May 16th, 2013
Is it just me, or can springtime seem a little overwhelming?
I get the part about how green and warm and wonderful it is. I’m reveling in it.
Even my cat is juiced about spring.
When I wouldn’t let him out one recent morning, he launched himself from an open second-story window and landed on the stone patio, 15 feet below. I found him down there, no worse the wear for his Superman imitation, licking his paws and purring.
BRANDON — As a Brandon lister and member of the Otter Valley Union High School Board, Maria Ammatuna already had her hands full. Now, she can add selectboard member to her resume.
The Brandon selectboard chose Ammatuna to fill the vacant board seat left when Richard Baker agreed to become interim town manager late last month. The appointment to the three-year seat expires on Town Meeting Day in March 2014.
VERGENNES — After being selected in February from among several other outstanding local teens for the honor of being the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes Youth of the Year, Vergennes resident Jesse Whitney on April 25 competed in Montpelier against other statewide club honorees for the honor of Vermont Youth of the year.
Although Whitney lost out to Burlington Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Kabura Onesime for the state honor, Vergennes club officials said Whitney, an 18-year-old Vergennes Union High School senior, richly deserved his local honor.
This week’s writer is William Sayre of Bristol, an economist formerly with the Federal Reserve and a commentator on Ethan Allen Institute’s Common Sense Radio, broadcasting from WDEV radio in Waterbury.
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — On May 7 the Vermont State Police Special Investigation Unit out of Rutland arrested Joseph N. Shackett Jr., 48, of Brandon and charged him with aggravated sexual assault.
The 12-year-old victim reported that during a sleepover in April Shackett sexually assaulted her. Shackett is known to the victim. Shackett is scheduled to answer the charge in Rutland District Court on June 17.
Aggravated sexual assault holds a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Dong Yub Song, 22, of Middlebury for sexual assault, following an investigation on the Middlebury College campus on May 13. He was released on conditions pending his arraignment at the Addison County Courthouse on Monday, May 13.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a larceny complaint at a Commodore Way residence on May 6.
• Got mental health counseling for a local man who had allegedly threatened to harm himself with a knife on May 7.
BRANDON — This spring the undefeated Otter Valley Union High School baseball team has relied on solid starting pitching, sound defense and timely hitting from the top of the order to the bottom.
The formula worked again on Tuesday, when the Otters knocked off visiting Leland & Gray, 6-1, to improve to 10-0. The Rebels dropped to 6-2.
After a first inning in which senior starter Justin Owen allowed a walk and two hits and an OV error also led to the Rebel run, both Owen and the defense settled down.
BRISTOL — The host Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ lacrosse team picked up a 12-3 victory over Otter Valley on Monday that the teams’ coaches viewed differently.
Eagle co-coach Paul Low saw a result sparked by junior attacker Travis Bachand’s five goals and three assists as a much-needed confidence boost for a team that had lost five straight after a 2-1 start, including three one-sided games last week.