August 19th, 2010
NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police on Tuesday received help from a retired trooper and another citizen in arresting a Starksboro man, who was then charged with burglary of the former trooper’s New Haven home and of several other burglaries in nearby towns.
VSP arrested and lodged Michael LaFlam, 32, of Starksboro and charged him with the string of burglaries. He was held for $25,000 bail.
VSP also cited Crystal King, 22, of Starksboro as an accessory to the break-in in New Haven. VSP alleged King was waiting in a car to help LaFlam flee the scene.
VERGENNES — Paving in Vergennes this fall will largely focus on the city’s northwestern streets, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen at their meeting on Tuesday.
Due to be resurfaced are all of Comfort Hill and High Street and two portions of MacDonough Drive: one from Main Street to Battery Hill, which Hawley said was the final topcoat on a stretch rebuilt in recent years, and the other being two-tenths of a mile long and running from the west end of the Northlands Job Corp campus to the city line.
GOSHEN — Next Tuesday, Aug. 24, those who turn out to cast primary election votes in Goshen also will find four town-related items on the ballot.
The first item is a proposal to change the town’s trash pick-up arrangement. Currently, the town makes arrangements with an outside contractor to deal with trash pick-up, but in recent months it has run across difficulties enforcing rules on what can and can’t get picked up.
MIDDLEBURY — Anais Mitchell, Moira Smiley and Abigail Nessen Bengson are all versatile, up-and-coming musical artists who regularly perform in venues across the country.
They also have something else in common.
All three can trace their musical lineage to a common stage — the Bridge School in Middlebury, where their artistic talents were nurtured in a converted dairy barn off Middlebury’s Exchange Street.
MIDDLEBURY — Steve Dupoise Sr. is banking on a new business chugging into Middlebury’s former train station at 29 Seymour St. once he has completed substantial repairs to the historic structure.
Workers on Monday were busy shoring up the foundation to the 109-year-old building, one of several improvements aimed at making the former train station more attractive to prospective tenants while honoring its historic integrity.
NEW HAVEN — A good crowd once again packed the main show tent at Addison County Fair and Field Days for the Friday evening armwrestling competition, which in its 31st year drew 126 adults and 127 youths to test their strength and skill.
Organizer Karen Brisson, a former U.S. and world champion who started helping her father Armond Brisson run the event 31 years ago, said the number of competitors and the size of the crowd for the popular event roughly equaled 2009’s totals.
Ah, defense. No, it’s not the Breakfast of Champions, but it’s the essence of champions, the sine qua non, which loosely translates as without it you hit the golf courses early.
We remember Michael Jordan, scoring champion, dunker, unstoppable offensive force.
Too often we forget Michael Jordan, six-time All-NBA First-Team All-Defense, one-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the guy who clinched one title by stripping the ball from Karl Malone.
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My last last few blogged runs were on the long side, requiring a fairly high degree of organization and car shuttling to pull off, making them relatively rare treats for those with a little extra time on their hands. This run, however, requires much less choreography – just a short drive up the mountain from Middlebury to get to the trailhead, and thus can be done without a lot of extra driving. This is also a relatively straightforward “up and down” route, on easy to follow trails, requiring no map, and not a lot of knowledge of the topography. The catch?