER — Many Vermont residents will have heating oil tanks inspected before the first fill of the winter season. The inspections, required by a 2017 rule, reduce the number of spills or leaks from these tanks. Under the 2017 rule, inspectors must attach a “do not fill” or “red-tag” if the tank is at risk of spilling or leaking fuel.  “To protect the environment and keep people safe from hazardous fuel leaks, we’re working with fuel suppliers to inspect tanks so that we’re able to prevent spills before they happen,” said Emily Boedecker, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of...
11/26/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The following students were recognized as being the Outstanding Student in their career and technical program for the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year at Hannaford Career Center: Daniel Anguish, Engineering Design (VUHS); John Bent, Precision Measurement & CNC (MAUHS); Naomi Brightman, Visual Communications A (MUHS); Isaac Clifford, Intro to STEM B (MAUHS); Kai Correll, ART Performance (MAUHS); Gabe Cotell, ART Technical (MUHS); Courtney Curler, Sustainable Agriculture (MUHS); Grady Devoid, Automotive Technology II (VUHS); Aidin Giard, Wildlife Management (MUHS);...
11/26/2019
VERMONT — Gov. Phil Scott issued a directive to state agency heads Wednesday, Nov, 13, allowing members of the public to use personal devices to replicate government records during inspection at no charge. The governor had previously issued the same advice informally. On Nov. 13, his secretary of administration, Susanne Young, sent out a formal memo explaining the directive. Young said the Vermont Supreme Court’s Sept. 13 decision in Reed Doyle v. City of Burlington Police Department gave the administration no choice but to mandate that state agencies allow photographs during the records...
11/26/2019
BURLINGTON — An illegal immigrant from Mexico, who was caught last month for the seventh time for being unlawfully in the United States, has been sentenced by a federal judge to time served and will be deported again. Floriberto Gomez-Garfias was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Vergennes as he walked out of a grocery store Oct. 17, court records show. For his previous six cases Gomez-Garfias had voluntarily returned to Mexico the first two times. He was deported the next four times, including once after serving a 75-day prison sentence, records show. This time...
11/26/2019
LEICESTER — The Leicester Historical Society is sponsoring Prize Bingo on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1:00 p.m. at the Senior Center at Leicester Four Corners. Refreshments served, all are welcome. Prize Bingo will resume in April. The Leicester Historical Society is once again sponsoring the Memory Trees at the Four Corners. To remember family and friends, send the names, clearly written, to Diane Benware at 1594 Old Jerusalem Rd, Salisbury, VT 05769, along with payment. The cost is six names for $5, or $1 per name. Names will be published in the Brandon Reporteraround Christmas time. The trees...

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