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June 7th, 2012
The aging of Vermont’s population is a well-known finding from the 2010 U.S. Census. Vermont has the second-oldest population of any state, behind only Maine. If current trends continue, Vermont could well be the oldest state in the nation by 2020.
It was one of the hardest phone calls I’d ever had to make.
We’d been seeing each other since last fall. Now it had finally become clear that things just weren’t going to work out.
Even when you know you’ve got to end it, though, it’s always hard to tell the other party.
Our relationship had seemed so right at first.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Wednesday, May 30, at 2:40 a.m. Vermont State Police checked on a suspicious vehicle parked at an auto dealer/repair shop in New Haven Junction. The shop was closed.
The trooper found the driver, identified as Ryan Doody, 36, of Woodland, Maine, asleep at the wheel with the engine running, the vehicle in drive and his foot on the brake. Doody immediately denied being the one operating the vehicle.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued two citations for driving under the influence of alcohol between May 28 and June 3, both while on grant-funded patrols on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Both citations followed stops for speeding.
On May 28, city police cited Matthew Randall, 25, of Essex Junction, for DUI after stopping his car for traveling 52 mph in a 40 mph zone. Police allege his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.102 percent at the Vergennes station. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted a local man who was the target of a phone scam on May 30. Police said the man was told that he had won a Mercedes and $700,000 and all he had to do was send in a $500 money order to claim the prizes.
Authorities are again warning people not to share their private financial information with others promising something too good to be true.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
Any conversation about Social Security reform must begin with hard facts: On the current track, U.S. federal income will be insufficient in 2025 — a mere 13 years from now — to pay for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and interest on the debt.
All other spending — for defense, medical research, highways, education, energy, you name it — would have to be paid for with borrowed money. Conclusion: federal revenues must rise and spending on these major entitlements must fall.
VERGENNES — In 2007, the Vergennes Union High School baseball team defeated both Otter Valley and Mount Abraham on the way to the Division II title.
This spring, the Commodores are hoping history will repeat itself.
In a Friday quarterfinal, No. 2 VUHS hung on for a 3-2 win over the No. 10 Eagles that ended when Mount Abe stranded the go-ahead runs in scoring position.
VERGENNES — Late one recent morning, Vergennes Union High School junior Ashley Stearns burst into Judy Wiger’s science classroom.
“I’m mad at you,” Stearns told Wiger. “I’m mad at you because you’re leaving.”
The two hugged, but Wiger told Stearns she couldn’t talk to her right then: Wiger had scheduled an interview to talk with a newspaper reporter about her retirement this month after three decades at VUHS.