May 24th, 2012
Once again this year, I have been asked to be a last-minute fill-in as the Middlebury College commencement speaker.
Those of you who were at last year’s commencement will find this especially puzzling. You may recall that my speech ended with a public disavowal by the college president, an escort off the premises by campus security officers, and the filing of multiple charges against me.
But my attorney assures me that most of the charges have been settled. And (more good news), the visits to my parole officer have been reduced from daily down to weekly.
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Union High School baseball team took an early lead over Middlebury on Tuesday and never looked back, defeating the Tigers, 10-4.
The Commodores improved to 10-5, while the Tigers dropped to 5-9.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on May 14 issued court diversion paperwork to three juveniles whose Facebook accounts allegedly featured photos of themselves in possession of alcohol.
The three juveniles in question are Middlebury Union High School students, and all were caught based on tips provided by other MUHS students, according to police.
One of the students was allegedly featured in a photo holding a beer; another was shown holding a beer and a shot of tequila; and the other was shown holding a can of beer, according to police.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police had an active seven days between May 14 and 20, but dealt with mostly routine matters.
In that week, city police:
• On May 14 helped a motorist get into a locked car in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.
• On May 15 helped Vermont State Police search for burglary suspects in New Haven.
• On May 15 checked a Hillside Drive apartment after a report that a man was there in violation of a relief-from-abuse order.
CORRECTION: An item in the Vermont State Police Log in the May 17 edition of the Addison Independentmixed up the participants in a May 7 traffic accident on Route 17 in West Addison. A subsequent interview with Trooper Justin Busby revealed that Jeffery Freegard, 29 of Vergennes was driving a newer Fort Taurus sedan on Route 17 to a job at a farm in West Addison that day when he turned in front of a Chevy van driven by Jessica Cheney, 18, of Ticonderoga, N.Y.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury state Rep. Betty Nuovo has never been one to be intimidated by numbers — whether they be state statistics, budget numbers or long odds.
So it should come as no surprise that the county’s longest-serving legislator is not in the least bit fazed by the number 80, which was the birthday she marked late last year.
“I feel great,” said Nuovo, a Democrat who has spent more than a quarter-century in the Vermont House and will be asking voters this fall to give her another two years.
I usually set up in the woods on opening day of turkey season, at the intersection of trails along the base of a ridge. But this year I put my camo tent next to some honeysuckle beneath a lone cedar at the edge of my small meadow. Most of my trees had leaves by the start of May. And it always seems to me that once the leaves are full, and the range of vision in the woods has dropped dramatically, turkeys get a lot quieter.
VERGENNES — Larry Carlson was on the waiting list for an apartment in the Vergennes Senior Housing building for more than three years. Once construction began, he checked back every week to see if he would get in. Now a resident of the newly opened facility off Armory Lane, he is thrilled with his experience.
“As soon as the architect first came out, I was over to the offices and signed up. I was here every single week to check and see how the progress was coming,” said Carlson.