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July 15th, 2015
Editor’s note: Local sports figure Dave Sears died on Saturday at the age of 56 (see obituary on Page 6A). In February 2007, sports columnist Karl Lindholm offered this perspective on Dave’s generous, gregarious nature, and his powerful engagement in the community.
Every time I turn around I bump into Dave Sears. The man is everywhere. I think there must be three or four of him.
ESSEX — This Saturday’s 33rd Twin State Basketball Classic between recent Vermont and New Hampshire high school graduates and standout hoop players will feature two local athletes. The all-star games will be played this year at Essex High School.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Colchester dealt the Addison County American Legion baseball team a 13-2 setback on Tuesday, leaving AC still in search of its first win of 2015.
AC tied a one-win Montpelier team last week, 3-3, at home, in a game ultimately called because of darkness, and still hopes to make up an away doubleheader at Montpelier that was washed out by rain. AC has also yet to reschedule a home doubleheader vs. Franklin County, also in June, which was rained out.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating a July 12 swimming pool accident in Addison involving an 18-month-old child.
Police said it was at around 6:23 p.m. on Sunday that they and other emergency responders were called to a medical emergency at a home at 1603 Jersey St. in Addison. Upon arrival, they learned that an 18-month-old girl had been found unresponsive in a pool. Fortunately, family members had administered CPR and successfully revived the child, according to police.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on July 7 responded to two separate incidents involving men either threatening to use a firearm, or publicly displaying one.
VERGENNES — Littering, noise complaints, medical emergencies and drug cases ranging from an overdose to possession of small amounts of marijuana were among the incidents that kept Vergennes police busy between July 6 and 12.
During those seven days, Vergennes police:
• On July 6 at 2 a.m. told youths playing basketball on the city courts to turn down music and to move off the court a car with its headlights on; police told the youths they could finish their game before leaving.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent activity in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, the following took place:
Chad Badore, 43, of Vergennes pleaded innocent to a June 6 charge of driving under the influence, and was released with conditions.
Lewis Bent, 57, of Middlebury pleaded innocent to a June 14 charge of driving under the influence, and was released with conditions.
After several years in the planning stage, just what would suddenly prompt members of the Middlebury business community to stridently oppose a $45 million to $55 million project to rebuild two deteriorating railway underpasses in the heart of Middlebury’s downtown?
The simple answer is “mission creep” of a magnitude that could seriously damage the viability of downtown businesses, and irreparably damage the fabric of the larger community.