June 30th, 2016
As I grow older, my mind sometimes goes places faster than my typing fingers can keep up or ideas get conflated with one another when I am trying to express them. Concepts that at one time seemed “too far out there” are starting to seem possible as I am learning to see things in different ways.
This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
New Age Trigger Warning: The following column contains information that may be troubling to people with heightened sensibilities and little real world experience or who suffer from enhanced yuck factor syndrome.
ADDISON COUNTY — At around 3:45 a.m. this past Saturday morning, Vermont State Police responded to a report of an ongoing fight on West Street in Cornwall.
After a short investigation troopers said they determined that 36-year-old Rodibel S. Lopez had assaulted a woman. Police said Lopez had also brandished a knife and threatened to harm a man on the scene.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Michael T. Livingston, 55, of Middlebury for driving under the influence (third offense), following a traffic stop on Court Street Extension on June 26.
Police said they measured Livingston’s blood-alcohol level at 0.322 percent, which is four times the legal limit for driving in Vermont. Livingston was lodged that evening at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — After last week receiving another report of an attempted phone scam, Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel is urging area residents never to send money or reveal personal information to callers claiming to represent a contest or the Internal Revenue Service.
Instead, Merkel said, residents who receive calls like the one a city resident reported on June 22 should call police. In that instance, a resident was contacted and told she had won $5,000, but had to mail $2,000 to the Philippines to cover taxes before she could receive her winnings.
It began with a trip to a river I have been fishing since I was 13 years old: the Little Androscoggin.
My school career began with kindergarten in the little Maine village of Bryant Pond, whose two thriving lumber mills helped support a population of 1,000, spread out over three villages in the town of Woodstock. Our house was just over the tracks and a good outfielder’s throw from the Little League field with the classic wooden grandstand that my fellow Independent sports columnist Karl Lindholm, who grew up less than an hour away, still remembers.
“Why did I have to be born so tasty?!?” my daughter wailed, raking her fingernails across her shins. “I hate summer!”
Gloria Warden is town clerk of Ferrisburgh. She and her husband, Jim Warden, have lived in the town since 1987. Reporter Sam Hartley chatted with her recently in the historic Grange Hall on Route 7 that now serves as the Ferrisburgh town offices.
Q: When did you become town clerk?
A: In 2014 the (former) town clerk retired. I didn’t know about it until it was too late for (nominating) petitions (to run for the office). I was approached by some residents asking me to run as a write-in, and I did.
Q: Could you explain what a petition is?