May 9th, 2013
I started my drive toward Otter Creek two hours before sunset. My waders and fly-rod were in the back of the car along with a couple tins of new flies freshly tied over the winter and still undamaged by rocks, branches, or the mouths of fish.
Two votes facing Vergennes residents next Tuesday — a $1.45 million bond to fund a new police station, and a $600,000 loan to replace the high school roof — deserve community support.
Despite a legislative session that seemed geared to raise several broad-based taxes, news this week suggests that Gov. Peter Shumlin will get what he wanted: the appearance of holding the line on taxes in the face of a lot of red-ink at the start of the session. The somewhat unexpected turnaround this week was helped by better than expected tax receipts for the month of April (and a rosier than expected forecast for the rest of the year), and a proposed federal tax on internet sales that, if passed, could yield $15 million to $20 million for the state annually.
I’ve stumbled onto an unexpected joy of parenting: singing with my children.
As a person who considers herself (a) frugal and (b) skeptical of new technology, I have a confession to make.
I want a smartphone. Desperately.
This admission gets two reactions. The first, from people who sometimes don’t even look up from their own phones as they respond, is, “Well, duh.” The other, the one that echoed my own sentiments until a few weeks ago, is, “Ugh, no. Why would anyone spend that kind of money every month on a stupid phone whose use is causing the rapid meltdown of society as we know it?”
Last week, the House passed a strike-all amendment to S.77 and sent it back to the Senate. In the end, I voted “no” on the bill.
BRISTOL — Bristol police recently dealt with what appears to be a one-man crime spree in Bristol village recently. On April 23 they investigated five reported vehicle burglaries that occurred in the areas of Pleasant Street, Elm Street and Taylor Avenue.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police closed Burpee Road in Bristol temporarily on the afternoon of May 2 due to a one-vehicle accident with injuries that occurred at approximately 2 p.m.
Roger Jacobs, 45, of Bristol told police he was headed north to the Burlington area for a medical appointment when he lost control of the red Ford pickup he was driving and it left the roadway. Police said their investigation suggests the truck flipped onto its side, slid along the ditch then re-entered the roadway.