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01/08/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an Orwell man’s appeal of his 2017 conviction on a charge of aggravated sexual assault on a minor. It was in January of 2017 that an Addison County jury convicted Rein Kolts on the felony charge, relating to allegations he had repeatedly engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts over a two-year period with a girl whom court records identified as his niece. The victim — then in her early teens — told authorities in 2014 she had been sexually assaulted by Kolts more than five times at the defendant’s Orwell home and once in Chester during the...
01/08/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Ben Dykema of North Ferrisburgh was elected to represent his local administrative area during the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee election. Dykema and his wife, Kris, run the Wilcon Farm in North Ferrisburgh. According to AgriMart/Cabot, when the Dykemas first purchased the farm several decades ago, they had 204 acres, 50 milkers and 40 young stock. They now have 450 milkers and 400 young stock. They actively farm 800 acres. Dykema was a founding member of the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition. Another result of the election is...
01/08/2019
BRISTOL — A local man who formerly headed a law enforcement organization targeting child abuse crimes is now facing allegations that he inappropriately touched a girl two years ago in Bristol. Vermont State Police cited Arthur Cyr, 51, of Bristol on suspicion of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child younger than 16, stemming from an alleged incident at a Bristol residence on Dec. 31, 2016. Cyr, now retired, once served as a lieutenant with the Burlington Police Department and at one time led the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations. The CUSI describes itself as “a multi-agency task...
01/08/2019
Dear Homeward Bound, I don’t know if you can answer this but I am wondering when you know when the time has come to say good-bye to a pet. Our family dog, Linus, is 14 and he’s on a lot of medicine to treat different health issues he has. He seems happy but I’m worried that he’s hiding how he feels. I don’t want him to suffer. Heartbroken Dear Heartbroken, Thank you for asking this important question. I am not sure there is a right answer and I think the best answer is different for everyone but here are some thoughts that may help you. At this time in your relationship with Linus, I think it...
01/08/2019
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board will hold a public hearing about proposed changes mandated by the legislature to the existing regulation on hunting and trapping of furbearers on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Whitcomb Jr.-Sr. High School, 273 Pleasant Street, Bethel. The proposed changes would apply to persons who trap nuisance furbearers or rabbits for compensation. The changes would require these people to visit traps within a timely manner, label their traps, use approved traps, and submit the carcasses of certain species, as well as a biological trapping survey report...

VIOLINIST DAVID GUSAKOV, guitarist Rob McCuen and bassist Jim McCuen play Hot Club-style jazz as the group known as “Swing Noire.” They will perform at Brandon Music this Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
01/08/2019
Swing Noire will hit the stage at Brandon Music on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Swing Noire invokes the energy of a swingin’ jazz club, transporting audiences back to the early days of jazz with their unique take on Hot Swing, making music that “will entrance and surprise you.” They evoke “images of smoky basement speakeasies and slinky cabarets,” says Dan Bolles at Seven Days. The group is the perfect way for Brandon Music to start off their 2019 year of (almost) weekly concerts. Whether it’s called Gypsy Jazz, Hot Swing, Jazz Manouche, or any other idiom, over the last decade, Swing...
12/18/2018
MIDDLEBURY — Two 14-year-old Middlebury Union Middle School students have been indefinitely pulled from classes and face juvenile court citations after allegedly cooperating on a plan to shoot someone on campus. Middlebury police are still investigating the case and are withholding the names of the two suspects because they are both juveniles. They are also not disclosing the names of the alleged target(s) in this case, nor the identity of a heroic student who tipped off authorities about the alleged shooting plot. “You had one juvenile making a very specific threat, another juvenile who was...
12/18/2018
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury and Weybridge officials have picked a contractor to build more than 2,000 feet of new sidewalk that will link Seymour Street to Otter View Park off Pulp Mill Bridge Road. It’s a $760,000 project that’s scheduled to be completed next summer, according to Addison County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Adam Lougee, who is managing the project for the towns of Middlebury and Weybridge. Once installed, the new sidewalk will provide added safety for walkers and joggers who routinely exercise along what is a scenic, undulating route that includes up-close...

LONGTIME MIDDLEBURY FIREFIGHTERS Pat Shaw, left, and Paul Garrow display the medals of valor they earned for racing into a burning building in an attempt to save its resident. Independent photo/John Flowers
12/18/2018
MIDDLEBURY — The incident happened two years ago, but the memories of it are indelibly seared in the memory banks of both Paul Garrow and Pat Shaw. The two veteran Middlebury firefighters and 31 of their colleagues had gathered at their Seymour Street headquarters on Dec. 14, 2016, for an evening of training, food and conversation. Their training was interrupted at 7:40 p.m. for the real thing: A report of a structure fire at 7 Murdock Court. And to make matters worse, someone was trapped in the structure. “The room rapidly emptied as every member was aware of the severity of the call,”...

FERRISBURGH CENTRAL SCHOOL teacher Judy Elson, who was recently nominated for the 2018 LifeChanger award, gets students out of the classroom and learning in places like the school garden. Photo courtesy of Ferrisburgh Central School
12/18/2018
FERRISBURGH — Judy Elson, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Ferrisburgh Central School, has always taken her science and environmental education efforts there outside of the classroom. From harvesting vegetables from the school garden in the fall to tapping maple trees in the late winter, Elson provides her students with tangible, hands-on science lessons. Elson said that her teaching is centered on what she sees as the value of getting students outside. “A lot of it is getting kids out of the four walls,” Elson said. “They might be learning about rocks or plants, and instead of sitting at...

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