June 27th, 2013
MONTPELIER — The Vermont State Police on Friday honored, among many others, Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel, Detective Corporal Christopher Campbell of the New Haven barracks, and New Haven barracks commander Lt. Gary Genova.
At the agency’s annual awards and promotion ceremony at the Statehouse, Merkel received one of several VSP “Director’s Awards.” According to a VSP release, Merkel was recognized for his “leadership and efforts to combat drug distribution and abuse” throughout Addison County.
There’s an old saying that you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
It comes to mind now that Middlebury College has offered two interconnected gifts to the town. To simplify the terms, these gifts come in the form of most of the money to build a new municipal building and gym, while also paving the way for an appealing transition between Main Street and the Marble Works.
Those steps would, at an apparently affordable cost to Middlebury taxpayers, substantially improve downtown Middlebury, its recreational facilities and its town offices.
Something’s gotta give, right? A young family with kids can’t possibly do all the things that tug at them: jobs, school, kids’ school, kids’ sports, kids’ lessons, friends, housework, yardwork, cars breaking down, the roof leaking. …
Does a state of triage sound accurate? Some things get done, some go on hold, and some get thrown overboard.
Too often, I fear, family dinner — preparing and eating the evening meal together — goes overboard.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police last week cited three people for drug-related offenses, one for sale and possession of heroin, one for sale of heroin, and one for driving under the influence, test refusal for drugs, an incident during which police allege they found empty heroin bags in the suspects’ car.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Sunday afternoon Vermont State Police responded to a motorcycle crash on Route 17 in Addison. Police said Newton C. Pereira, 56, of Brookeville, Md., was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson Street Glide eastbound on Route 17 in Addison at a little after 4 p.m. when he attempted to negotiate a sharp left curve in heavy rain and lost control of the bike. The motorcycle and its rider slid approximately 200 feet before coming to rest.
This Father’s Day, the Gong family did our part to increase Vermont’s native population: at 3:30 AM, our fourth daughter, Abigail Esther, was born at Porter Hospital’s Birthing Center in Middlebury.
CORNWALL — More than 100 Cornwall residents packed their school cafeteria on Wednesday, June 19, to send a collective message to Vermont Gas Systems: We don’t want your proposed pipeline and we are prepared to go to the courts and/or engage in civil disobedience to stop it.
“I will fight you tooth and nail,” vowed resident Mary Martin, who, with her husband Randy, owns one of the properties through which a natural gas transmission line would travel on its way from Middlebury to the International Paper (IP) mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
BRISTOL — In the early morning hours of Monday, June 24, Bristol police received a report of an armed robbery. The complainant reported that a Main Street resident was approached from behind by a white male, approximately 5 foot, 6 inches tall, wearing dark clothing including a hooded sweatshirt.
The resident told police the subject stuck something in her back and demanded her wallet.
Police reported later Monday morning that they had identified two possible suspects.