Archive - May 23, 2013
I arrived at the New Haven River at 7 p.m. Thankfully, though the water was still running clear, the light rain of the previous few days had the water up a bit from the unseasonably low level of early May. The sky was overcast, but the weather was holding. Conditions looked promising all around. Furthermore, the forecast was for steady rain the next few days, including scattered thunderstorms, so I expected this evening to be the pick of the week.
Before talking about next year’s legislative priorities in a 45-minute phone conversation on Tuesday, Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith wanted to talk about a beef he had with the press coverage of the past session. Why, he wondered, did the press not give the House credit for proposing and passing a more conservative budget than what the governor proposed? Why did the House get lambasted as a hotbed of progressive legislation and liberal leanings, while the governor was seen as pro-business and moderate by comparison?
When I look back on it, Dad was a gentle teacher.
But it wasn’t innate; it’s a skill to learn.
Seven years ago, my husband, Mark, and I impulsively bought an old farmhouse, with land and a couple of barns. We set out to fulfill our dream of “the simple life”: tending animals and growing our own food.
Yes, we are idiots.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a variety of largely routine incidents between May 6 and 19, including barking dogs, confiscation of drug paraphernalia, traffic stops, thefts, locked-out motorists and some threatening behavior.
In that two-week time span, city police:
• On May 6 dealt with barking dog complaints on Meadow Lane and South Water Street.
• On May 6 issued a no-trespass order to an Addison man who had tried to collect money from people at an East Street residence and frightened them.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to Hillside Drive in Starksboro at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, for a domestic violence call. Police said their investigation on scene showed that Shane Manning, 25, of Starksboro assaulted a family member and also threatened that person and another person with a knife.
Police charged Manning with aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault, and violation of conditions of release, and lodged him at the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of $50,000 bail.
In other recent activity, troopers:
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Victoria Pendleton, 20, of Middlebury for second-degree aggravated domestic assault and unlawful mischief, following an incident off Route 7 South in East Middlebury on May 17. Police said Pendleton was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a trespassing complaint at a Case Street property on May 13.