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February 14th, 2013
As I travel around the state visiting with Vermonters, I am grateful for how well we are doing. Our unemployment rate is consistently among the lowest in the nation. We are coming out of the Great Recession in better condition than our neighbors. Our revenues have rebounded by 27 percent since its depths. And we are fighting back from Tropical Storm Irene stronger than ever.
I like to think that sometimes, rarely, I know, but still, sometimes … sometimes a balding 49-year-old can be a little hip, a little cool. But a viewing of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards show on Sunday night left me feeling that there is no such thing as a little hip or a little cool. You’re either all the way hip or not at all. Here is a break down of the show that put me in my place.
A few months ago, I found this tidbit on the Internet:
“As people age, the lens of the eye becomes less elastic, losing its ability to focuson objects up close. This process, called presbyopia, is a natural part of aging, and affects nearly everyone over the age of 40.”
“Yeah,” I said when I read it, “maybe everyone over the age of 40 who isn’t awesome. But not me.”
I love Valentine’s Day because I love love. What could be more fun than a day dedicated to romance and chocolate? Sure, it’s overly commercialized and all that, but why not ignore the bad and enjoy the good?
VERGENNES — Vergennes police reported three incidents of cash being stolen between Feb. 4 and 10, and they are urging citizens to report suspicious behavior promptly.
Two of the thefts occurred on Feb. 4. A woman reported $22 stolen from an unlocked car on Comfort Hill, and a man reported $640 stolen from the glove compartment of a car parked at the Small City Market.
On Feb. 7 police went to the Hillside Acres apartment complex when a woman there reported that cash had been taken from her apartment.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a disorderly conduct complaint at the Addison County Courthouse on Feb. 7. Police said a foreign national inside the building had become upset with Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles officials.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Cited a 13-year-old juvenile for assault following an incident on Exchange Street on Feb. 4.
• Received a barking dog complaint in the Woodland Park area on Feb. 4.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last week made some arrests of people they believe may be behind some of the recent spate of break-ins.
SHOREHAM — While Vermont Gas Systems Inc. is now actively seeking the necessary permits and easements it needs to extend its pipeline south into Vergennes and Middlebury by next year, the company is also starting to lay the groundwork for the second phase of its expansion plans: Service to International Paper Co. in Ticonderoga, N.Y., by 2015, a construction project that will affect several property owners in Cornwall and Shoreham.