May 10th, 2012
The birds are chirping up a storm. The lilacs are in bloom. The convertibles are out. The calendar says it’s May. But it really isn’t spring until I bust out the ol’ Gravely.
Gravely, as any self-respecting yard-maintenance junkie knows, is a brand of lawn tractor. And at the risk of sounding like I have a stake in the company (I don’t), this particular Gravely has more value to me than its simple function of cutting grass.
How should the 2012 session of the Legislature be assessed? I would give the lawmakers a B+ grade: above-average performance, but with room for improvement on some issues and more work to be done on others.
The jail in Vergennes where Congressman Matthew Lyon was imprisoned is long gone. But his legend lives on, in part thanks to another former congressman and current U.S. senator, Bernie Sanders.
When you’re sailing against the prevailing political winds, it can be reassuring to know that others have done so and eventually prevailed.
Maybe that’s part of the reason that Sen. Sanders chose in a recent “Vermont Bernie Buzz” newsletter to highlight Matthew Lyon’s story.
The governor’s take on the session was enthusiastic optimism — as expected. And much of it is deserved.
Considering the damage to roads and bridges and the loss of business caused by Tropical Storm Irene last Aug. 28, and the tepid economy on top of a winter that starved ski resorts of predictable snow, it’s a wonder state residents weren’t asked to increase taxes to rebuild what was lost and replenish drained coffers.
We are now one month into the 2012 open season for trout. I confess a little trepidation as the season began, wondering what would be the impact of Tropical Storm Irene on our local waters. And what would be the impact of our dry winter?
The second of these questions is working itself out nicely. The season started with the lowest, warmest water, and some of the best mayfly hatches I’ve ever seen in the first three weeks of the season.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police have been investigating a number of home burglaries in which someone entered homes and, in many cases, walked off with jewelry.
Early last week police received reports of burglaries at three homes in Shoreham and one in Cornwall. Then last Wednesday, May 2, the owner of a Shacksboro Road home in Shoreham told troopers that someone had entered the unoccupied residence briefly and stolen only jewelry.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are investigating the alleged embezzlement of $12,248 from the Maverick gas station on Court Street reported on May 3. Store officials told police they suspect the theft might have occurred around May 1.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a burglary at a South Street Extension residence on April 30. Police said the thief stole a jewelry box.
VERGENNES — An April 30 domestic dispute at a South Maple Street residence led to charges of aggravated domestic assault, unlawful restraint and endangerment of a child filed against a Vergennes man. Vergennes police said the argument started over a doorknob that was not working properly.