August 16th, 2012
A friend recently asked me why I continue to grow vegetables every year when I so clearly hate gardening.
Who says I hate it?
She reminded me that in June I described gardening as “neither easy nor particularly enjoyable” and “the pits.”
But I never said I hated it. In fact, right now I actually like it a lot.
ADDISON COUNTY — A New Jersey man died after falling from the deck of a Lake Dunmore Road home in Salisbury on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Vermont State Police said Gerard K. Conroy, 50, of Bradley Branch, N.J., was visiting family members on Lake Dunmore when he fell from the deck of the home, dropping around 12 feet to the ground below. The ground consisted of brush and rock, and Conroy suffered a head injury as a result of the fall, according to police. Conroy was found unresponsive.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report of an unresponsive man lying on the ground near the town green gazebo on Sunday, Aug. 12. When police arrived at the scene, local physician Dr. Diana Barnard was performing chest compressions on the man while waiting for the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Asociation to arrive at the scene.
Once at Porter Hospital, the man regained a pulse and blood pressure, according to police.
In other action, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — City police last week arrested two men relating to drug trafficking in the area.
Police arrested Mark Kennedy, 25, on Thursday, Aug. 9, for distribution of heroin and possession of illegal narcotics outside of Small City Market. Chief George Merkel said Kennedy was arrested in late July for marijuana and paraphernalia possession.
Additionally, police arrested David Spencer, 31, on Icehouse Court on the same day. Spencer was caught driving with a suspended license and was cited for possession of heroin.
NEW HAVEN — Scores of Addison County’s strongest and toughest competitors put on their game faces last Friday night at the 35th annual armwrestling tournanent at the Addison County Fair and Field Days.
Number were down slightly from last year’s bonanza of participants — there were still 132 youth wrestlers and 112 adults. Nevertheless, Karen Brisson, who organized the event along with Patrick Coyle, said the show tent at the fairgrounds in New Haven was rockin’.
MIDDLEBURY — When Larry Carlson moved into the 25-unit Vergennes Senior Housing project on Armory Lane earlier this year, he was immediately impressed with the accommodations. But as a 71-year-old diabetic, Carlson was concerned about his ability to stay in his new apartment as his medical needs escalate to the point of sending him into the hospital.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital officials are asking state approval for a fiscal year 2013 budget of around $69 million, including a 4.2-percent increase in net revenues and a boost of 5 percent in the rates charged for medical procedures.
ADDISON COUNTY — Aquilino Martinez has grown his own vegetables at home in Mexico, but when he came to Addison County to work on a dairy farm, he faced some new challenges.
A new project that helps foreign-born farmworkers around the county create and maintain gardens has this summer brought some variety and a little more nutrition to Martinez’s garden.
“It helps to have a little of everything — to have variety,” the Mexican laborer said in Spanish last Thursday. “It’s something healthier.”