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ORWELL — An Orwell man pleaded innocent on Tuesday in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to felony charges — including arson and aggravated domestic assault — following an alleged drug-fueled incident at a home on Fisher Road in Orwell on Sunday. Dustin M. Shaw, 33, was ordered held without bail following his arraignment on four charges, including felony unlawful mischief, felony first-degree domestic assault, felony third-degree arson and misdemeanor domestic assault. Shaw was also wanted on three separate outstanding warrants, for simple assault, driving with a suspended license and...
BRANDON — A Brandon man was arrested over the weekend after police said he fired a gun at someone on Saturday night. No one was reported injured in the incident. Around 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, Brandon police responded to a call of multiple shots fired at the mobile home park on Conway Terrace in Forest Dale.  After investigation, police said the suspect, Cale P. Quenneville Jr., 26 of Brandon, fired multiple shots at a person as he was driving away from Conway Terrace. No one was injured, but police said that several rounds hit two separate residences as well as a vehicle. Quenneville...

MEMBERS OF THE UVMHN Porter Medical Center Birthing Center accept a donation of a new “Cuddle Cot” from three area couples who have experienced infant loss, and who raised funds to purchase one of these special Cots for our patients. Photo/UVMHN Porter Medical Center
MIDDLEBURY —The Cuddle Cot, which looks like a conventional bassinet, is a cooling unit that allows parents experiencing a loss an opportunity to spend precious time with their infant, before they say their final goodbye according to Katie Irwin of Woodbridge, Conn. Irwin is the founder of Scarlet’s Mission, a non-profit organization which is named in memory of her daughter, Scarlet Suzy McGonigal. Irwin’s organization connected donor families with hospitals in Vermont, including Porter Medical Center. During a brief ceremony at Porter on July 1, Katie explained that her experience in a...
MONTPELIER — The revised Vermont Periodic Inspection Manual (PIM) has been adopted under the Administrative Procedures Act process and will go into effect on July 1. As part of ongoing modernization efforts to improve motorist convenience, DMV collaborated with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Vermont Automotive Dealer Association (VADA), independent dealers and inspection stations, and other relevant partners to review and update Vermont’s three Periodic Inspection Manuals. “This is the latest effort at DMV to provide the public with clear information pertaining to...
A Vermont judge has denied a bid by Max Misch, a self-professed white nationalist online troll, to throw out charges that he illegally possessed high-capacity magazines. Judge William Cohen issued the ruling Friday, following a hearing in Bennington County Superior criminal court in late May where Misch’s attorneys challenged the constitutionality of the magazine ban that went into effect in Vermont on Oct. 1, 2018. Misch is believed to be the first and only person charged under the magazine provision of a gun control law, Act 94, that passed the Democratic-controlled Legislature and was...
WEYBRIDGE — 4-H Day at the University of Vermont (UVM) Morgan Horse Farm is planned for July 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event, which is open to the public, offers a chance for 4-H’ers and other visitors to tour the farm, located at 74 Battell Dr., Weybridge, to learn about the Morgan horse, the breed’s history and the farm’s breeding program. Farm staff also will share information about apprenticeship and internship programs. In addition to guided tours of the barns and grounds, visitors will learn about tractor safety and how to properly muck out a stall, watch a driving demonstration and...
Editor’s note: During the 8th-grade graduation ceremony at Middlebury Union Middle School in June, 8th-grader Camilla Blanco delivered the following address. Before the conclusion of our ceremony I would like to invite Dalton Rheaume and Lille Gee to join me. The Class of 2023 would like to donate a very special piece of artwork that will be hung in our main lobby for all to admire. Many students worked together to create this beautiful handmade glass snowflake. Several more students worked together to write the following dedication and they asked me to share it with you today. Middle school...
VERMONT — Vermont streams, lakes and woods are teeming with high-quality, local food that is rooted in the Vermont’s heritage — as long as one knows how to cook it. That’s why the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is partnering with Rooted in Vermont, a program of the Vermont Farm-to-Plate Network, for “Field-to-Fork: Wild Food Cooking Series” this July and August. The series is designed to help Vermonters learn more about what game foods are available all around them and how to make them into a delicious meal. “Similar to sourcing food from our local farms, hunting provides many of the...
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge will hold its 20th annual town picnic on Saturday, July 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Weybridge School. This free event is rain or shine. The picnic will have something for townspeople of all ages. Come enjoy live music, community-building games, food, and fun. There will be a book swap bin if for those who like to participate.  The Weybridge Energy Committee will have a table and there will be a table where residents can sign up to do volunteer work in Weybridge. The town provides meats, drinks, and some desserts for the picnic. Residents are encouraged to...

THIS IS A stretch of Lewis Creek in Starksboro that was recently protected by dairy farmers Eric and Jane Clifford, Vermont Land Trust and the Department of Environmental Conservation. The Cliffords gave up the right to dredge or build on the banks of the creek.
STARKSBORO — Dairy farmers Eric and Jane Clifford worked with the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to protect 1.7 miles of Lewis Creek frontage on their farm. The protections create a 33-acre “river corridor area”—land where the river can meander and change its course naturally, without disruption or constraint. While most of the land can still be farmed, the river cannot be dredged, and no structures can be built along the banks. In addition, land within 50 feet of the river must be kept naturally vegetated with trees and shrubs. In the past,...

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