February 7th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (HPHRC) officials spend a lot of time helping injured patients become mobile enough to take that much-anticipated ride home. They routinely practice getting in and out of a vehicle as part of their transition to independence, though practice has at times required bundling up for parking lot visits in rain or snow.
LINCOLN — Students, parents and staff of the Lincoln Community School gathered in the building’s recently renovated gymnasium last Friday to celebrate a special month learning about the culture of India. The “India Festival” featured a shadow puppet show, a presentation of student artwork in traditional Indian styles, yoga, delicious Indian food and a magic show by local magician Tom Verner.
MIDDLEBURY — State and local police are getting a big assist in their investigations of domestic assault and sexual abuse cases thanks to a newly created service based in the Addison County Sheriff’s Department headquarters.
It’s called the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations, or ACUSI, and it includes a part-time investigator to help area law enforcement agencies bring to justice perpetrators of assault and sex crimes against adults and children.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team swept two NESCAC road games over the weekend before defeating visiting Lyndon on Tuesday to improve to 20-1, 6-1 in league play — and set some program landmarks in the process.
The league wins kept the Panthers’ chances for a first-place finish in NESCAC alive entering the final weekend of play, but they will need some help.
Call this the Super Bowl leftovers column. I don’t mean the quesadillas and guacamole I pulled out of the Kenmore for Monday lunch, but a few random afterthoughts about the game and broadcast. If I find my writing momentum stalling, I’ll go into a dark room for half an hour and try to regroup.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/4 St. Albans vs. MUHS..................... 69-55
2/4 OV vs. Leland & Gray .................. 62-49
2/5 Mt. Abe vs. Milton ......................... 58-49
2/5 VUHS vs. Missisquoi ................... 75-55
2/4 Mt. Abe vs. Mt. Mansfield................ 48-7
Republican legislators have taken the Shumlin administration to task for failing to articulate how the state’s health care reform law would be financed, as required by law. The administration contends it has “substantially” complied, and labels the partisan display a “stunt.”
Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by all the stuff that gets thrown my way — school board stories, personality profiles, obituaries, weddings and engagements, crime stories, gossip and hard news from Montpelier. All the nitty gritty details that make up the grubby lives we human beings endure on this patch of rock hurtling through space. Good grief! Occasionally a guy just wants get away from it all.
Now, thanks to the Dutch, I may just get to do that.