Archive - Jul 19, 2012
In a fascinating piece this Monday, New York Times columnist David Brooks portrays the presidential race as a battle of defining capitalism in the positive terms represented by Mitt Romney, or those terms cast in the negative by President Obama.
As with all columns that attempt to capture the complexities of a presidential race in a few hundred words, the argument is full of holes, but the premise has considerable merit and Brooks draws several thoughtful insights.
I recently realized that I don’t appreciate the smell of freshly spread manure enough.
I didn’t suddenly decide that I love the odor, but I have discovered the scent a reminder of home and of the beautiful landscape around me, a landscape that I have not appreciated fully until recently.
I attend college outside of Boston, which is a considerable change in scenery from what I see here in Addison County. Down there I don’t have the same views of rolling mountains and green pastures and the smell of manure is nowhere to be found.
ADDISON COUNTY/HONG KONG — When the crew at Dragonheart Vermont arrived in Hong Kong for the International Dragon Boat Federation’s Club Crew World Championships, the team of breast cancer survivors was overwhelmed.
Under a sky filled with ultra modern skyscrapers, the grueling water conditions were unlike anything the team had ever encountered. Adding to the team’s apprehension, a typhoon slammed the southern Chinese territory the weekend before the races.
The Vermont Air National Guard facility at the Burlington International Airport is one of six locations being considered by Air Force officials in Washington as bases for the new F-35 fighter jet, which is planned to become operational in 2015. Burlington and Hill Air Force Base in Utah are the Pentagon’s two preferred locations for the F-35.
MIDDLEBURY — Bristol-based artist Stephanie Larsen literally dreamed up a fundraiser to benefit local domestic violence awareness programs.
Larsen, a domestic abuse survivor herself, was asleep when she imagined how to generate some cash for the Addison County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (ACCADSV). In her reverie, she saw a group of wonderfully painted lamps and shades illuminating a banner that stated, “Shine a light on domestic violence.”
VERGENNES — Vergennes police responded to a report of suspicious activity on West Main Street on July 14. When arriving on the scene, police officers observed a woman crossing the road on 22A by the cemetery. The woman appeared to be intoxicated.
When officers spoke with the woman, she was delusional. She was taken into custody and later admitted into Chittenden Correctional Facility in South Burlington to be evaluated.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday, July 17, unanimously approved new rules for use of the city green for religious displays and special events, a policy that sets a specific application process and timeline for placement of such features as the longstanding Christian nativity scene.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police arrested Eric W. Turco, 21, of Rutland, on an outstanding arrest warrant out of Windham County for impersonating a public officer.
Police made the arrest after receiving a report of two men and a woman entering an office suite at the Marble Works alleging they were bail bondsmen. Police said one of the men allegedly tried to show a photo from his cell phone.
Police said they positively identified Turco by his fingerprints and, after arresting him, took him to the Marble Valley Correctional Center.