July 26th, 2012
VERGENNES — Early this spring, the original plan for one of the most prominent pieces of the Vergennes skyline called for a paint job.
That’s when Tim and Liz Ryan, owners of the Ryan Block, a Main Street landmark that has borne their family name since a previous generation bought the 172-year-old building in 1965, asked Cornwall’s Jonathan Hescock for cosmetic work on the cupola atop their three-story structure.
BRISTOL — From July 8 to July 24, the Bristol Police Department dealt with several intoxicated drivers.
One of those drivers was Douglas Powell, 55, of Brandon.
Just after 6 a.m. on July 22 a person driving along Route 116 called the police to tell them that it appeared a man was sleeping in his car at the traffic light before the one-lane Stoplight Bridge.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Joseph P. Pelkey, 43, of Middlebury for first-degree domestic assault, following an alleged incident on July 16. Police said the victim reported being choked.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a reported family dispute at a Washington Street residence on July 16.
• Received, from a good Samaritan, a wallet found near the steps of the Vermont Folklife Center on Main Street on July 16. Police helped find the owner of the wallet.
VERGENNES — On July 22, Vergennes police responded to a report from a man saying that a female was following him down Main Street, and he was unable to distance himself from her. The man claimed that the woman was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.
When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that the woman in question was the caller’s girlfriend. After discussion, the individual became uncooperative, and officers believed him to be intoxicated.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Panthers and Vergennes Champs both wrapped up the regular season Tuesday night as they look forward to the Champlain Valley Swim League Championships, which will be held in Vergennes this Friday and Saturday.
Visiting Winooski swim team fell to Middlebury, 358 to 78. Highlights of the night included Nora Wootten, Isabel Rosenberg, Brianna Foley, Thomas Denton, Burke Weeks and Nick Merrill winning three races a piece for the Panthers.
Black kids in the U.S. don’t play baseball anymore.
As a generalization, that’s true. Participation by African-Americans in baseball has declined precipitously at all levels in the last two decades or so.
In 1975, 27 percent of all major leaguers were African-American. Now that number is 8 percent. The Red Sox have one African-American on their 25 man roster, Carl Crawford.
Rumor has it financial wiz Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, has a sure-fire solution to reign in the nation’s looming debt: “I could end the deficit in five minutes,” he allegedly tells a CNBC news reporter. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3 percent of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”
The rumor is being spread via the Internet like wildfire and fueled by the millions of Americans upset with a dysfunctional Congress.