August 30th, 2012
Health reform continues to be debated on national and state political stages. Sometimes the power of personal stories is lost in these debates. As we head toward another winter of debating health care in Montpelier I wanted to share a couple of my own experiences and ask you to share yours with me. The names in the stories below are not fictional because they all helped save my life. In an effort to be polite I have refrained from naming those who have not assisted in this effort.
Every family has had at least one since pre-historic times: A designated grill grunt to supervise the roasting of large slabs of meat over an open flame to provide nourishment for the clan. Someone raised my hand when the assignment was offered up in our family a few decades ago, and no one has yet to wrestle me for the tongs and spatula.
So with more than a few grill marks on my gun belt, I guess it made a little sense when my brother-in-law, Peter, invited me to compete in his third annual ribfest.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police “followed the Subway” to a Bristol resident they have charged with burglary in connection with an Aug. 1 break-in at the Lincoln General Store.
Police on Monday, Aug. 27, cited Josh Mayo, 21, for burglary for allegedly breaking into the Lincoln store through a side window. Once inside, authorities allege he stole around $305 in cash and $330 in cigarettes.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Saturday night issued a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol after responding to a call for aid from a Vermont game warden.
City police said they first got a call from the dispatcher that the warden had stopped a car on Basin Harbor Road in Panton. When the warden did not respond to police calls to ask what the issue was, they went to the scene and discovered the warden had stopped a car driven by Philip Myers, 24, of Shelburne.
BRISTOL — When husband-wife duo Jeff Weaber and Katina Martin moved back to Addison County in 2005, Martin — a naturopathic physician — founded Salisbury Natural Family Health the following year.
Weaber, with his years of brewing experience in Oregon, decided to combine his and his wife’s skillsets to create a beverage high in vitamins and probiotic yeast and bacteria: kombucha, a slightly fermented tea first produced in Asia. In the autumn of 2007, the kombucha company Aqua Vitea was born in the basement of Weaber and Martin’s Salisbury home.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police interviewed a local woman who on Aug. 23 said she had received two letters from an unknown person alleging that her husband was “cheating on her.”
One of the two letters included a cell phone number to call. The cell phone, police determined, belongs to a 17-year-old Cornwall youth who said he did not write the letters and did not have any knowledge why his phone number was included in the letters.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department dealt with a variety of calls between Aug. 7 and 15. The most noteworthy was on Aug. 7, when Bristol officers assisted Vermont State Police and other agencies in arresting Katherine Heffernan, 27, of Bristol and charging her with possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it.
Police said Heffernan had more than 60 bags of heroin and more than $9,000 in cash on her when arrested (more on this story can be found in the Aug. 13 edition of the Independent).