July 18th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — At age 100, Bill James can cross the word “bucket” off his bucket list.
James donned a helmet last Wednesday and at long last got a lift in a bucket truck, courtesy of his former longtime employer, Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS).
It was a special treat for James, who toiled full-time as a lineman for the state’s biggest electric utility for 34 years, from 1940 to 1974. Back in those days, linemen had to climb up the utility poles. Today, the bucket trucks gently lift workers up with the flick of a switch.
BRANDON — New Haven resident and Mount Abraham Union High School graduate Gregory Scott finished tied for second place the 2011 Vermont Amateur Golf Tournament played at the Neshobe Golf Course in Brandon last week.
Devin Komline of the Dorset Field Club was the overall champion in the tournament, which wrapped up on July 14, shooting a 276.
In an hour-plus conversation last week with Stephen Kimbell, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration, the take-away message was that the upcoming changes to Vermont’s health care system will be a cooperative effort involving providers (hospitals and doctors) as the state’s crafts a new system of health care. Change will not come at the expense of the providers, Kimbell said.
FERRISBURGH — It’s been seven years since Garry Clark says manure first ran through the pond at his Ferrisburgh home, and after the most recent incident, he said that he’s had enough.
It’s not just that the manure fouls his property, he said he’s worried about of the health of nearby Lake Champlain.
State officials, who are looking into Clark's case, said farm runoff is an issue they constantly encounter in an agricultural state and county.
BRISTOL — Since his youth, Brian Simmons has lived, walked, breathed and thrown horseshoes.
After some health setbacks several years ago, the Bristol resident this week is heading to Louisiana to compete in the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) World Championships, where he is looking to regain a world title he won twice early in the decade.
ADDISON — A large barn fire at Ass-Pirin Acres farm in Addison last Wednesday afternoon had fire departments from five towns on the scene for several hours.
Marshlyn Reed, who runs the miniature donkey farm with her husband, Michael, said none of the 140 animals on the farm were injured in the fire, which started around 2 p.m. in an unused silo connected to the old dairy barn on the property.
SALISBURY — Middlebury College faculty member Kateri Carmola pleaded “no contest” to an embezzlement charge in Addison County District Court on July 11 for allegedly siphoning $4,500 from the Salisbury Historical Society during a three-month period last year.
Editor’s note: Guest writer Abi Sessions of Cornwall has co-raised three strapping children on the products of her vegetable garden and has taught in local schools for 37 years.