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February 9th, 2012
So it’s winter, and you can’t get your fix of fishing. This is a problem for Vermont anglers every winter, but this year it’s particularly acute because all the outdoor things you do in the winter when you can’t fish require snow. And, as you may have noticed, there isn’t any. Not only is there no snow, but as I write this column it is 46 degrees outside and the long-range forecast offers no promise of significant snowfall in the next 10 days.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Friday, Feb. 3, at around 9:30 p.m. Vermont State Police received a 911 call from a man who claimed to be a resident of Hancock. The man gave his name, said he was going to kill his mother and hung up.
Troopers responded to the last known address of the alleged caller in Hancock and through investigation determined that the person who called 911 was not the person the caller claimed to be.
I’m not the dyed-in-the-wool football fan I used to be.
But I tuned in Sunday to watch the New York Giants snatch the momentum away from the New England Patriots late in the second half, and saw Eli Manning march his team down to a sure winning field goal and accidentally stumble in for the winning touchdown instead.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police launched an investigation into the reported sexual assault of a local woman on Feb. 5. Police received the report from the Porter Hospital emergency room, where the victim had gone for treatment.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a domestic violence report at a Benedict Lane residence on Jan. 30. Police arrested Matthew A. Cooke, 20, of Middlebury on a mittimus warrant from Vermont Department of Corrections and took him to court.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police filed felony burglary and grand larceny charges after the Feb. 1 theft of more than $2,400 from the GoGo Gas Station, and also added a heroin possession charge for one of the two people allegedly involved in the burglary.
OK, OK. We’d had numerous people stop and ask various members of the Addison Independentstaff about the new décor on our southern-facing roof.
We put up two banks of solar panels on our roof late this fall, and they’ve generated a lot more interest than I might have expected. So, here’s the story:
We’d had a slow leak in our roof this past fall, ruining a ceiling tile or two, and causing us to push the photocopier off to the side for a couple days. Nothing major, but something to fix.
Since moving into our old farmhouse five years ago, Mark and I knew we’d eventually like to make some improvements. With a combination of indecision, insufficient funds and outright hostile disagreement, however, we’ve never gotten around to any renovations. But this winter’s oddly pleasant weather has given us the opportunity.
Updated 2/7/12, 3pm
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police on Monday evening cited Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Edwin Webbley for driving under the influence of alcohol, an action taken after VSP received a call from his wife at their Bristol home and were told Webbley’s car had struck the back of their garage.
According to a VSP press release, Webbley’s wife, Carrie Askren, told VSP at about 6:50 p.m. on Monday that Webbley was “intoxicated and that he was a danger to himself and others.”