September 29th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — The Ralph Myhre Golf Course’s first annual Alternate Shot Tournament last week produced a tie for first place.
The duo of Tom Maxwell and Jim Rubright and the twosome of Don Dayton and Bernie Andrews shared championship honors for the course’s inaugural event.
In regular Thursday Afternoon Bill Davidson Men’s Golf competition on Sept. 22, the trio of Pete Damone, Neil Mackey and Frank Punderson emerged victorious.
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury’s Justin Comes finished second in the 35-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified feature to provide the local highlight on Sunday in dirt-track racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
Comes looked like a sure winner until lap 31, when two drivers crashed to bring out the caution flag and set up a restart. Winner Bobby Hackel of New York restarted on Comes’ rear bumper, then the pair raced side-by-side for two laps before Hackel scooted away coming to the white flag and leaving Comes to settle for second.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a reported burglary at the Middlebury Floral & Gifts business on Route 7 South on Sept. 24.
Police said they found no sign of forced entry, and they are taking inventory of stolen items. The matter remains under investigation.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police cited a Whiting man for domestic assault after he allegedly struck a woman several times in the face in the North Main Street area of Whiting on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Wanfre Miranda, 23, was arrested that afternoon and lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility on $1,000 bail.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police said they are actively investigating a series of thefts, almost all from unlocked cars, on four city streets early on Sunday morning.
In all, according to Police Chief George Merkel, 16 cars and one garage were entered on Maple Manor, Thomas Circle, South Maple Street and Booska Court. Technically, entering the garage would mean a burglary, not a theft, charge, he said.
Most of what was taken were small amounts of money, some jewelry and one GPS unit, among other items, Merkel said.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
9/27 CVU vs. MUHS................................. 4-2
9/27 S. Burlington vs. Mt. Abe.................. 2-1
9/28 Burr & Burton vs. OV........................ 3-2
9/27 OV vs. Springfield............................ 2-0
The last time I was in the town of Island Pond, Vt., my car fell into a ditch.
It was not the kind of ditch that runs beside the road. It was the sort that runs straight across a gravel road after a bad flood: a washout, about four feet across and two and a half feet deep with vertical sides. It crossed the road at the top of the rise in a saddle of land, which also made it the sort of ditch you don’t see until your car is almost on top of it, when it is already too late to stop.
Of the many alarming things about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, his sense of entitlement and infallibility and his embrace of totalitarian authority should worry all Americans, and particularly those who are quick to say they cherish their freedom from big government. There is, after all, no more oppressive form of government than a dictatorship that lords over its people.