June 21st, 2012
The Middlebury selectboard has some tough sledding if they are to convince town taxpayers to shell out $6 million to $10 million for a new municipal building to house a safe, some town records, a gym and a half-dozen offices. That’s primarily because it comes right on the heels of a new $4.65 million fire station that voters approved this past March, and a couple years earlier, about $7 million hit for the new Cross Street Bridge (the latter of which was an absolute necessity and has proven its weight in gold.)
Twenty miles into a bike ride on the Champlain Islands last Saturday, my left knee developed a slight tingle.
At that point, I should probably have reconsidered the next 34 miles of the ride. Hopped off by the side of the road, walked for a while, sent my friends on without me and asked them to swing back and pick me up when they were done.
But as I’ve discovered over the years, I have a persistent inability to admit weakness and a competitive streak that keeps me going long after I should have stopped to recuperate.
When the filing deadline for Vermont candidates passed last week, something noteworthy in the political history of Addison County happened: not a single Republican filed for either of the county’s seats in the Vermont Senate.
Bernd Heinrich opens his exploration of the natural way of dying, “Life Everlasting,” with a quote from Khalil Gibran that sets the tone for the rest of this absorbing work:
“If you would know the secret of death you must seek it in the heart of life.”
It’s death, and its life-giving virtues, that are the focus of this 16th volume from Heinrich, a Hinesburg resident and professor emeritus at UVM.
RIPTON — The Vermont Drug Task Force, a unit of the Vermont State Police, arrested Maleek Drummond, 31, of Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 14 in Ripton and charged him with trafficking heroin and possession of marijuana.
Members of the task force, other troopers and deputies from the Rutland County Sheriff's Department searched a Ripton home last Thursday, following an investigation into heroin trafficking. Drummond was the only person in the house.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on June 16 were called to the Lodge at Otter Creek retirement community and told by administrators that one of the residents, Robert Evans Sr., may have been abducted by his son. Lodge officials told police that Evans’ son picked him up for coffee at 10:30 a.m. but never returned.
BRISTOL — Bristol police handled a variety of typical calls between June 6 and June 12. During that period, officers:
• On June 6, responded to Hinesburg. A Hinesburg officer was pursuing a wanted subject on foot. No one could reach the Hinesburg officer by radio and the Bristol officer was closest to him. En route, the Bristol officer found that the subject was in custody but the officer didn’t have backup. He and a state trooper assisted the Hinesburg officer.
Almost since the day I met Greg Boglioli at Vermont Field Sports more than a decade ago, he has been telling me I need to go fishing in New Jersey. Not just any sort of fishing, but brook trout fishing.