May 15th, 2014
This week’s writer is Joe Choquette of Barre, a longtime lobbyist with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, whose clients include the Vermont Press Association, which represents the interests of the 11 daily and more than four dozen non-daily newspapers in Vermont.
For decades Vermont has been at the bottom of the list of states for the public’s right to know the truth about government operations, records and meetings.
Warning: My car was towed while I was working on trails at the Watershed for a half hour.
The lot was full so I parked along the side of the wide dirt road.
I worked to try to drain the big puddles across the trail for hikers, and returned to my car in a little over a half hour.
My car was gone, I mean really gone, I didn’t misplace it. Someone took it.
Can you imagine a society where antibiotics no longer work as the quick fix to a common infection? One of the biggest issues in the health care sector today, besides rising medical costs, is the epidemic of antibiotic-resistant infections.
I’m writing in support of Let’s Grow Kids, the public education campaign focused on the importance of children’s earliest years. Vermont is a special and pioneering state that holds unique opportunities for families. Its beauty and wonderful people led me to raise my six children and help raise a niece and three nephews here.
ADDISON COUNTY — This past Saturday, Vermont State Police cited two Addison County residents for driving under the influence in separate incidents.
First, state police stopped Thomas Utter, 25, of Bristol for allegedly speeding on Route 116 in Starksboro. During the stop, police said Utter showed signs of intoxication. He was processed for DUI at the New Haven state police barracks and is due to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on May 19.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited a city man for drunken driving, third offense; driving with a criminally suspended license; and simple assault following an incident at the City Limits bar early on Sunday morning. Receiving the three citations was Jason Fuller, 32.
VERGENNES — What was expected to be a competitive clash on Tuesday between two of Division II’s top high school softball teams turned into a big win for host Vergennes and a bump in the road for Mount Abraham.
The Commodores rapped eight hits and took advantage of 18 walks and seven wild pitches issued by a trio of Eagle hurlers to post a surprising 15-0, six-inning victory and improve to 6-1.
BRANDON — Some people have said it was long overdue, but everyone agrees that Friday’s dedication of the Otter Valley softball field to longtime coach Patty Candon was just right.
More than 100 fans, parents, students, friends and family members attended the dedication on a gusty afternoon, but the gray skies did not overshadow the jubilant mood. There were hugs all around as current and former players and fellow coaches congratulated Candon on a legacy of sportsmanship and respect.