VERMONT — It was a good year to be a big game hunter in Vermont in 2012, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reports. In particular, populations of wild turkeys and black bears are at very high levels, offering hunters of those species excellent opportunities. The whitetail harvest also saw several positive trends in 2012, with the totals for all hunting seasons within the statewide management goals. Perhaps of greater note, 2012 marked the first year in which there were no hunting-related shooting incidents in Vermont.
The reassessment by Vermont Gas Systems to change its proposed route through Monkton back to the Velco right-of-way instead of along public roads through a short stretch, was welcome news to many Monkton residents — though others are still peeved that the pipeline is headed through town without any apparent benefit to that community.
It’s a interesting dilemma from a public policy perspective.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ hoop action on Tuesday, Vergennes won big at home to remain unbeaten while Middlebury prevailed for the seventh straight outing, this time at Mount Abraham, to keep momentum heading into Friday’s big home match-up with the Commodores.
Otter Valley (2-10) had been scheduled to play at Bellows Falls (3-7), but that contest was postponed until Feb. 12.
Vergennes residents are eyeing a double-whammy if a city bond to build a new $1.85 million police station is approved as well as two separate bonds for improvements to the Vergennes Union High School that could total $6.2 million. The school bonds will be voted on this coming Tuesday, while a vote to approve the police station bond would be held on Town Meeting Day.
That the bonds land in the taxpayers’ laps at virtually the same time is bad enough, but there are also elements to both the city’s and school’s projects that are less than critical.
Passing the half-century mark has been full of surprises. There was that first letter from the American Association of Retired Persons, then (to my shock) the availability of a some “senior” discounts. Then, on Sunday, came my first “elder statesman” talk with our daughter, Diane.
NORTHFIELD — Another first-place finish for senior hurdler Jon Welch highlighted the efforts of a small contingent from the Vergennes Union High School indoor track and field team on Saturday at Norwich University.
Welch won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.24, and was joined in scoring points in the event by teammate Austin Beamish, who finished sixth in 9.24.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/29 MUHS vs. Mt. Abe ....................... 73-46
1/29 VUHS vs. St. Albans .................. 76-52
1/28 Mt. Anthony at OV .............. Ppd. to 2/2
1/29 Midd. vs. Keene........................... 81-53
If I had been asked a few months ago to name the state with the largest chapter of Trout Unlimited, my first few guesses would have been the classic fly-fishing and trout states of Montana, Idaho or Wyoming. If I had been reminded of the low population densities of those states, I might have instead guessed Colorado (and some river in the Denver area) or Michigan (with its famous trout streams not too far north of Detroit) or even California or Oregon. Or perhaps Maine. Or New York.
Indeed, there are many other states I would have guessed before I landed on Texas.