The mild winter seemed too good to be true. And it was. The downright tolerable temperatures allowed an unprecedented number of ticks to survive and, according to the news, they’re out in force this year.
If you’re the kind of person — like me — who lives in a constant state of unease, believing that bugs exist primarily to crawl on you, summer is already a nerve-wracking time of itchy paranoia. Now there’s a bumper crop of critters that want to bury themselves in your skin, suck your blood and spread disease.
Kill me now.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Samuel Griffin, 19, of Fort Washington, Pa., for possession of marijuana, following investigation of an incident at the intersection of College Street and Adirondack View on Saturday, May 27. Police allege Griffin had passed out on the sidewalk. Authorities said they found three bags of marijuana hanging out of his pocket. Police also served Griffin with a civil citation for being a minor in possession of alcohol.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
ADDISON COUNTY — On May 20 Vermont State Police at the New Haven barracks received a report of a missing person. A friend reported that Octavian Graur, 26, had driven her to Ferrisburgh in an older green Mercedes C280 to drop her off and that Graur was expected to drive from Ferrisburgh to his new summer employment in Osterville, Mass., but hadn’t reported to work.
After looking into the matter, Trooper Armstrong informed the friend that Graur was in police custody.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled a variety of matters between May 21 and 27, including gas drive-offs, calls for back-up from other agencies, a few incidents involving juveniles, and citations following traffic stops.
In that week, Vergennes police:
• On May 21 talked to a driver who had left Champlain Farms without paying for gas; she said it was a mistake and returned and paid.
• On May 21 told youths fishing at the MacDonough Drive docks to put out a fire they had started on the pavement there.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite plenty of effort in Thursday’s home game vs. traditional rival Woodstock, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse team came up just short, 7-6.
The 10-4 Wasps scored the only two goals of the fourth quarter to erase an MUHS lead, while the Tigers committed a few too many mistakes and Wasp goalie Ben Orr made three of his seven saves.
MIDDLEBURY — Mount Mansfield Union High School’s boys’ and girls’ track teams took first place at a Tuesday meet hosted by Middlebury, while Mount Abraham’s teams took second.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County poverty fighting organization Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) has put out a new plea for donations in wake of a depleted food shelf and big surge in people asking for help in paying utility bills.
“I have never seen this before; people are calling asking about help every day,” said HOPE Executive Director Jeanne Montross, who has led the poverty fighting organization for more than a decade.
“This is amazing.”
SALISBURY/LEICESTER — The Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association (LDFLA) wants to enlist the help of some tiny insects to accomplish a feat that has thus far eluded hail divers and heavy marine equipment: the eradication of Eurasian milfoil.
The LDFLA has applied for permission from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to introduce thousands of Euhrychiopsis lecontei — aka milfoil weevils — as another weapon in removing the nuisance aquatic weeds that have been steadily encroaching on the lakes.