November 8th, 2012
I was driving into work on the morning after the election and I heard a Republican strategist on the radio asked about how the GOP needs to change to build a coalition that can win a presidential election. The guy stammered about Republican governors and the House of Representatives for a few minutes, then admitted that he didn’t know.
A pundit admitting that he didn’t know! I let out a big sigh; what a relief.
When you ask people, “What’s this winter going to be like?” the respondents fall into two camps: Those who believe it’s going to be super-snowy, and those who believe it’s going to be a lot like last year. In other words, Camp A really wants to go skiing and Camp B hates to shovel.
But who’s right?
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a reported sexual assault involving a girl at a North Pleasant Street residence on Oct. 30. Police said the victim was examined at Porter Hospital and a report has been made to the Vermont Department of Children and Families. The matter remains under investigation, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Warned a man to stop texting a local woman on Oct. 29.
• Investigated reports of a gunshot fired in the Mead Lane area on Oct. 29.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police charged a 20-year-old Northlands Job Corps student with aggravated assault following an Oct. 29 beating that resulted in the victim being treated in Porter Hospital for a broken nose and broken finger.
Police arrested Parish Gregory, 20, of South Bethlehem, Pa., on Oct. 30, and he was held for lack of $20,000 bail until he was arraigned.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Nov. 2 Vermont State Police in the New Haven barrack concluded an investigation that led to three Leicester residents being arrested on drug charges, and a fourth arrested for other alleged offenses.
Big story still to come tonight, at midnight, is the projection for Senate gains for Democrats... and for women.
As it now stands at 12:11 a.m, Nov. 7, the Democrats have won 50 Senate seats, plus two Independents — Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders in Vermont, who votes solidly with the Democrats, and Angus King, Maine, who will be a true independent, leaning Democratic on social issues. But there are still four Senate seats in the running, and three of them are leading Democratic.
FERRISBURGH — The Environmental Court has ruled in favor of South Burlington firm Champlain Oil Co. (COCO) in COCO’s lengthy effort to build a gas station, a convenience store and fast-food restaurant on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
Environmental Court Judge Thomas Durkin’s Oct. 10 ruling not only granted COCO a permit for its project, but also overturned conditions that the Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) had placed on the business, notably by allowing COCO to sell diesel fuel and to open earlier and close later.
MIDDLEBURY — Officials at the organization Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) are bracing for what they believe will be a substantial spike in requests for assistance from area residents unable to pay their fuel and utility bills.
As of the end of September, HOPE was more than 50-percent shy of meeting its $128,000 donation goal to help people facing electricity shut-offs and/or at risk of seeing their fuel oil tanks go dry. This is assistance accorded to people who have exhausted their own resources and governmental assistance programs.