There’s an old saying that you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.
To which I would add that while you can take the boy out of Christmas — you can turn him into a non-Christian, tree-hugging dirt worshipper — you can’t take the Christmas out of the boy.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/23 VUHS at Burr & Burton ............... Ppd.
12/23 OV at Arlington Tourney .. Ppd. to 1/4
12/23 Colchester vs. MUHS ....... 46-39 (OT)
12/23 Mt. Mansfield at VUHS ............... Ppd.
12/23 OV at Springfield ............ Ppd. to 1/25
12/23 Winooski vs. MUHS.................. 29-26
In my house growing up, Christmas was a both a joyful time and a time of hope. It was mostly about being together as a family, enjoying meals and games and snow and a break from school and work, and about church services celebrating the birth of Jesus. It was not so much about the commercial aspects of the season.
A message to Gov. Peter Shumlin:
On the evening news recently you were talking about the roads, not BARE ground or similar term. My wife was driving home from Burlington and told me of a detour on Route 7 because of an accident. A few minutes later she called about a second accident. My concern was heightened for her safety.
The news later confirmed the two accidents. One was fatal; the rescue people were having a tough time working at the accident because of slippery conditions.
In a letter to the editor, Addison Independent, Dec. 19. 2013, seven area clergy preach against the natural gas pipeline. They say, “We have a sacred responsibility to speak the truth as best we understand it.” I say take time to understand the truth before uttering a word.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sunday cited a Vergennes woman for an earlier offense of credit card fraud.
Police allege that Jessica Kimball, 39, a Main Street resident, in late November stole a credit card from a Ferrisburgh resident and fraudulently charged about $1,700 of goods and services. Sunday’s citation concluded an investigation that began not long after the alleged offense.
In other action between Dec. 16 and 22, Vergennes police:
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police cited Martin Landon, 42, of Weybridge for assault, following investigation of a citizens’ dispute at a Lafountain Lane home in Weybridge on Dec. 22. Police released Landon on citation to appear in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Feb. 24, 2014.
In other recent action, VSP:
• Ticketed a Whiting man for speeding after he allegedly lost control of his vehicle on Route 30 in Cornwall on Dec. 17 and struck a house.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Public Service Board on Monday gave its conditional approval to, and issued a Certificate of Public Good for, Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.