July 21st, 2011
Moby Dick the woodchuck is back.
No, he is not an albino woodchuck. He just keeps resurfacing. At the moment, he looms larger than life in my tiny garden. I analyze the damage in the morning, raise my fist, and mutter epithets toward the sky — though he’s a groundhog. There’s no question I’d like to shoot him, but I can’t. We live in town.
ADDISON — Members of the greater Addison community were working this week to help out Val and Tim Birchmore and their five kids, who lost their home on Lake Street in West Addison to a fire last Saturday night.
Around 75 firefighters from five towns rushed to the fire, which started around 7 p.m. Addison Fire Chief Chris Mullis said on Monday that the fire was under investigation, but that it appears to have started with an outside gas grill on the back porch. It spread to the house and quickly took off.
Once again, we learned that what the rest of the world calls football is a fickle sport.
In the championship game of the World Cup for women’s soccer, the American team had more than a dozen chances to score, but converted just twice — although both were sensational goals.
The first came courtesy of player of the match (just one observer’s opinion) Alex Morgan. It came on her lethal left-footed strike after Morgan beat her defender to Megan Rapinoe’s beautifully struck long ball into Japan’s end.
Once again, on Saturday afternoon it was time for the popular local trailrunning race, The Goshen Gallop! The good news was that this year’s relatively dry conditions would make for good footing onwhat were more typically muddy trails. The bad news was that Saturday was HOT!
MIDDLEBURY — At age 100, Bill James can cross the word “bucket” off his bucket list.
James donned a helmet last Wednesday and at long last got a lift in a bucket truck, courtesy of his former longtime employer, Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS).
It was a special treat for James, who toiled full-time as a lineman for the state’s biggest electric utility for 34 years, from 1940 to 1974. Back in those days, linemen had to climb up the utility poles. Today, the bucket trucks gently lift workers up with the flick of a switch.
BRANDON — New Haven resident and Mount Abraham Union High School graduate Gregory Scott finished tied for second place the 2011 Vermont Amateur Golf Tournament played at the Neshobe Golf Course in Brandon last week.
Devin Komline of the Dorset Field Club was the overall champion in the tournament, which wrapped up on July 14, shooting a 276.
In an hour-plus conversation last week with Stephen Kimbell, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration, the take-away message was that the upcoming changes to Vermont’s health care system will be a cooperative effort involving providers (hospitals and doctors) as the state’s crafts a new system of health care. Change will not come at the expense of the providers, Kimbell said.
FERRISBURGH — It’s been seven years since Garry Clark says manure first ran through the pond at his Ferrisburgh home, and after the most recent incident, he said that he’s had enough.
It’s not just that the manure fouls his property, he said he’s worried about of the health of nearby Lake Champlain.
State officials, who are looking into Clark's case, said farm runoff is an issue they constantly encounter in an agricultural state and county.