February 28th, 2013
One of my most vivid childhood memories is sitting at the kitchen counter with my little brother, John, drawing. I was perhaps nine, he a year younger, and we would each have sheets of white drawing paper and colored pencils or markers or crayons. I would often draw a bucolic barnyard scene, where the buildings were to scale but the horses and cows had elongated backs and too-short legs.
I love the Internet. A lot. If it dispensed food I’d never leave the computer.
But it’s time the Internet and I took a little break.
Things were better years ago. Every morning, I’d fix a cup of coffee and sit down to read my email, pausing only to let the dog and cat in or out 10 to 20 times. (For you young people, “email” was a popular thing before Facebook. It was a handy method of communicating — privately! — with people you knew in real life.)
This week’s writer is Ron Shems, chair of the Natural Resources Board, the agency that administers Act 250.
There has been a lot of press coverage of a recent letter issued by Act 250 on whether the WhistlePig LLC distillery is “farming” for Act 250 purposes. The complete story should be heard.
BRISTOL — On Dec. 23, 2012, at 2:55 p.m. Bristol police observed a white Chevrolet Tahoe with an expired Vermont inspection sticker traveling south on Liberty Street from Kountry Trailer Park. The occupants of the vehicle were known from prior involvements.
Police stopped the Tahoe for the inspection sticker violation, and investigation at the scene resulted in a follow-up investigation and a search warrant yielding evidence the subjects were involved in drug trafficking and trading weapons for drugs, according to Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are looking for help in determining the origin of a fire that consumed a horse barn in Monkton early Sunday morning.
At approximately 3 a.m. on Feb. 24 the Monkton Fire Department responded to a fire at 271 White Ridge Lane in Monkton. The fire was reported after a Monkton resident saw an “orange glow” in the area of White Ridge Lane.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Eric Manning, 40, of Ripton for possession of marijuana, following a traffic stop on Route 7 South on Feb. 20.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted in the search of an 8-year-old child who had walked away from a babysitter in the Seymour Street neighborhood on Feb. 19. Police said the child was found and returned home.
• Responded to the reported theft of a bracelet from a College Street residence on Feb. 19.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating 14 incidents of car thefts or break-ins throughout the city between Feb. 18 and 21, and are asking anybody who might have seen anything suspicious to call them at 877-2201.
Police are especially curious about two teens, one male and one female, who were seen during one Feb. 18 incident. That evening at about 10:30 p.m. a resident found a girl smoking a cigarette in his truck, after which she and a male companion fled the scene on foot. The resident then discovered, according to police, his truck had been ransacked.
BURLINGTON —Michael Wood, 45, and Steven Arnold, 20, both of Hancock, pled not guilty in United States District Court on Tuesday to an indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture and distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered Wood detained pending trial and scheduled a detention hearing on Feb. 28 for Arnold.