April 5th, 2012
Prior to March 30, the closest I had been as a journalist to anything presidential was Howard Dean’s campaign kickoff in Burlington in June 2003. So, when an email from President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign offered press credentials to cover the president’s appearance at UVM’s Gutterson Field House last Friday, I took a shot. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to cover the first visit to Vermont by a sitting president in 17 years.
My Saturday morning went south the moment I found out I had not become a multimillionaire overnight.
Oh, I knew a single Mega Millions lottery ticket wouldn’t give me a real chance at Friday night’s record-setting $654 million jackpot.
But I didn’t have just one ticket.
Last week, 20 of my fellow Addison Independent employees and I each threw $2 into an office pool. While one ticket offered only a 1-in-75-million chance of winning, we had 42.
It was all we could do not to clean out our desks Friday afternoon.
NEW HAVEN — A New Haven man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Country Superior Court (criminal division) to a felony charge of aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, stemming from his March 29 standoff with Vermont State Police that closed down Route 7 for more than seven hours.
Thomas Jerome, 51, was released following his arraignment on conditions that he not have any contact with his wife, with whom he had been arguing the night he allegedly sequestered himself in his Route 7 home, under the influence of alcohol, with a shotgun.
A recent New York Times article by Annie Lowry was titled “Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gain.” The article was about how teachers who raise students test scores in elementary and middle school have a lasting impact on those students’ lives in the form of raising their income, increasing their likelihood of attending college and lowering teen pregnancy rates.
VERMONT — The culture of the Vermont State Police is the biggest obstacle to its effectiveness, the aunt of a teenager who died on a hiking trail in January told a Senate committee last week. Alternately defensive, accommodating and apologetic, state police and state officials also testified.
BURLINGTON — “It’s good to be in Vermont!”
That was the understatement from President Barack Obama as he stepped in front of a deafening crowd at the University of Vermont last Friday afternoon. Gutterson Fieldhouse was packed with 4,500 admirers, and they let the first sitting president to visit Vermont in 17 years know he was appreciated.
Cloudless sky. 75 degrees. Palms swaying beyond the outfield fence. Two good teams in a tight, well-played game, on an immaculate, professional grade ball field.
Pitchers are throwing strikes, batters are raking, fielders are scooping ’em up and hauling ’em in.
And I don’t want to be anywhere else.
That was Arizona, where I watched Middlebury College baseball last week, six games in three days, double headers. I’m the baseball “faculty affiliate” (all Midd teams have one).
VERGENNES — Vergennes police last month cited a New Haven resident for possession of heroin, and last week in a separate incident issued her three tickets after a traffic stop.
The more serious charge police filed against Stephanie Williams, 20, came on March 18 after a clerk at the Main Street Champlain Farms called police and reported two women were taking a suspicious amount of time in the store’s rest room.