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July 28th, 2014
VERGENNES — Vergennes athlete Ron McConnell broke another barrier on his quest to be the best he can in the track and field discipline of throws pentathlon.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on July 17 arrested a town man on a warrant from the Vermont Department of Corrections. Police arrested Jonah S. Kleinfeldt, 39, for escape.
Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said his force took Kleinfeldt to the Chittenden County Correctional Center in South Burlington.
In other department news, a man Bristol police arrested last month was acquitted of selling marijuana by a jury in Addison County Superior Court, but was convicted of lesser charges.
BRISTOL — Officers in the Bristol Police Department were active during the month of June, as can be seen in the log recently submitted to the newspaper by Chief Kevin Gibbs.
During the second half of the month, Bristol police:
• On June 15 took a report of property damage at a gas pump at Champlain Farms, where a Vergennes woman had driven away with the pump nozzle still attached to her vehicle. The business took insurance information from the woman.
NEW HAVEN — More than 100 Vermont 4-H’ers turned out for the Vermont 4-H State Horse Show, July 10-13 at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site in New Haven. The annual event, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, attracted 79 4-H equestrians and 24 4-H club members who took part in a special Horseless Division, in which they demonstrated their equine knowledge.
The overall local winners in the 4-H divisions, based on points earned from fitting and showmanship, judging, quiz bowl, general knowledge test and 4-H project class, were:
NEW HAVEN — Addison County residents can be proud that Addison County Fair and Field Days’ hand mowing contest is the oldest in the nation, and undoubtedly the most famous. The annual event has been covered by innumerable newspapers, magazines and television stations over the years. It was originally organized by Lucien Paquette in 1978; he supervised the event for the next 31 years. Paquette has always competed and, at 97 years old, is registered to compete again this year.
In Vermont, it’s well known that our high school graduation rate is one of the highest in the country, while we rank toward the bottom among states in sending graduating seniors to higher education. Roughly 40 percent of high school graduates in Vermont do not go on to post-secondary education.
Part of the reason is money: A college-education is expensive and Vermont ranks among the least generous of states to subsidize those expenses for in-state students.
In response to Sens. Mullin and Flory’s Community Forum in last week’s paper, I would first ask them: Please, senators, shouldn’t you pay for your own pipeline? Shoreham and Cornwall’s inevitably devalued land and our degraded Lake Champlain are not fair trade-offs.
Secondly, can you, senators, get Vermont Gas to guarantee that natural gas will continue to be 40 percent less than oil and propane?
This week's writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger
Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.
There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.
And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.