June 11th, 2015
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin says he decided to stand down in 2016 because he “didn’t have the fire in the belly for a fourth term.”
Shumlin made the remark on WDEV’s “The Mark Johnson Show” on Tuesday in a 34-minute interview.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Vergennes man died during the evening of Tuesday, June 2, after driving a vehicle off Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, according to Vermont State Police.
Authorities identified the deceased as Dana S. Phillips, 55.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on June 4 responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Magic Wok Restaurant on Route 7 South.
Police learned however that it had not been a robbery, but rather a burglary that had occurred sometime the previous night. Police reported an “undetermined amount of cash” had been taken from the cash register.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — Between June 1 and 7, Vergennes police dealt with a variety of cases, including helping a game warden and Vermont State Police, handling a number of animal complaints, and responding to two vandalism incidents.
In those seven days, Vergennes police:
• On June 1 received a tip from another agency that a resident might be involved with illegal drugs.
• On June 1 called the animal control officer to handle a dog reported to be running loose on School Street.
BRIDPORT — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has announced a temporary road closure on Route 125, 2.3 miles west of Route 22A in Bridport, starting Monday, June 15, at 6 a.m. The road will reopen Saturday, June 20, at 6 a.m. The closure will allow construction crews to replace the bridge that spans the west branch of the Dead Creek.
Signed detours will be in effect during this time. In addition, Route 125 will be closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic during the five-day closure period.
We buried my father more than two decades ago, and my memories of him are sadly growing more faint by the year. But I will always remember the emphasis he placed on getting a college degree — not only as a ticket to better employment, but also as a means by which to grow intellectually and socially before setting out into the world.
It’s easy to watch political figures on television or read about them in the paper and forget one thing.
Those are human beings up there.
It may seem that those who live and breathe politics are thick-skinned creatures programmed to the point of being semi-robots. Different from you and me.
They look completely consumed by the process. Everything is a calculation, and every move dissected under the microscope.
But the people at the podiums also bring every emotion to the table.
Gov. Peter Shumlin’s announcement that he will not be a candidate for re-election in 2016 was surprising not so much in its substance, but in its timing. Governors Dean and Douglas announced their decisions not to run again in August or September of the year preceding the election, rather than 18 months before the end of their terms.