March 22nd, 2012
BRISTOL — Last week many Bristol residents found themselves without water, and the town reservoir went just about dry.
Both of these problems stemmed from a string of systemic failures that began with a faulty water pump, said Selectman Alan Huizenga, who provides engineering services to the town as the president of Green Mountain Engineering.
You’re sitting down, right?
Recent studies indicate that sitting for any length of time is only slightly better for your health than riding a motorcycle drunk, while smoking, without a helmet. By the time you reach the end of this column, in fact, you’ll be lucky if you haven’t had a coronary.
MIDDLEBURY — The next stop for the one-vote Town Meeting Day election win posted by Vergennes challenger Susan Ferland over incumbent Vergennes Union Elementary School board director Cheryl Brinkman was set to be in a Thursday morning hearing in Addison County Superior Court.
On March 6, Ferland, a former Addison Central School teacher, edged Brinkman, a VUES board chairwoman and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union board member, 329-328, in a race for a seat on the VUES board.
MIDDLEBURY — A Starksboro man was sentenced in Addison County District Court on Monday to 100 hours in jail, three years of probation and court costs after pleading guilty to a fifth drunk-driving offense and to reckless endangerment for driving while under the influence of alcohol with his 7-year-old son in his vehicle.
Judge Helen M. Toor also imposed alcohol-related conditions on Ruby Brace Road resident Marland Brewer, 46, and imposed court costs on him. Toor ordered Brewer to start serving his jail time on March 29 at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility.
Big crowd at a college basketball game, full of noisy anticipation as tip-off approaches.
The public address announcer presents the starting teams: “And now, for YOUR (insert home team’s name)!” Crowd goes wild.
The last ritual before the game starts is the P.A. announcer reading a statement that urges “good sportsmanship . . . and cooperation by supporting participants and officials in a positive manner,” and indicates that “profanity will not be tolerated.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Padraic M. Mulcahy, 23, of Leicester for domestic assault and unlawful restraint, following an incident on Route 30 on March 15. A witness told police she had seen a man force a woman into a vehicle he encountered on Route 30 in Cornwall. Police tracked down the vehicle in Middlebury and arrested Mulcahy.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted a local man who reported receiving unwanted phone calls on March 12.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on March 13 arrested New Haven Road resident Russell Hulst, 51, for violating the conditions of his release on earlier domestic assault charges.
Police said they spotted Hulst in his truck on Main Street making contact with the victim of the assault, thus violating an order to stay away from her. Police lodged Hulst in the Chittenden County Correctional Center following the March 13 incident.
In other action between March 12 and 18, Vergennes police:
ADDISON COUNTY — A veteran triathlete and owner of a popular Middlebury fitness center was injured Monday while riding his bicycle in Leicester.
According to Vermont State Police, Steve Hare, 55, of Middlebury was riding his bike west on Fern Lake Road toward Leicester Four Corners at about 4:20 p.m. Monday. A minivan driven by Matthew Newton, 42, of Leicester was traveling on Fern Lake Road in the same direction.