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August 8th, 2013
Norman Maclean ends his novella “A River Runs Through It” with a sentence at once both simple and profound: “I am haunted by waters.”
There are times I know what he means. Most of the time, though, I am haunted by fish. Not by fish in general, but by specific fish in particular places. And without exception, they are fish I have not caught.
It’s no secret St. Albans has a drug problem. But the problem can’t be localized. It’s not a St. Albans problem. It’s a Vermont problem, and its tentacles reach into every alley corner, every hamlet, every city in the state. For verification, all one has to do is to read the court report, talk to any of the folks involved in law enforcement, or, saddest of all, talk to those within the medical community. It’s pandemic.
ADDISON — Aug. 16 is Vermont’s state holiday, commemorating Bennington Battle Day and the stunning American victory over the British at this Aug. 16, 1777, Revolutionary War battle. To celebrate, everyone is invited to visit the Vermont’s State-Owned Historic Sites on Friday, Aug. 16, when admission will be free to Vermont residents and Vermonters at heart.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) has announced that its Tri-Town Shuttle Bus schedules will change beginning Tuesday, Aug. 20. The adjustments will primarily re-establish consistent connections between Vergennes and Bristol plus simplify the circuits within each municipality.
MIDDLEBURY — The 2013 Middlebury Arts Walk season continues with the season’s fourth event taking place on Friday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. Middlebury Arts Walk is a free event (for artists, venues and attendees) and is held the second Friday of the month from May to October. In many cases the art is on display all month long — not just that evening.
WEYBRIDGE — Local and statewide rescue organizations rescued an injured man from a Weybridge cave early Wednesday morning after a 12-hour operation that required widening several rock openings with air chisels.
BRISTOL — Bristol’s long-running “Movies on the Park” series recently took a financial hit, but the show(s) will go on — at least for the rest of this summer.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Police Department in the coming months will phase in two newly hired police officers to replace two members who have left the force. It is a transition that will, in the meantime, require some creative scheduling to ensure shift coverage during the coming months while the new recruits are in training.