November 29th, 2012
I had heard of two holidays that took place over the last week: the traditional one, Thanksgiving, and the unofficial one, Black Friday. So imagine my surprise when I opened my computer this Monday morning and found a barrage of emails in my inbox informing me of a third special occasion: Cyber Monday.
Election results released by the Secretary of State’s office show that President Obama won eight communities in Vermont with more than 80 percent of the vote. His best town was Norwich, with 85 percent. The other places on the list are Marlboro, Putney, Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, Strafford and Granville. Middlebury and Ripton, with 78 and 79 percent for Obama, came close to being on the list, but did not quite make the elite league.
Tis the season for eating. And therefore, tis also the season for cooking.
I can’t help but notice that my favorite cooks (i.e., anyone willing to make me a meal) have particularly strong preferences when it comes to how things are done in their kitchen.
A kindly woman can turn ferocious when guarding her kitchen. Not even a glass of water may be filled within the confines of her kingdom without permission, lest the wrong glass be filled or water be drawn from the tap when there’s filtered water on hand.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Nov. 20 arrested a Ferrisburgh man after he allegedly threatened both a woman and her pets when she indicated she wished to end a relationship, and then jailed him again the next day after he violated his conditions of release.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Samuel M. Francoeur, 19, of Leicester for driving under the influence and possession or narcotics, following a stop for a traffic violation on Weybridge Street on Nov. 20.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a report of some dogs running free on East Main Street on Nov. 19.
• Responded to a loud family dispute at the Blue Spruce Motel on Route 7 South on Nov. 19.
ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — On Nov. 20 the Vermont State Police Special Investigation Unit in Rutland arrested Joseph M. Johnson, 53, of Franklin Street in Brandon and charged him with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
Police alleged that Johnson fondled a 10-year-old girl from a nearby town during her visit to his home the previous weekend. He pleaded innocent when arraigned in Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Monday, and was released.
In mid-October, we got a dog. Specifically, we got Gracie, a 4-month-old, white-and-brown Labradoodle.