May 10th, 2012
The governor’s take on the session was enthusiastic optimism — as expected. And much of it is deserved.
Considering the damage to roads and bridges and the loss of business caused by Tropical Storm Irene last Aug. 28, and the tepid economy on top of a winter that starved ski resorts of predictable snow, it’s a wonder state residents weren’t asked to increase taxes to rebuild what was lost and replenish drained coffers.
We are now one month into the 2012 open season for trout. I confess a little trepidation as the season began, wondering what would be the impact of Tropical Storm Irene on our local waters. And what would be the impact of our dry winter?
The second of these questions is working itself out nicely. The season started with the lowest, warmest water, and some of the best mayfly hatches I’ve ever seen in the first three weeks of the season.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police have been investigating a number of home burglaries in which someone entered homes and, in many cases, walked off with jewelry.
Early last week police received reports of burglaries at three homes in Shoreham and one in Cornwall. Then last Wednesday, May 2, the owner of a Shacksboro Road home in Shoreham told troopers that someone had entered the unoccupied residence briefly and stolen only jewelry.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are investigating the alleged embezzlement of $12,248 from the Maverick gas station on Court Street reported on May 3. Store officials told police they suspect the theft might have occurred around May 1.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a burglary at a South Street Extension residence on April 30. Police said the thief stole a jewelry box.
VERGENNES — An April 30 domestic dispute at a South Maple Street residence led to charges of aggravated domestic assault, unlawful restraint and endangerment of a child filed against a Vergennes man. Vergennes police said the argument started over a doorknob that was not working properly.
VERGENNES — It’s known as the “Little City.” But Vergennes, unbeknownst to many, played a huge role two centuries ago in a major U.S. Navy victory that protected the Champlain Valley from British invasion and helped end the War of 1812.
The story is succinctly acknowledged on a plaque adorning a stately, stone-pillared monument standing in the city park.
FERRISBURGH/VERGENNES — “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” the old Chinese proverb eloquently says.
University of Vermont professor David Raphael may not teach his students how to fish. But the Panton resident and owner of LandWorks — the Middlebury outdoor design firm — is equipping UVM students in his “Sustainable Landscape Architecture and Construction” class with skills for life.
VERGENNES — Back in January, guitar-playing 16-year-old Vergennes resident Matteo Palmer knew several things that turned out to be related.
Those were that he enjoys attending and volunteering for events at the Vergennes Opera House, the theater had in recent years found it more difficult to make ends meet, and Grammy-winning southern Vermont resident Will Ackerman had become one of his guitar idols.