August 18th, 2016
This week’s writer is Ellen Repstad, assistant principal at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of essays about the Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.
Historians have long observed that the Netherlands has played a leading role in the Renaissance, the great revival of learning and intellectual life in Europe after the Middle Ages. Two eminent role players are Erasmus and Spinoza.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Aug. 8 helped Department for Children and Families personnel remove four children, the oldest a teenager, from a Meadow Lane home at which Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said living conditions were determined to be highly unsanitary and unsafe.
Merkel said the DCF was investigating reports of poor conditions at the home and allegations of child abuse. The Aug. 8 visit confirmed the living conditions were unacceptable, he said, while the DCF is investigating the abuse allegations.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police cited Sherry Vukoder, 59, of Addison for petit larceny alleging that on Aug. 8 she stole some cash from a cancer survivor donation jar that had been set up at the Jolley gas station on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
Police said their investigation revealed “clear and convincing evidence” that led them to Vukoder, whom they cited on Aug. 12.
Vukoder is scheduled to answer to the charge on Sept. 19 in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, according to police.
In other recent activity, troopers:
This week’s writer is Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton. She contributes to these pages from time to time.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to an alleged physical altercation on Aug. 9 between a town employee and a local resident. Police later confirmed the two individuals involved in the incident were a man named Rocket and Jamie Gaucher, director of Middlebury’s Office of Business Development & Innovation.
Police have been reviewing building security video and interviewing witnesses to determine if anyone will be cited in connection with the alleged fight.
This week’s writer is Rachel Edwards, M.S., L.Ac., a licensed acupuncturist. She has a private practice in Bristol, Vermont and is a provider at Mountain Health Center in Bristol offering acupuncture as part of the Center’s new integration of complementary care services. Going into its third year, Rachel continues to offer Acudetox treatments at CSAC every Tuesday afternoon. Rachel is a member of the Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction.
We arose early to beat the oppressive August heat and humidity, strapped on our bike helmets, and headed out for a quick loop before breakfast. As it turned out, the early morning departure wasn’t necessary to beat the heat. Though only an hour and a half away from our house in Middlebury, the temperature on Grand Isle was 7 or 8 degrees cooler and the breeze coming off the lake wonderfully pleasant.