August 9th, 2012
I tend to get caught in bubbles. Metaphorical bubbles, that is.
Growing up in a suburban town in central Ohio and moving to Middlebury after high school, I am attracted to the sense of comfort that small towns provide. The familiar faces, streets and foods are among the many things that contribute to this feeling of ease.
More often than not, these small towns that I have grown to love are protection for many. Consistency and reliability allow us to rest within our comfort zones.
On July 25, Vermont’s Patrick Leahy cast the 14,000th roll-call vote of his 38-year Senate career. Only six senators in the 224-year history of Congress have cast more votes than Leahy.
MIDDLEBURY — Alyson Young had always been an active person. But that all came to a crashing halt one fateful day in October 2005 when she was involved in a serious car accident.
“My movement became seriously inhibited,” Young recalled. “My pelvis became twisted and rotated. I had to crawl on the floor to move around. It was really frustrating and painful.”
No candidate wants to embrace a national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent and suggest it is an accomplishment of a president’s first four years in office. On the other hand, it is imperative the president remind the nation how far the economy had fallen in the aftermath of President George W. Bush’s policies, explain the depth of the Great Recession and the underlying reasons that prompted it, and promote how current policies are producing slow but steady improvement.
Those numbers don’t lie.
MIDDLEBURY — Marion Guild left Middlebury 71 years ago with some disappointment. She had just seen one of her male bosses take credit for designing the Emma Hart Willard monument that still stands at the top of Main Street in front of the Congregational Church of Middlebury.
Well, Tuesday provided a triumphant return to Middlebury for Guild, now 95, who received belated credit for being the true designer of the monument honoring the person credited for starting women’s collegiate education in the United States.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police on Aug. 2 received a report of the theft of approximately $14,305 worth of property from a private camp off Swamp Road in Cornwall.
A 2004 Kubota Orange RV900 ATV worth $9,000 was stolen, as well as generators, tools, radiators from trucks, batteries, a 12-foot aluminum boat, chainsaws, 300 feet of copper welding cable, and scrap aluminum and metal.
BRISTOL — To meet the high demand for computer use in Bristol and surrounding towns, Mount Abraham Union High School is opening its computer labs to the public. The school is able to hire a coordinator for that lab thanks to a $4,000 grant from the e-Vermont Project — the final installment for the program.
Beginning Aug. 15, the school will initiate a trial period, making computers available to the public from 3:30-7 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated, with Department of Fish & Wildlife officials, a report of a skunk acting strangely in the Jayne Court neighborhood on Aug. 5. State officials determined the skunk, which they euthanized, was either injured or rabid. Police said no one in the neighborhood reported being scratched or bitten by the animal.
In other recent action, Middlebury police:
• Were informed that a pad had been stolen off a crane parked off MacIntyre Lane on July 30.