August 5th, 2013
WHITING — “He’s a good boy, but of course, he’ll kill you.”
On a beautiful Vermont summer day, Jeanne Lamoureaux Wood was standing outside the eight-foot-high electrified fence with her husband, Bob, on their Whiting farm admiring their bull buffalo, Sparky.
Cocktail hour among the chattering class is particularly entertaining this summer as they parse the lives of disgraced politicians seeking to be reborn. Of particular note is former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is seeking to replace outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer who, at the last moment, decided to cast his hat into the ring for city controller.
BRISTOL, Conn. — The Mount Abraham 11-and-12-year-old Little League softball all-star team that won the Vermont champions in early July posted a 1-3 record at the Eastern Regional Tournament, which was played in Bristol, July 20-24. It was the first time in memory that a Vermont Little League team had scored a victory in a regional tournament.
“The girls had an experience of a lifetime,” said Lisa Hoff, mother of a team member. “It was amazing to be one of 11 teams representing over 600 Little Leagues in 11 states in the Eastern Region.”
This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
Heroin in Vermont
The danger in believing we are special is that it can blind us to what’s right under our noses. We mix and drink our Kool-Aid and then bask in our self-esteem. Vermont is a wonderful place. It is not, however, special or immune.
VERMONT — How many broods of wild turkeys are you seeing in Vermont, and how many young turkeys, or poults, are roaming with their mothers?
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking people who see turkeys during August to report their sightings in the state’s seventh annual online turkey brood survey.
The turkey brood survey can be found on the department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). The survey allows entry of the numbers of adult males, adult females and poults as well as the date, time and location of the observations.
Editor’s note: In this, the last in a three-part series, experts discuss ways to improve enforcement of existing animal cruelty laws. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) is planning almost $1 million in upgrades to its Middlebury transfer station property off Route 7 South in order to better receive and store a surging amount of recyclable material and to expand its cramped administrative offices.
FERRISBURGH — This past Saturday afternoon, shouting and applause rang out from dozens of people gathered at the Ferrisburgh Town Beach as Ceres, a 39-foot canal barge constructed by visionary farmer, baker and builder Erik Andrus approached the shore after completing its 1.25-mile maiden voyage.