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May 9th, 2013
Despite a legislative session that seemed geared to raise several broad-based taxes, news this week suggests that Gov. Peter Shumlin will get what he wanted: the appearance of holding the line on taxes in the face of a lot of red-ink at the start of the session. The somewhat unexpected turnaround this week was helped by better than expected tax receipts for the month of April (and a rosier than expected forecast for the rest of the year), and a proposed federal tax on internet sales that, if passed, could yield $15 million to $20 million for the state annually.
I’ve stumbled onto an unexpected joy of parenting: singing with my children.
As a person who considers herself (a) frugal and (b) skeptical of new technology, I have a confession to make.
I want a smartphone. Desperately.
This admission gets two reactions. The first, from people who sometimes don’t even look up from their own phones as they respond, is, “Well, duh.” The other, the one that echoed my own sentiments until a few weeks ago, is, “Ugh, no. Why would anyone spend that kind of money every month on a stupid phone whose use is causing the rapid meltdown of society as we know it?”
Last week, the House passed a strike-all amendment to S.77 and sent it back to the Senate. In the end, I voted “no” on the bill.
BRISTOL — Bristol police recently dealt with what appears to be a one-man crime spree in Bristol village recently. On April 23 they investigated five reported vehicle burglaries that occurred in the areas of Pleasant Street, Elm Street and Taylor Avenue.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police closed Burpee Road in Bristol temporarily on the afternoon of May 2 due to a one-vehicle accident with injuries that occurred at approximately 2 p.m.
Roger Jacobs, 45, of Bristol told police he was headed north to the Burlington area for a medical appointment when he lost control of the red Ford pickup he was driving and it left the roadway. Police said their investigation suggests the truck flipped onto its side, slid along the ditch then re-entered the roadway.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with three Main Street motor vehicle accidents on Sunday, including one that sent the driver of a motorcycle to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington for treatment.
That accident occurred at the intersection of Main Street with MacDonough Drive, and police said the motorcycle collided with a truck.
The other two accidents were more minor and involved only damage to vehicles. Three cars earlier in the day were involved in an accident at the intersection of Main and North Maple streets, and two cars collided on Main Street.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Fred J. Seavy, 49, of North Clarendon for felony possession of marijuana, after he was observed driving the wrong way on Court Square on May 3. Police requested and received a search warrant to check the vehicle. That search, according to police, yielded “several bags of marijuana,” packaging equipment and a scale.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Helped defuse a landlord-tenant dispute at a Quesnel Lane residence on April 29.