August 4th, 2011
VERGENNES — A Vergennes traffic stop resulted in the arrest of two Ferrisburgh residents on Saturday night.
At about 11 p.m. that evening Vergennes police pulled over a car that proved to have an unlicensed driver, and police ended up driving the operator to his home on Basin Harbor Road in Ferrisburgh.
When they arrived, police said a woman came out and accused the man of assaulting her. Vergennes police then called Vermont State Police, who have jurisdiction in Ferrisburgh, and VSP arrested the man, whom they identified as John Whitier, 32.
NEW HAVEN — The 63rd Addison County Fair & Field Days is set to kick off on Tuesday, Aug. 9, with a host of new entertainers and events joining the long list of activities returning from years past.
This year, the Vermont state animal — the Morgan horse — will be featured in the Morgan Horse Extravaganza, to be held on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Donald C. Hunt Horse Arena. There will be 18 Morgan horses on hand to demonstrate the many talents of the breed.
ESSEX — Vergennes Champ and Middlebury Panther swimmers combined to win five Champlain Valley Swim League titles at this past weekend’s championship meet, which was held this past Friday and Saturday at the Essex town pool.
Grace LeBeau, 8, of Vergennes won two races; sisters Reubie and Annie Bolton of Middlebury, 13 and 10, respectively, won one event apiece; and Kess Moulton, 12, of Middlebury, also won one race.
Oh, I had a great birthday, thank you for asking. I got to enjoy almost everything I like, and I don’t just mean chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
My 47th birthday was a couple Sundays ago. I didn’t have particularly high expectations for a grand day; after a certain age one never does. Sure, I’d get to spend quality time with my family, in particular my sister-in-law during her once-a-year visit from far away. She and her kids were renting a place on Lake Dunmore, which would be a nice place to pass a hot day.
ADDISON COUNTY — Driving south down Route 30 one summer morning, Addison County Forester Chris Olson came across an out-of-state car parked along the side of the road. He drew closer and noticed a woman picking wildflowers that looked just like Queen Anne’s lace, only yellow in color.
“As I whipped by I saw what she had in her hand,” said Olson.
So he spun around, pulled up behind her, got out of his car and approached the woman holding a bouquet of the yellow flowers.
Imagine: black men, barefoot, wearing grass skirts, shirtless, with war-painted faces, uttering gibberish, affecting a crude stereotype of African tribesmen, straight out of Tarzan movies. These were the Zulu Cannibal Giants, African-American baseball players in the 1930s, making a living, clowning, barnstorming the country, delighting white patrons.
Later, this team evolved into the Ethiopian Clowns, and finally the Indianapolis Clowns. The Clowns were a powerful force in black baseball from 1935 to the mid-1950s.
Attorney General William Sorrell has not faced a competitive election in his 14 years in office. In 1997, former Gov. Howard Dean nominated Attorney General Jeffrey Amestoy to become Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. At the same time, Dean appointed Sorrell, his administration secretary, to succeed Amestoy. In each of the seven elections from 1998 through 2010, Sorrell was re-elected without a serious contest.
MIDDLEBURY —Middlebury would be well served in hiring an economic development director to actively recruit new businesses to Addison County’s shire town, according to local stakeholders.
That’s the conclusion of a Middlebury College student hired by the town this summer to research its economic development policy and determine whether it would be wise to hire a director to spearhead commercial, retail and industrial growth.