This column is not for everyone. It’s about Christmas and the holidays, but also about divorce, raising a split family and making it all work during this special time of the year — and beyond.
As optimists, it’s human nature to downplay the struggles and seize the high points in life. The squeals of laughter and excitement of small children on Christmas mornings are surely memories to cherish. The shuttling of kids from one house to the other on Christmas day, not so much.
It’s Dec. 15. For those of us who celebrate Christmas, that gives us 10 days to get ready. Nine, really, because the 15th is almost over. Eight, if you count Christmas Eve as part of the holiday. It’s almost here.
I don’t know about you, but I’m good to go.
MIDDLEBURY — Mark A. Snow, 41, of Middlebury on Tuesday was sentenced to five years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a young woman on Jan. 1, 2010. Following sentencing by Judge Nancy Corsones in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, Snow was taken to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland.
“We were hoping for more, but the judge, after reviewing all the material, felt that five to life was an appropriate sentence,” said Deputy State’s Attorney Christopher Perkett.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes Union High School basketball team with high hopes for this season took a step forward on Tuesday when the Commodores hung on for a 67-62 win over visiting Division I foe South Burlington.
VUHS (2-0) had led by 12 late in the third quarter, but the 0-1 Rebels repeatedly penetrated the lane and cut the lead to two three times in the final three minutes.
I am a writer. Although I have written numerous essays for magazines and have now published eight books of nonfiction, with a ninth on the way, I especially love to write stories. I started writing stories 30 years ago when I was in high school. I haven’t really stopped since.
ADDISON COUNTY — While patrolling Morgan Horse Farm Road in Weybridge on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 8, Vermont State Police Trooper Tim Hanley checked on a vehicle parked in a pull off next to the bridge over Otter Creek.
The trooper said the driver, Jamie C. Martin, 30, of Castleton, falsely identified himself as a Massachusetts man. Martin’s privilege to drive in Vermont is suspended.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police began investigating embezzlement allegations filed by Paquette Storage on Route 7 North on Dec. 7. Police said the embezzlement allegedly occurred between May of 2008 and May of 2011.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Received a report that $72 had been stolen from a student’s backpack at Middlebury College’s McCullough Hall on Dec. 5.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police arrested a city man late on Dec. 5 for violating his conditions of release, an action taken after they spotted him acting suspiciously, near the intersection of Main and South Water streets.