September 2nd, 2013
VERGENNES — Repairs were under way in various sections of Vergennes Union High School as the school year began last Wednesday, and a series of heavy and unexpected rainstorms early last week wreaked havoc on several language classrooms.
“It overwhelmed the design of the temporary structure on the roof,” explained Co-principal Ed Webbley.
Webbley said he was unsure of the cost of the damage because VUHS is not responsible for the damage from the storm, which is covered by the construction company’s insurance.
Jim Andrews’ boots went splodge, splodge as he trudged along a waterlogged ditch in the mostly pathless Blueberry Hill Wildlife Management Area in the town of Ira on a hot July morning.
His gaze flicked from side to side, alert for the slightest movement. He was already wet to the knees from a thus far unsuccessful brookside hunt for the skittish spring salamander, a slimy amphibian colored the ugly pink of calves’ liver.
“What are we finding?” Andrews called to Cindy Sprague, a volunteer assistant from Huntington.
BANGOR, Maine — A grand jury in Bangor, Maine, last week indicted Jeffrey Parfitt, 26, of Middlebury, Vt., on one count of class B felony unlawful sexual contact.
MIDDLEBURY — Forth ’N Goal co-owner Dan McIntosh was talking about how much he enjoys 6 a.m. two-mile swims in Lake Dunmore along with other members of the Middlebury Muffintops swimming club.
It was so beautiful out there this past Wednesday, Dan said, he wanted to get his father and fellow Muffintop, Don McIntosh, to take a break and watch the mist drifting across the water.
“We were out there and the lake was like glass, and it was gorgeous,” said Dan, 48. “I stopped halfway just to look at the scenery.”
There’s a classic scene near the end of “The Big Lebowski” — the best bowling movie ever — where The Dude (Jeff Bridges) and Walter (John Goodman) stand on an ocean cliff. They’ve clambered out there to spread the cremated ashes of Donnie, their recently deceased friend and bowling partner.
But it’s windy out there. When Walter releases Donnie’s remains after a hilariously inappropriate soliloquy, the breeze blasts the ashes directly onto The Dude’s face — where they stick into a pasty mask.
We might be all mourning another Newtown-style gun tragedy, this one near Atlanta, if it weren’t for the bravery and calm of a school clerk named Antoinette Tuff. She had just sat down at a desk, taking the place of another secretary at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, when 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill entered the school. Dressed in black and armed to the teeth, the would-be gunman appeared extremely agitated and ready to inflict harm.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
9/6 Hartford at MUHS 7 p.m.
9/6 Mt. Abe at Winooski 7 p.m.
9/7 Fairfax at OV 1 p.m.
9/3 Mt. Mansfield at MUHS 4 p.m.
9/3 Colchester at Mt. Abe 4 p.m.
9/4 OV at Springfield 4 p.m.
9/5 MUHS at Hartford 4 p.m.
9/6 OV at Woodstock 4 p.m.
9/7 U-32 at Mt. Abe 10 a.m.
White-tailed deer hunting is an integral part of Vermont’s heritage. The Vermont Constitution has guaranteed the right to hunt and fish since 1777, nearly 200 years before other states adopted similar provision. There’s even a white-tailed deer on the state flag.