The three members of Vermont’s congressional delegation must decide whether to support President Obama’s request that Congress authorize the use of military force against Syria in response to the Assad government’s chemical weapons attack on communities near Damascus. As of Sept. 3, none of the members of the delegation had made a firm statement about how he will vote.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Aug. 31 talked down a juvenile male who had threatened to commit suicide by jumping off the Cross Street Bridge. Police said the youth was then taken to Porter Hospital for counseling.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Helped calm a child at a Seminary Street residence on Aug. 26.
• Assisted a Jayne Court resident who wanted a man removed from her residence on Aug. 26.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued a pair of citations to Vergennes residents on Thursday, Aug. 29, that stemmed from earlier incidents. One citation resulted from the completion of an ongoing investigation, and the other from an allegedly positive drug test.
On the 29th city police cited Jessica L. Whitney, 26, of East Street for uttering a forged instrument. Police allege that Whitney knowingly wrote bad checks on a closed account earlier this summer. An investigation remains open, police said, and further charges in this case are possible.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were called to investigate a burglary at a Bridport home that was reported on Aug. 26 at 1:21 p.m.
Police said an unknown individual or individuals entered an unsecured garage via a rear window and stole a 20-inch Echo 500 chainsaw, valued at $100.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Vermont State Police at 1-802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
Bone up on your facts. Study the underlying problems facing the state. Consider both sides of the issue. Craft a concise two-minute argument to make your point and plan on presenting your opinion at the Public Service Board hearing on the proposed $70 million, 43-mile natural gas pipeline extending from Colchester to Middlebury.
It’s Tuesday morning, the day after Labor Day. Classes won’t start in earnest at Middlebury College for another six days. Today, however, is the first full day of activities for first-year students who arrived on campus yesterday. So here I am at a reception, carrying out my role as faculty member introducing myself to parents of these new students. I sip coffee and make conversation, sometimes asking questions, sometimes answering them, and sometimes just listening to nervous banter while trying to be reassuring and friendly.