One of the endless saws one hears is that things were better in the good old days. When were these good old days? Back when men bound other men in chains, women were something less than second-class citizens, human lives were short and brutish and the best one could hope for was a death that was relatively quick? Those good old days?
What’s apparent in the quandary over where to locate a new recreational facility in Middlebury is that neither site is perfect, nor would any site likely be.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Monday Vermont State Police wrapped up a week-long investigation of a Nov. 14 burglary in Goshen and troopers arrested Scott H. Clark, 30, of Goshen and cited him for burglary.
Troopers from the New Haven barracks said their investigation revealed that Clark entered the unsecured residence in Goshen and allegedly stole property, including the victims’ travelers checks and a 65-year-old engagement ring worth more than $6,000. Police alleged that Clark subsequently pawned the ring in Rutland for $200.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled, among other incidents between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1, thefts, reports of suspicious behavior, car accidents and one case of driving under the influence of alcohol.
During that week, Vergennes police:
• In the morning of Nov. 25 were called about a suspicious man reported to be walking back and forth in front of Vergennes Union High School, but could not find him on arrival.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of gunshots fired at a Jackson Lane residence on Nov. 30. Police determined that someone had thrown a hot sauce bottle against the door of the residence and that no shots had been fired. Police said the matter remains under investigation.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
MIDDLEBURY — As might be expected, the undefeated Division I champion Middlebury Union High School football team earned more than its share of the league’s postseason honors.
Nine members of the Tigers were named as D-I first-team all-stars, as chosen by Vermont coaches, while many more earned second-team or honorable mention, and Coach Dennis Smith was named the D-I Coach of the Year.
ADDISON COUNTY — Five members of the Otter Valley Union High School football team and two from Mount Abraham earned postseason recognition from the Division III coaches.
Four OV players were named first-team all-stars: senior Mike Winslow as a running back and a linebacker, senior Tyler Jones as an offensive lineman, junior Joe Scarborough as a receiver and junior John Winslow as a defensive back, while Mount Abe senior Tommy Lee Hodsden earned a first-team nod as a kick returner.