October 27th, 2011
If I had been writing the story covering Middlebury’s selectboard meeting on Tuesday night, I would have written a different beginning than the one we used on today’s front page.
It would have read like this:
“Creating ‘good jobs close to home,’ was the message a group of 25 area community leaders took to the Middlelbury selectboard in an hour-long presentation Tuesday evening, along with their unanimous endorsement to hire an economic development director to create jobs in Middlebury.
Pat McDonald, the chair of the Vermont Republican Party, could well be the Republican candidate for governor in 2012. While she has not yet declared her candidacy, many Republicans are urging McDonald to enter the race. The other Republicans who have been mentioned as gubernatorial candidates have either not shown interest in a 2012 campaign (Brian Dubie and Randy Brock), or have decided to seek re-election to their current position (Tom Salmon).
If you own a computer in this day and age, chances are you’re storing information in the cloud.
Let me rephrase: If you’ve ever shared photos on Facebook, ever sent an email using Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo, or ever transferred files using Dropbox, you have information stored on any number of third-party servers around the globe — termed “the cloud.”
The All-Blacks from host New Zealand triumphed before their adoring public last week in the Rugby World Cup, defeating France in the final. Perhaps you watched the match on national TV.
Rugby is a sport of great international scope, the national game in Wales, South Africa, and New Zealand and popular in many other countries of the world. Rugby’s following in the U.S. is growing.
I had a chance to travel to rugby-crazed New Zealand some years ago. I came home with a suitcase full of cool All-Blacks gear as gifts for kids and friends.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited two women in the aftermath of a late-afternoon Oct. 17 fight on North Green Street that police said was triggered by a dispute over a mutual male friend.
Police said the two women — Amanda Plankey, 21, of Bristol and Korey Koch, 22, of Vergennes — were both yelling at each other and hit each other in the face “several times” before they were separated.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a reported burglary at the Airport Auto Storage Units off School House Hill Road on Sunday, Oct. 23. Police said someone allegedly cut the lock off one of the units and stole a cherry sleigh bed, with king-sized mattress. Police said the items were valued at a combined total of around $5,000.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted a local woman who reported receiving harassing calls and text messages on Oct. 17.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Sunday at about 1:20 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a downed aircraft near Brown Road and Lewis Road in Shoreham.
The pilot of the ultralight airplane, Donald S. Arnold, 56, of Shoreham, told Trooper Cathy Cappetta that he was up in the air for approximately six to seven minutes before he lost control of the aircraft and it crashed in a field near his home. Cappetta described Arnold as an experienced pilot.
Earlier this fall, my friends got together and placed friendly bets on when the first measurable snow would fall in East Middlebury. My bet was for October 28th, so I was excited earlier this week to read forecasts of accumulating snow on Thursday night. Then, yesterday morning, the snow was all but removed from the forecast!
So, what gives? Why do the forecasts seem to change so much? Are the meteorologists just guessing? Is there a forecaster bias towards dramatic (or comfortable) weather? Or, is there something else going on?