July 28th, 2014
BRISTOL — Officers in the Bristol Police Department were active during the month of June, as can be seen in the log recently submitted to the newspaper by Chief Kevin Gibbs.
During the second half of the month, Bristol police:
• On June 15 took a report of property damage at a gas pump at Champlain Farms, where a Vergennes woman had driven away with the pump nozzle still attached to her vehicle. The business took insurance information from the woman.
NEW HAVEN — More than 100 Vermont 4-H’ers turned out for the Vermont 4-H State Horse Show, July 10-13 at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site in New Haven. The annual event, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, attracted 79 4-H equestrians and 24 4-H club members who took part in a special Horseless Division, in which they demonstrated their equine knowledge.
The overall local winners in the 4-H divisions, based on points earned from fitting and showmanship, judging, quiz bowl, general knowledge test and 4-H project class, were:
NEW HAVEN — Addison County residents can be proud that Addison County Fair and Field Days’ hand mowing contest is the oldest in the nation, and undoubtedly the most famous. The annual event has been covered by innumerable newspapers, magazines and television stations over the years. It was originally organized by Lucien Paquette in 1978; he supervised the event for the next 31 years. Paquette has always competed and, at 97 years old, is registered to compete again this year.
In Vermont, it’s well known that our high school graduation rate is one of the highest in the country, while we rank toward the bottom among states in sending graduating seniors to higher education. Roughly 40 percent of high school graduates in Vermont do not go on to post-secondary education.
Part of the reason is money: A college-education is expensive and Vermont ranks among the least generous of states to subsidize those expenses for in-state students.
In response to Sens. Mullin and Flory’s Community Forum in last week’s paper, I would first ask them: Please, senators, shouldn’t you pay for your own pipeline? Shoreham and Cornwall’s inevitably devalued land and our degraded Lake Champlain are not fair trade-offs.
Secondly, can you, senators, get Vermont Gas to guarantee that natural gas will continue to be 40 percent less than oil and propane?
This week's writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger
Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.
There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.
And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Gaz Metro, aka Vermont Gas, has done it again. Originally the story had three major reasons for the increase in the cost of the natural gas pipeline:
I really want to say thank you to the Bristol Fourth of July Committee for the awesome fireworks show on July 3. I moved to Bristol last fall, so this was my first Fourth of July to watch the town fireworks. The fireworks show and the festivities on the green were very fun and very patriotic.
Could you please have the “screamer” fireworks next year (the ones that make a high-pitched noise after exploding)? Those are my favorites!