May 23rd, 2013
Before talking about next year’s legislative priorities in a 45-minute phone conversation on Tuesday, Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith wanted to talk about a beef he had with the press coverage of the past session. Why, he wondered, did the press not give the House credit for proposing and passing a more conservative budget than what the governor proposed? Why did the House get lambasted as a hotbed of progressive legislation and liberal leanings, while the governor was seen as pro-business and moderate by comparison?
When I look back on it, Dad was a gentle teacher.
But it wasn’t innate; it’s a skill to learn.
Seven years ago, my husband, Mark, and I impulsively bought an old farmhouse, with land and a couple of barns. We set out to fulfill our dream of “the simple life”: tending animals and growing our own food.
Yes, we are idiots.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a variety of largely routine incidents between May 6 and 19, including barking dogs, confiscation of drug paraphernalia, traffic stops, thefts, locked-out motorists and some threatening behavior.
In that two-week time span, city police:
• On May 6 dealt with barking dog complaints on Meadow Lane and South Water Street.
• On May 6 issued a no-trespass order to an Addison man who had tried to collect money from people at an East Street residence and frightened them.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to Hillside Drive in Starksboro at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, for a domestic violence call. Police said their investigation on scene showed that Shane Manning, 25, of Starksboro assaulted a family member and also threatened that person and another person with a knife.
Police charged Manning with aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault, and violation of conditions of release, and lodged him at the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of $50,000 bail.
In other recent activity, troopers:
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Victoria Pendleton, 20, of Middlebury for second-degree aggravated domestic assault and unlawful mischief, following an incident off Route 7 South in East Middlebury on May 17. Police said Pendleton was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a trespassing complaint at a Case Street property on May 13.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Partnership and city officials are looking for public input at a jointly sponsored Wednesday night Vergennes Opera House forum on a series of planned and potential recreation improvements around the city.
They are hoping for enough residents to attend the 7 p.m. gathering to have about a dozen sign up for each of four working groups devoted to specific issues, according to a partnership press release: