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August 18th, 2011
Our dog days of August — and June and July — have come to an end.
We have been caring for two extra dogs this summer, on behalf of Mark and Ericka, my wife’s brother and his bride. They have been living in Germany with the dogs, and are returning stateside for Ericka’s new job this month. Because airlines do not fly animals in the heat of the summer, their companions needed an advance flight and a summer home over here.
If you were the next president of the University of Vermont, would you take a phone call from Gov. Peter Shumlin?
Not without reservation.
You would not know how your words would be used. You would not know whether the conversation was private or public. You would not know whether the motive for the call was for the good of the university, or the good of the governor.
That’s a problem.
The venerable sport of football ... OK, I’ll cave in and call it soccer, if for nothing else than the sake of clarity ... has generated a lot of buzz this summer, even in this nation, where football means helmets, pads and concussions, not shin guards, shorts and dramatic embellishments of minor infractions.
BRISTOL — Police arrested a Bristol man last Wednesday evening for allegedly breaking into three East Street homes multiple times; then they nabbed him again early Friday morning for allegedly breaking into another East Street home.
Carroll Smith, 49, of Bristol was cited for five counts of unlawful trespass into dwelling place and two counts of attempted unlawful trespass into a dwelling for the Aug. 10 incidents, and for unlawful trespass and violation of conditions of release for the Aug. 12 incident.
Gov. Shumlin was correct to say that Vermonters had a right to be angry at the “inexcusable” severance packages granted to former administrators Daniel Fogel and Michael Schultz by the University of Vermont’s board of trustees. The governor noted that at a time when many Vermont families with students at UVM struggle to pay the university’s fees, to see the trustees grant six-figure severance packages to administrators leaving under “difficult circumstances” sends the wrong message to parents and taxpayers.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited John D. Alexander, 47, of Burlington for driving under the influence, second offense, following an investigation on North Pleasant Street on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Police said they found Alexander sleeping next to his vehicle, with its engine running, on North Pleasant Street.
Police said they measured Alexander’s blood-alcohol content at 0.170 percent. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled a variety of incidents between Aug. 8 and 14, including arguments, traffic problems, medical issues and one assault case in which they said the evidence proved too slim to make an arrest.
Between those dates, city police:
MIDDLEBURY — Thousands of eyes will be fixed on the massive, 402-foot-long center span and arch when it makes its two-mile trek by barge from Port Henry, N.Y., to fill what is now a gaping hole in the framework of the new bridge spanning Lake Champlain from Addison, Vt., to Crown Point, N.Y.