Archive - Oct 2011
The All-Blacks from host New Zealand triumphed before their adoring public last week in the Rugby World Cup, defeating France in the final. Perhaps you watched the match on national TV.
Rugby is a sport of great international scope, the national game in Wales, South Africa, and New Zealand and popular in many other countries of the world. Rugby’s following in the U.S. is growing.
I had a chance to travel to rugby-crazed New Zealand some years ago. I came home with a suitcase full of cool All-Blacks gear as gifts for kids and friends.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited two women in the aftermath of a late-afternoon Oct. 17 fight on North Green Street that police said was triggered by a dispute over a mutual male friend.
Police said the two women — Amanda Plankey, 21, of Bristol and Korey Koch, 22, of Vergennes — were both yelling at each other and hit each other in the face “several times” before they were separated.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a reported burglary at the Airport Auto Storage Units off School House Hill Road on Sunday, Oct. 23. Police said someone allegedly cut the lock off one of the units and stole a cherry sleigh bed, with king-sized mattress. Police said the items were valued at a combined total of around $5,000.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted a local woman who reported receiving harassing calls and text messages on Oct. 17.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Sunday at about 1:20 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a downed aircraft near Brown Road and Lewis Road in Shoreham.
The pilot of the ultralight airplane, Donald S. Arnold, 56, of Shoreham, told Trooper Cathy Cappetta that he was up in the air for approximately six to seven minutes before he lost control of the aircraft and it crashed in a field near his home. Cappetta described Arnold as an experienced pilot.
Earlier this fall, my friends got together and placed friendly bets on when the first measurable snow would fall in East Middlebury. My bet was for October 28th, so I was excited earlier this week to read forecasts of accumulating snow on Thursday night. Then, yesterday morning, the snow was all but removed from the forecast!
So, what gives? Why do the forecasts seem to change so much? Are the meteorologists just guessing? Is there a forecaster bias towards dramatic (or comfortable) weather? Or, is there something else going on?
Two weekends ago, my friend Mike took me fly-fishing on Lewis Creek in Starksboro.
(Starksboro, looking North)
“I’ve got an amazing 3 weight Orvis rod that I want to try out,” he said, “and I’ve been tying some new flies.” Then he rattled off a list that sounded more like indie band names than flies: Wooly Bugger, Wingless Prince, Pheasant Tail Flash Back.