July 23rd, 2013
I posted this message on Facebook last week:
HELP! Mom of month-old baby with a brain mushy from nighttime feedings seeks inspiration for her bi-weekly column on Vermont life. Sooooo: Anything you’d like to see written about Vermont? Any unanswered Vermont questions? Anything Vermont-related keeping you up at night? I’ll entertain any ideas!
My desperate plea generated more responses than I’d expected; unresolved Vermont issues are apparently keeping some people up at night.
WEYBRIDGE — Former Weybridge Town Clerk Karen Brisson asked for forgiveness from the many whose bond of trust she broke by embezzling more than $400,000 in taxpayers’ funds over six years, a crime for which she was sentenced to two years in prison on July 18 by U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss.
“All of the suffering and pain I am going through is self-inflicted. That doesn’t make it less painful,” Brisson told those present during her sentencing proceeding in federal court in Rutland.
ADDISON COUNTY — Chuck Arel, 68, smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for most of his life after starting when he was 14.
On Nov. 26, 2012, after several failed attempts at quitting, he smoked his last cigarette.
“I knew it wasn’t healthy. I knew for a long time that smoking wasn’t good for anybody,” the Vergennes resident said. “But it’s not an easy habit to quit.”
Arel developed emphysema, and until quitting he had a chronic cough at night.
(Watch our video about the Lake Champlaine Maritime Museum by clicking here.)
FERRISBURGH — Ten area students will be participating in a whale of a project at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) this winter.
MIDDLEBURY — Jim McWilliam wakes up every morning eager to start work at his job as executive director of The Lodge at Otter Creek, one of Middlebury’s two major retirement communities.
And McWilliam doesn’t have very far to travel to get to work. He lives at the Lodge, a development that just marked its fifth birthday and is ramping up occupancy as the economy continues to chug out of a lengthy recession.