September 27th, 2012
A lot of people cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. A few people even raise their own. But I’m probably the only person in Addison County who has spent the past week giving her Thanksgiving turkey physical therapy.
See, not long ago a neighborhood dog attacked the four turkeys we raised this summer, killing one and making this one’s life flash before her eyes. We put her affairs in order but within two days she had made a miraculous recovery.
It didn’t last.
“We’re all bozos on the bus, so we might as well enjoy the ride.”
— Wavy Gravy
There’s something about the Maine coast that just swallows up your daily cares.
It buries them in the sandstone that’s shot through with quartz veins rising up from the ocean floor. Splinters them in the light playing off dark blue lagoons. Washes them away in the swell of waves slamming the shore and slipping back into the deep.
BRISTOL — Police in Bristol on Sept. 17 responded to a complaint of a woman, believed to be intoxicated, driving from Bristol Beverage.
A search on the license plate revealed the vehicle belonged to Susan Paquin, 49, of Bristol, said Police Chief Kevin Gibbs. Police soon received a second report that Paquin was at a Mountain Street residence.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police said use of the department’s new license-plate reader on Sept. 20 helped lead to a series of citations, including one for driving under the influence of alcohol, for an Addison man.
Police said they saw a trailer being towed on Green Street with its lights out, and use of the reader showed the owner of the vehicle had a suspended license. Police also alleged the vehicle weaved badly on the road before they stopped it on Main Street.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last week cited two minors — one from Leicester, one from Brandon — for second-degree arson involving an Aug. 16 fire in Benson.
On Aug. 16, firefighters from the Benson, Orwell and West Haven fire departments put out five separate fires at the former Camp E-Wen-Akee on Root Pond Road in Benson. The state police’s initial investigation has determined that these fires were intentionally set.
There were no injuries as a result of this fire and damage is estimated to be under $25,000 at this time.
Anyone driving up Lincoln Road along the New Haven River from Bristol to West Lincoln in the past few weeks is sure to have noticed a new structure hanging over the water at Eagle Park. Indeed, over the past several months regular commuters have seen the entire project slowly take shape, including the grading and construction of a ramp leading from a parking lot down toward a bend in the river, and then eventually the appearance of a sturdy new platform and railings along with some attractive landscaping.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were informed on Sept. 23 that a local woman had been the victim of fraud that day. The woman told police that a person claiming to be her grandson asked her to wire him money because he had been arrested in Seattle.
The woman told police she wired four transactions totaling $9,493. But she subsequently spoke with her “real” grandson and learned she had been scammed.
Police warned the public to never wire money to anyone without being sure who they are.
In other action last week, Middlebury police: