My parents dubbed me “the little miser” when I was a child growing up during the 1960s — not because I didn’t like to share, but because I was constantly clutching my piggy bank. And because we were of modest means, there wasn’t much folding money in my bank, just a handful of coins to rattle around.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen — sure, they’re the most popular baby names of 2012. But they’re also the names of the flying reindeer made famous in that classic Christmas poem — and song. I love that song.
Actually, I love all Christmas music, and I’ve already started listening. It feels like ages since I heard about wassailing, figgy pudding, French hens and other things that don’t really exist.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police jailed a female Northlands Job Corps student on Sunday after charging her with assaulting another female Northlands student.
City police on Dec. 2 cited Seantise Richardson, 19, of Newark, N.J., for both simple assault and obstruction of justice. Police alleged that Richardson kneed the female victim in the nose and then threatened the victim with further bodily harm if she told the police about the assault. Police lodged Richardson in the Chittenden County Correctional Center.
MIDDLEURY — Middlebury police were called to the Greystone Motel to deal on Route 7 South on Nov. 29 to deal with a homeless patron who was refusing to leave. After checking with the John Graham Emergency Shelter, police said the woman was ultimately taken to the Rutland Regional Medical Center for screening.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a noise complaint at a Case Street residence on Nov. 27.
Prepare yourself for the holiday cheer with our 2012 Holiday Guide where you will find lots of great information about holiday events, gatherings, and shopping ideas!
VERGENNES — The former Briarwood Manor nursing home at 1 Alden Place in Vergennes could soon be the headquarters of a 19-bed residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and young women who are battling drug addiction and/or “self-injury behaviors.”
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Tom O’Brien will retire following the 2013-2014 school year after 13 years in Vergennes, and on Nov. 28 he received the ANwSU board’s approval to work less than full-time — on a 60-percent basis — during the upcoming academic year.
Last Wednesday the ANwSU board also gave approval to O’Brien to negotiate with longtime Addison Central School (ACS) Principal Wayne Howe about coming aboard as a part-time ANwSU assistant superintendent next year.
MIDDLEBURY — State officials late last week announced that they are soliciting applications from entrepreneurs who want a portion of nearly $1 million in grant funds set aside for food and forestry businesses.
Grants ranging from $3,000 to $100,000 will be awarded later this winter by Vermont’s Working Lands Enterprise Board from a $986,5000 fund designed to fuel the Green Mountain State’s economy and build its local food system while maintaining its open lands and natural vistas.