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October 27th, 2011
The All-Blacks from host New Zealand triumphed before their adoring public last week in the Rugby World Cup, defeating France in the final. Perhaps you watched the match on national TV.
Rugby is a sport of great international scope, the national game in Wales, South Africa, and New Zealand and popular in many other countries of the world. Rugby’s following in the U.S. is growing.
I had a chance to travel to rugby-crazed New Zealand some years ago. I came home with a suitcase full of cool All-Blacks gear as gifts for kids and friends.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited two women in the aftermath of a late-afternoon Oct. 17 fight on North Green Street that police said was triggered by a dispute over a mutual male friend.
Police said the two women — Amanda Plankey, 21, of Bristol and Korey Koch, 22, of Vergennes — were both yelling at each other and hit each other in the face “several times” before they were separated.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a reported burglary at the Airport Auto Storage Units off School House Hill Road on Sunday, Oct. 23. Police said someone allegedly cut the lock off one of the units and stole a cherry sleigh bed, with king-sized mattress. Police said the items were valued at a combined total of around $5,000.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted a local woman who reported receiving harassing calls and text messages on Oct. 17.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Sunday at about 1:20 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a downed aircraft near Brown Road and Lewis Road in Shoreham.
The pilot of the ultralight airplane, Donald S. Arnold, 56, of Shoreham, told Trooper Cathy Cappetta that he was up in the air for approximately six to seven minutes before he lost control of the aircraft and it crashed in a field near his home. Cappetta described Arnold as an experienced pilot.
ADDISON COUNTY — Richard Moffi, fuel program chief for the state of Vermont, has grown accustomed to seeing Congress and the Oval Office haggle over funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Negotiators have historically started at a low number but eventually agreed on a LIHEAP figure that was at least equal to, or greater, than the year before so that qualifying citizens in cold parts of the country could get the fuel subsidies they needed to stay warm during the winter.
VERGENNES — A Hartford, Conn., technology company that estimates its 2011 sales will total around $58 billion struck a deal in late September to purchase Goodrich Corp., including its Vergennes plant.
United Technologies Corp. (UTC) — which makes jet engines, helicopters, elevators and other aerospace and building components — plans on closing the $16.4 billion purchase, plus $1.9 billion in assumed debt, in mid-2012, said Goodrich spokesman Andrew Martin on Thursday.
HANCOCK/GRANVILLE — More than a dozen people crammed into Hancock’s town office on Oct. 18 to urge the selectboard to take steps to open the still-closed Upper Churchville Road.
Nearly two months after Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont, Granville and Hancock — the two Addison County towns hit hardest by the storm — are still finding it impossible to restore traffic on all town roads before the snow flies.
VERGENNES — By a chance of fate, two New York artists happened upon Creative Space Gallery on Vergennes’ Main Street last Saturday, and left with unexpectedly fierce encouragement and inspiration for their own work.
“I think that the work in this gallery is some of the most innovative that I’ve seen,” said one of the artists, Jill Luigs of Oswego, N.Y.