April 4th, 2013
We are surrounded by marble and granite, so much so that we rarely give it a thought. Much of the state is made of the stuff, our mountains and courthouses and old inns.
Marble and granite are among our most famous exports. When we see TV images of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, we are looking at pieces of Vermont.
What happens, though, when we see the stone itself as art?
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last Friday were called to investigate a burglary at a Starksboro home in which a neighbor interrupted the thieves apparently in the act of stealing guns.
According to Senior Trooper Justin Busby, Shane Manning and Kenneth Lemieux, both 23 and both from Starksboro, were surprised by a neighbor while they were inside a Shaker Hill Road home without permission at a little before 2 p.m. on March 29. The two men ran from the residence with stolen firearms and ammunition and attempted to hide down an embankment, Busby reported.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Dennis Bonnin, 32, of Middlebury for domestic assault, following an incident at a John Graham Court residence on March 31. Police said that Bonnin is alleged to have struck a woman in the head. He was lodged that evening at the Marble Valley Correctional Center, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a domestic disturbance at a Seminary Street residence on March 25.
BRISTOL — Bristol police last week cited an employee of Champlain Farms for embezzlement from the state liquor store in the Main Street business.
The Vermont Department of Liquor Control conducted an audit of the store after flagging suspicious activity related to sales transactions on the liquor store cash register, and on March 22 handed the results to the Bristol Police Department. Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said it was determined that liquor inventory worth more than $5,000 was unaccounted for.
VERGENNES — Between March 25 and 31, Vergennes police dealt with several drug incidents, the alleged theft of a large sum of cash from a Northlands Job Corps locker, and a domestic assault case at the John Graham Emergency Shelter.
In that seven-day time frame, city police:
• After a March 25 North Main Street traffic stop cited Jessica Rochon, 24, of Addison for driving with a civilly suspended license, ticketed her for possessing drug paraphernalia, and confiscated jewelry in her car to investigate whether it was stolen property.
A picture of four mud-soaked and delighted children was recently posted on the Facebook page of a children's museum that we frequented when we lived in California, under the caption: This is how kids should be playing.
MIDDLEBURY — Engineers are plowing head-on into planning for the replacement of the Merchants Row and Main Street railroad overpasses, a project they said would be accomplished with unprecedented rapidity and with what they hope will be minimal disruption to local businesses.
RUTLAND — Just listening to these working parents pursuing college degrees is exhausting.
Ava Pehm, 42, of Pittsford is a single mother to two kids, ages 10 and 13. She is pursuing a degree in administrative management from the Community College of Vermont in Rutland and works part-time.
Greg Lambert, 36, of Rutland is a single father to a seven-year-old boy and is a recent cancer survivor pursuing a degree in environmental science at CCV.
Niki Twohig of Rutland has two-year-old twin boys, and splits her time between school and work.