October 6th, 2011
We’re all a little hydro-phobic after Irene. If you live near a river, if your septic system erupted through the yard or if your satellite dish is on its way to the middle stratosphere, you know what I mean. You cringe when the toilet flushes, and sleep with an inflatable dolphin.
News that Vermont Gas Systems received permission from the Vermont Public Service Board to use ratepayer revenue to finance a proposed pipeline into Addison County boosts local efforts to attract economic growth and to retain existing industries in Vergennes and Middlebury.
You’ve heard the expression “If you want something done, do it yourself.”
I use this a lot. Like a few weeks ago, when I stared up at the dome ceiling light over our kitchen table and announced my plans to replace it with a proper chandelier.
My husband, Mark, groaned. He wasn’t opposed to a fancier light, but lately he’d been working so much his focus was more on putting food on the table than on illuminating it.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Vermont State Police trooper last Friday used his electric stun gun to subdue a Ripton man being taken into custody for allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend and a 76-year-old roommate, holding them at knifepoint and threatening to kill them.
BRISTOL — Two men wielding baseball bats reportedly charged into Bristol’s Living Well assisted care home just after midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and demanded drugs.
Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said the two suspects stole approximately 270 doses of narcotics. He described the suspects as white males, 19-20 years old, and 6 feet and 5-feet-9-inches tall, respectively. They wore ski masks, jeans and hooded sweatshirts.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police have recently issued a number of drug-related citations, some stemming from an earlier argument outside a New Haven Road home.
Police said earlier in September they responded to a dispute between a couple on New Haven Road. An investigation triggered by information gathered during that incident eventually led to charges against three people, they said.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Tyler J. Scherer, 22, of New Haven for driving under the influence, following a stop for speeding on Court Street on Friday, Sept. 30. Police said they measured Scherer’s blood-alcohol content at 0.186 percent. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Gave court diversion paperwork to a youth found to have been drinking alcohol on Middlebury College campus on Sept. 26.
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Our garden has had a tough year. Between heavy spring rains, Tropical Storm Irene, powdery mildew, and our local groundhog, keeping the garden going has been a challenge (though we have been rewarded with a great deal of cucumbers). Here in East Middlebury, we narrowly avoided a frost in late September, but the end of the growing season is very close. The first hard freeze of the year is coming to Addison County.