May 30th, 2013
Recent Vermont history shows that governors lose support the longer they stay in office. Jim Douglas’ vote share declined from his first re-election in 2004 through his last re-election in 2008, and Howard Dean faced challenging campaigns in his last two re-elections, in 1998 and 2000. The same trend may be starting for Peter Shumlin.
Memories of the recently ended session of the Vermont Legislature have, for all but the politically addicted, faded with the late spring heat.
But it’s worth taking a quick look back at the session, which will be remembered for two landmark pieces of legislation that will touch many Vermonters.
RUTLAND — The Mount Abraham Union High School golf team won Tuesday’s South Sectional at the Rutland Country Club while senior Jona Scott claimed medalist honors at the sectional event for the third straight spring.
Scott’s two-over-par 72 led the Eagles to a score of 349, a total that easily outdistanced runner-up Mill River, which scored 375 while being led by Johann Russell’s 76. Woodstock (379) became the third qualifier.
ESSEX — At the Essex Invitational track and field meeting Tuesday, a Vergennes Union High School hurdler, Middlebury Union High School javelin thrower and two MUHS relay teams qualified for the New England Championships. The major meet, which draws top performers from around northern Vermont, had been delayed from Saturday because of bad weather.
MUHS senior James Pecsok’s third-place toss of 144 feet, 2 inches in the javelin earned third place and qualified him for the New England Championships, which will be held at New Britain, Conn., on June 8.
I am haunted by the photos of the April 24 garment factory building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where over 1,100 people died. Certainly there is no shortage of disturbing photos in the news from all over the world, but these have a particular tug for one simple reason — these people work for me. And I expect they work for you, too.
ADDISON COUNTY — Home burglaries continue to plague the county as a handful of residents reported break-ins this past week.
Wednesday, May 22, saw Vermont State Police respond to two such incidents. In one, troopers received a report of the burglary of a residence on Shard Villa Road in Salisbury sometime that day between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. No items were reported taken from the residence. Separately, the resident of a home on Shoreham Whiting Road in Whiting told police that someone entered the residence and stole unknown items between 4 and 8 p.m. on May 22.
Late last summer, I was chatting with Lynn and Mike McKenna in front of the Middlebury Market about the woes of the Red Sox, who were headed for last place, limping to a miserable finish.
They were waxing enthusiastic about Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava, their favorite player.
Nava is a most unlikely major-leaguer. The Red Sox plucked him from independent ball in 2008 after playing for the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League in California. The Red Sox paid the Outlaws $1.00 (that’s right — one dollar) for the rights to sign him.
VERGENNES — A passerby alerting Vergennes police to a possible case of animal abuse led to their May 22 arrest of a Ferrisburgh man for driving under the influence, second offense.
Vergennes police said on that Wednesday a motorist called them to say he had seen a man throwing a dog in the back of a pickup truck, and that the man had an open container of alcohol.