May 24th, 2012
In honoring the dead, we honor the living. That’s saying is never truer than in this nation’s observance of those who have served in the armed services.
This weekend, Memorial Day services around the nation will host parades, bands will play, flags will be placed at gravesites, and the nation as a whole will take a collective moment to remember those who have died in the service of the country.
Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors all those who have served, or are serving, in the armed services whether in peacetime or wartime.
Remember that old song about New York City from “On the Town,” the 1944 musical? “The Bronx is up, but the Battery’s down/The people ride in a hole in the groun’/New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!”
The election for Vermont treasurer could be one of the most interesting and competitive races in November.
Once again this year, I have been asked to be a last-minute fill-in as the Middlebury College commencement speaker.
Those of you who were at last year’s commencement will find this especially puzzling. You may recall that my speech ended with a public disavowal by the college president, an escort off the premises by campus security officers, and the filing of multiple charges against me.
But my attorney assures me that most of the charges have been settled. And (more good news), the visits to my parole officer have been reduced from daily down to weekly.
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Union High School baseball team took an early lead over Middlebury on Tuesday and never looked back, defeating the Tigers, 10-4.
The Commodores improved to 10-5, while the Tigers dropped to 5-9.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on May 14 issued court diversion paperwork to three juveniles whose Facebook accounts allegedly featured photos of themselves in possession of alcohol.
The three juveniles in question are Middlebury Union High School students, and all were caught based on tips provided by other MUHS students, according to police.
One of the students was allegedly featured in a photo holding a beer; another was shown holding a beer and a shot of tequila; and the other was shown holding a can of beer, according to police.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police had an active seven days between May 14 and 20, but dealt with mostly routine matters.
In that week, city police:
• On May 14 helped a motorist get into a locked car in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.
• On May 15 helped Vermont State Police search for burglary suspects in New Haven.
• On May 15 checked a Hillside Drive apartment after a report that a man was there in violation of a relief-from-abuse order.
CORRECTION: An item in the Vermont State Police Log in the May 17 edition of the Addison Independentmixed up the participants in a May 7 traffic accident on Route 17 in West Addison. A subsequent interview with Trooper Justin Busby revealed that Jeffery Freegard, 29 of Vergennes was driving a newer Fort Taurus sedan on Route 17 to a job at a farm in West Addison that day when he turned in front of a Chevy van driven by Jessica Cheney, 18, of Ticonderoga, N.Y.