MONKTON — Stolen trees and wreaths are cutting into the amount of money Monkton Boy Scouts can raise this year during their annual holiday fund-raiser.
Troop 525, which is selling Christmas trees and evergreen wreaths at the Monkton Friends Church in Monkton Ridge, is eyeing nearly $1,000 in lost sales after seven or eight Christmas trees and more than 20 wreaths have gone missing.
ADDISON COUNTY — With the addition of deer killed during the muzzleloader season that concluded this past Sunday, Addison County weigh stations handled 840 deer this fall during bow, muzzleloader and rifle seasons, plus Youth Hunting Weekend.
That total falls well short of 2008’s final tally of 1,026. The 186 fewer deer weighed in Addison County translates to an overall drop of 18.1 percent, with decreases across the board:
• The combined bow and muzzleloader seasons total this year was 448, a 14.7 percent decline from 2008.
Last Saturday morning, I woke up feeling downright peaceful. Here it was, less than two weeks before Christmas and, because I had shopped early and planned carefully, I was coasting into a low-stress holiday.
The presents were purchased and wrapped. The tree was decorated. The cookies were baked. I had nothing left to do but relax and bask in this unfamiliar sense of calm.
So I decided to paint the living room.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County District Court Judge Cortland T. Corsones on Tuesday rejected, as too lenient, a proposed plea deal for a 71-year-old-man who was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old, developmentally disabled Bristol girl last year.
At issue is a case involving Robert J. Boehmer, formerly of Bristol, who had been charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, sexual assault and luring a child — all felonies — in connection with his alleged conduct with a Bristol girl whose family had taken in Boehmer, an acquaintance who had no other place to stay.
Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
Does Christmas ever go that way these days, I wonder — as it does in “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and all the old holiday standards?
Our world is so fractionated, our faithful friends so far away. If those golden days of yore ever did exist, it often seems they won’t come again.
BRANDON — Hannaford Supermarkets has announced plans to buy two Grand Union grocery stores located in Brandon and Swanton.
The Maine-based chain has reached an agreement in principle to buy the two stores and the deal is expected to be finalized in early 2010, Hannaford spokesman Michael Norton said on Monday.
Well, it’s silly season for baseball again, where some pitchers are awarded salaries (a reported $17 million a year for John Lackey) that are more than 400 times the average annual income for folks who actually do something productive for society, teachers.
But that’s an argument for another day. I can’t stop the Yankees from giving A-Rod $32 million a year, an amount that is almost exactly double the total of the combined preliminary Addison Northwest Supervisory Union school budgets.
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This is the third in a four-part series of cheese posts. The first was about making mozzarella cheese, and the second was about Orb Weaver Farm in New Haven. Stay tuned for the fourth part next week!