VERGENNES — Citizens and visitors to Vergennes can eat breakfast with Santa Claus, take part in the Bixby Library silent auction, shop at city merchants and at an annual holiday craft fair and generally get in the holiday spirit this coming Saturday, Dec. 3, when the Little City hosts its annual Holiday Stroll.
The full day of activities will kick off when Santa pops up at the Vergennes Union High School cafeteria at a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. in an event sponsored by VUHS students and Friends of Music.
BRISTOL — “Weaving God’s Love Across Cultures” is the slogan of the Massachusetts Baptist Multicultural Ministries in Lexington, Mass. Each year the ladies of the First Baptist Church of Bristol collect items for the American Baptist Association of N.H. and Vt. for the White Cross projects to share in spreading God’s love. These often go to help those overseas.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of a steer from a cattle farm on River Road in New Haven.
The farmer on Nov. 28 reported that he is unsure who would have stolen the male bovine, which is black with a white face and of a breed known as “Black Baldy.” He told the trooper that it was a very tame animal, and anyone with a handful of feed could have lured it way from its enclosure.
BRISTOL — Bristol police, assisted by a Vermont State Police K-9, executed a search warrant at a Mountain Street home on Nov. 18, following an investigation and information regarding the cultivation and possession of marijuana by a teenage male.
Police seized evidence, including what they called a small growing operation. Court action is pending. Although the residents were not home at the time of the search, police said they found several teens there.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are reminding residents and visitors that the city’s wintertime ban on parking on city streets takes effect Thursday, Dec. 1, and runs through March 31.
Cars may not be left on city streets between the hours of 2 and 6:30 a.m. In recent years the city council increased fines for offenses, and cars are subject to being towed.
Vergennes police officers on Thursday last week went around in the evening and placed notices on cars parked downtown reminding vehicle owners of the city ordinance.
ADDISON COUNTY — Unlike 2015, when Otter Valley and Mount Abraham union high school field hockey teams met in the Division II final and Middlebury won a first-round D-I game, the 2016 field hockey postseason in these parts was relatively brief: Only the defending D-II champion Otters won a playoff contest this time around.
But each team still enjoyed good moments, especially Coach Stacey Edmunds-Brickell’s 8-6 Otters and their high-scoring senior Allison Lowell, who repeats as the Addison Independent Field Hockey Player of the Year.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Harold Brown, 66, of Brandon for driving under the influence, following a report that he had allegedly driven on the sidewalk off South Street with a flat tire on Nov. 25.
Police said they measured Brown’s blood-alcohol content at 0.138 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
Ever so often, all of us will make a judgment call that is off base, and we sometimes struggle to find the footing to set it right. That’s particularly so when no rules or laws are broken; or when no outright violation of norms were broken, yet still the call falls short of expectations.
Such is the case with Addison County Sheriff Don Keeler’s decision to use the general fund account from the sheriff’s office to pay for a political ad supporting his favored candidate for high bailiff. That candidate was one of four in the running.