April 19th, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — The warm, dry weather this spring is unusual, but to some farmers it’s come as a welcome change from last year.
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, precipitation totals at the Burlington weather station are running about 3.3 inches below average, at just over 7 inches since Jan. 1. Vermont also saw record high temperatures in March. With little precipitation and very little snowmelt, the fields and forests are unusually dry.
VERGENNES — In a hard-fought, if not necessarily artistic, high school boys’ lacrosse game on Tuesday, Mount Abraham snapped a third-quarter tie at Vergennes and held on for its first win of 2012, 9-7.
After VUHS sophomore attacker J.T. O’Brien knotted the score at 4-4 at 55 seconds after halftime, the Eagles went on a 4-1 run over the next seven minutes, including both of freshman middie Gus Catlin’s goals in the game, a goal and an assist from senior attacker Conor McDonough, and one of sophomore Travis Bachand’s team-high four goals.
It’s a hectic time of the year, with Town Meeting Day coinciding with many winter athletic teams in playoffs, and then our Spring Sports Report blending with 20-degree nights, 80-degree days and heated debates on religious expression up in my news beat.
That makes it a perfect time for some random, scattershot reflections on the sports world. To whit:
ADDISON COUNTY — On April 13 troopers from the New Haven and Rutland state police barracks investigated the thefts of heavy equipment and tractor batteries from Ploof Excavating and the town of Salisbury on Upper Plains Road in Salisbury and Mountain Meadow Farm on Vail Road in Sudbury. While investigating the incidents, troopers received information resulting in the arrests of Cale Quenneville, 18, of Brandon and Scott Lanpher, 24, of Leicester.
They cited the men into court for three counts of grand larceny and three counts of unlawful mischief.
MIDDLEBURY — Police in Middlebury are warning area residents to be wary of scammers calling this week.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 11, the Middlebury Police Department received numerous reports of Addison County residents receiving automated phone calls that said their debit cards were “locked,” according to Middlebury Police Sgt. Jason Covey. In each case the messages prompted the potential victims to enter their account number to “unlock” the debit cards.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police between April 9 and 15 handled a variety of incidents, including a harassment issue at Vergennes Union High School, a verbal domestic dispute, and a bad-check case.
In that week, city police:
• On April 9 met with and mentored VUHS students having behavioral issues.
• On April 10 unsuccessfully tried to find a motorist who had driven off from Champlain Farms without paying for about $20 of gas.
When is enough debate enough, and when can common sense simply prevail without tipping off the lobbyists and setting up a battle within the state legislature? Both questions come to mind with respect to the two amendments added last week at the last minute to a bill that would establish “universal recycling of solid waste.”
What may be most surprising about the story of Addison County Sheriff James Coons is that he did so much, so quietly.