February 7th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — State and local police are getting a big assist in their investigations of domestic assault and sexual abuse cases thanks to a newly created service based in the Addison County Sheriff’s Department headquarters.
It’s called the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations, or ACUSI, and it includes a part-time investigator to help area law enforcement agencies bring to justice perpetrators of assault and sex crimes against adults and children.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team swept two NESCAC road games over the weekend before defeating visiting Lyndon on Tuesday to improve to 20-1, 6-1 in league play — and set some program landmarks in the process.
The league wins kept the Panthers’ chances for a first-place finish in NESCAC alive entering the final weekend of play, but they will need some help.
Call this the Super Bowl leftovers column. I don’t mean the quesadillas and guacamole I pulled out of the Kenmore for Monday lunch, but a few random afterthoughts about the game and broadcast. If I find my writing momentum stalling, I’ll go into a dark room for half an hour and try to regroup.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/4 St. Albans vs. MUHS..................... 69-55
2/4 OV vs. Leland & Gray .................. 62-49
2/5 Mt. Abe vs. Milton ......................... 58-49
2/5 VUHS vs. Missisquoi ................... 75-55
2/4 Mt. Abe vs. Mt. Mansfield................ 48-7
Republican legislators have taken the Shumlin administration to task for failing to articulate how the state’s health care reform law would be financed, as required by law. The administration contends it has “substantially” complied, and labels the partisan display a “stunt.”
Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by all the stuff that gets thrown my way — school board stories, personality profiles, obituaries, weddings and engagements, crime stories, gossip and hard news from Montpelier. All the nitty gritty details that make up the grubby lives we human beings endure on this patch of rock hurtling through space. Good grief! Occasionally a guy just wants get away from it all.
Now, thanks to the Dutch, I may just get to do that.
A committee in the seven-town, nine-school Addison Central Supervisory Union is considering whether to propose to the voters that some or all of the ACSU schools be combined into a Regional Education District or RED. The Jeffords Center, a research institute at the University of Vermont, recently completed a report for the Legislature on voluntary school district merger activity, which provides useful information on the experiences of other districts in Vermont.
I was happy the Speaker assigned me to another term on the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. I believe ours is a committee well constituted to deal with the complex economic issues we are facing in Vermont.