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January 5th, 2012
Driving home this past Monday, I saw a scene befitting this winter season.
I’d like to report that it was a cross-country skier. What I saw, though, was not a skier but a golfer — hitting practice balls off one of the tees at the college golf course.
That’s all you need to know about what kind of winter it’s been for skiers and snowboarders.
Those of us who look forward to winter have grown accustomed to mild Novembers and Decembers. But it’s been many years since we’ve seen such a slow start to the ski season.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Dec. 28 charged a city man with stealing jewelry, much of it antique, from a family member at a Mountain View Lane home.
Cited was Nicholas Piper, 33, for grand larceny; police said they questioned him after the theft. Police allege that he stole jewelry that the victim estimated was worth between $5,000 and $10,000 and said that they recovered many of the items from pawnshops in Burlington and South Burlington.
In other incidents between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1, Vergennes police:
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to the reported assault of a 19-year-old man while he was walking a dog on Main Street on Dec. 28 at around 8:30 p.m. Police said two men allegedly pushed the victim from behind, causing him to fall. The men then allegedly punched and kicked the victim, dislocating his right shoulder, according to police. The victim was treated at Porter Hospital.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police on Jan. 2 cited Justin R. Schroeder, 30, of Salisbury for burglary of a recreational vehicle parked off Woodpecker Lane at Kampersville in Salisbury last May 20. The arrest came after months of investigation in a case that police said was sealed by DNA evidence found at the crime scene.
As reported by the victims last May, the break-in at the R.V., which served as a seasonal residence, caused approximately $3,035 in damages. Personal property was also stolen from the seasonal home.
It’s written in the Official Manual for Sports Writing that predictions must be made. That’s Rule 1.
Rule 2? Once made, said prognostication must be quickly forgotten unless it miraculously proves correct.
Did I mention that I once accurately made the preseason prediction that the Kansas City Royals would win the 1985 World Series? Hey, thanks to Don Denkinger’s historically bad umpiring call (Jorge Orta safe at first in the 9th inning of Game 6 vs. the Cardinals) I was right.
Since then? See Rule 2.
MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers kicked off the 2012 legislative session Tuesday seeking, among other things, to make further strides in health care reform and to craft a tight state budget that will be further stressed by road, bridge and culvert repair bills racked up because of Tropical Storm Irene.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) schools should try to offer second-language instruction for all children in grades kindergarten through 7, according to a committee report, provided officials can hash out current transportation and class scheduling obstacles.
ADDISON COUNTY — The good news, according to local appraisers, is that unlike many areas of the nation the bottom has not fallen out of the Addison County real estate market in the past three or four years.
The bad news? Well, just because the county is not as poorly off as say, overbuilt foreclosure centers like Nevada or Florida does not mean the market is booming.
Ferrisburgh appraiser Charlene Stavenow said sales indicate that prices in most segments are no more than holding their own.