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October 18th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted two local men who had been targeted in two separate scam attempts on Oct. 14. One of the men was told to deposit money into an account as part of a proposed Craigslist transaction. The other man was told to wire money to Nigeria to allegedly help an orphanage. Police said the men were fortunate to have emerged financially unscathed in both matters.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a fraud complaint in the Drew Lane area on Oct. 8.
Sydney Lea, Vermont’s current poet laureate, wants to use that honorary position to clear away some of the fog that he believes surrounds poetry these days.
“I would like to de-mystify poetry,” he says. “Poetry is really just another way of looking at the world.”
And so, Lea is focusing his four-year term as poet laureate on appearances around the state where he is sure of finding ordinary Vermonters who might be willing to give poetry another try: community libraries.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police on Friday, Oct. 12, received a complaint from Eric Huestis, 35, of Ferrisburgh, that someone had stolen all of the haunted house signs for their haunted house.
The thefts of the signs from Route 7 in Ferrisburgh apparently had taken place sometime between 9 p.m. the previous night and 10:30 a.m. that morning.
ADDISON — A shower and some drizzle failed to dampen the spirits of the 340 people who attended the 11th Dead Creek Wildlife Day on Saturday, Oct. 6. Beginning at 7, the bird-banding demonstration at the Dead Creek Route 17 access area was popular with family groups, who got to see migrating yellow-rumped warblers, blackpoll warblers and two peregrine falcons up close. The Big Sit, taking place nearby, logged 38 bird species through the day from a 17-foot circle. A special bird walk for beginning birders and demonstrations of working retrievers were also well attended.
Editor’s note: This story was updated on Thursday at 11:55 a.m. with a photo and State's Attorney David Fenster's input on the case. This story was updated on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 2:55 p.m. to correct Fenster's comment.
BRISTOL — Police are considering whether a medical condition was a cause behind the incident Saturday in which a driver of an SUV crashed into a group of people — sending five to the hospital — at a children’s soccer tournament in Bristol.
LINCOLN — Tory Riley cannot stop smiling.
“I love this,” the principal of the Lincoln Community School said last week during a tour of the school. “I flip a switch, and the heating works!”
After six years of planning and $2 million in budgeted renovations, Lincoln Community School has invited the community to come through its newly finished doors this Thursday to celebrate the completion of its historic facility during is annual open house.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen met behind closed doors on Oct. 9 to discuss the final few choices for a police station site, and there also heard from City Manager Mel Hawley that a station that meets all the criteria Police Chief George Merkel gave to aldermen earlier this year would probably cost more than $2 million.
MIDDLEBURY — Burlington Republican Jack McMullen has perhaps best been known in Vermont’s political circles for having been unable to identify the correct number of teats on a cow when put on the spot by his irrepressible U.S. Senate GOP primary opponent Fred Tuttle in 1998.
Fourteen years later, McMullen himself is chuckling about that legendary misstep and is touting his credentials as a candidate for Vermont attorney general, a post he hopes to wrest from longtime Democratic incumbent Bill Sorrell.