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July 3rd, 2013
Recently, I was asked to sit on a dissertation committee for a scholar pursuing a doctoral degree in Pastoral Counseling. Among the many things that the author, Paul Deal, is probing is the paradox of doing pastoral counseling (in his case, in a Christian context) at this time when our future — in the face of climate change, species loss and other forms of ecological degradation — is perilous at best.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes officer and an Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputy both experienced disturbing symptoms during a June 24 traffic stop on Route 7 in New Haven, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel and city department records.
The deputy called for backup from Vergennes police at the stop because of what Merkel described as “the smell of burnt pot” and “a faint chemical odor.”
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police received several reports of home burglaries in Addison County this past week.
The week started on June 25 when troopers at the New Haven barracks received a report of a burglary at an unsecured home in the Echo Road neighborhood in Ferrisburgh that day. Two nail guns worth a total of $400 and a Sharp 36-inch flat screen TV worth $900 were reported stolen.
BRISTOL — In the early morning hours of Monday, June 24, Bristol police received a report of an armed robbery. The complainant reported that a Main Street resident was approached from behind by a white male, approximately 5 foot, 6 inches tall, wearing dark clothing including a hooded sweatshirt.
The resident told police the subject stuck something in her back and demanded her wallet.
Police reported later Monday morning that they had identified two possible suspects.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of an unresponsive man who had allegedly overdosed on heroin in a Case Street residence on June 27. Rescue officials were able to revive the man, and the matter remains under investigation, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Turned over two loose dogs to the local animal control officer on June 27. The dogs were found in the East Main Street area, according to police.
BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has made more spending cuts and approved yet another town budget and yet another vote date — its fourth in four months.
Following a marathon public meeting that lasted more than three and half hours this past Monday night, the board OK’d a $3,147,634 spending plan for the fiscal year that began July 1, with $2,331,134 to be raised by property taxes. That spending number represents an increase of 3.7 percent, or $84,084, from the budget for the year just ended.
BRISTOL — Trent and Abby Roleau always knew they wanted to have their own farm, a dream that few people can achieve in their early 20s.
Then, early this year, an email from the Vermont Land Trust landed in their inboxes. VLT was notifying its email list that it was seeking applications for a conservation project that would protect 687 acres of woodland and farmland on Route 116 north of Bristol village, land currently owned by the Farr and Fuller families. The Roleaus decided to throw their hat in the ring and drew up a business plan.
VERGENNES — Astronauts on the 1970 Apollo 13 moon launch had to abort after 56 hours and barely returned to Earth with their lives.
Unlike them, Vergennes Union High School 8th-grader and space aficionado Alyse Beauchemin successfully completed her mission — a Capstone Challenge Project on that ill-fated NASA operation.