January 3rd, 2013
Here’s the brief version of the “fiscal cliff” drama: In a staged theater, Congress dodged the first bullet, but the gun is still pointed at their heads.
Maybe you are like me, and when you see one of those huge wind generators rising above the landscape you enjoy the beauty of the design and the good feeling of knowing the power it produces is not contributing to global warming or despoiling nature.
Or, maybe you are like me, and when you see one or many of those huge wind generators looming above the landscape you are disquieted by the fear that these industrial hulks are diminishing the pristine views of our Green Mountains and despoiling the natural habitat in which they are raised.
As it is, I get pretty stressed out around the holidays. So, had I been able to choose the optimal time for my kitchen range to burst into flames, I would not have picked the week before Christmas.
It’s a frantic time of year anyway, when I get so distracted that I do things like forget appointments and put the Kleenex in the fridge and the milk in the linen closet. But this year was particularly crazy.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of a man allegedly stealing a diamond tennis bracelet from a Rogers Road resident on Dec. 24.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Received a report about a sick fox in the Ossie Road area on Dec. 24.
• Investigated a report of a woman panhandling “to help her sick child” on Main Street on Dec. 24. Police said the woman was reported to have a child strapped to her back.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police responded to mostly typical matters during the week that included the Christmas holiday.
Between Dec. 24 and 30, Vergennes police:
• On Dec. 24 were told by a woman who walked into the station that she had lost jewelry outside the Little City Family Practice.
ADDISON COUNTY — Late last week, Vermont State Police issued a statement describing an incident involving a Vergennes man.
Police said that on Saturday, Dec. 15, at approximately 9:30 a.m. a concerned motorist called 911 to report erratic operation of a red, Toyota pickup southbound on Interstate 89. The caller followed the vehicle at a safe distance, from Milton to South Burlington, while providing regular updates to the police dispatcher.
December 31st, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — The first day of winter on Dec. 21 brought a storm with hurricane-strength gales that knocked down trees and power lines, plunging more than 43,000 Vermonters into the dark beginning early Friday morning. The weather caused at least one fatality.
Green Mountain Power said that 34,270 of its customers were affected by the windstorm over the weekend, while the Vermont Electric Cooperative reported over 9,000.