October 10th, 2012
By the time my nephew Michael was 13 years old, he was not only tying his own flies but was selling them to a local fly-fishing store. These were functional flies; they were tied with the intention of being used to catch fish. But Michael was an artist. He took great pride in his work. He subscribed to a magazine devoted not to fly-fishing but just to the tying of flies.
BRANDON — Visiting Fair Haven on Tuesday gave the Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team a tougher challenge than the Otters expected on their Senior Day, but ultimately OV’s relentless pressure gave them a 2-1 win.
The victory was the Otters’ fourth in five games, including a 6-0 victory over the Slaters in Fair Haven on Oct. 1.
Senior striker and co-captain Jeff Corbett said they didn’t play as well this time, despite OV’s advantages of 32-8 in shots at goal and 8-1 in corner kicks.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited David G. Kloepfer, 34, of Middlebury, for driving under the influence of alcohol, following their investigation of an accident off Lower Plains Road on Oct. 2. Police allege that Kloepfer left the accident scene to return home. Police said they measured Kloepfer’s blood-alcohol level at 0.182 percent.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Served a no-trespass order on a man who was acting strangely and who allegedly threw a cup of water at a worker at a Court Street business on Oct. 1.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Oct. 3 went to Middlebury to arrest a city man for heroin possession.
The arrest was triggered when Middlebury police stopped Mark Kennedy, 25, on Creek Road in Middlebury. Middlebury police had been told by Vergennes police that Kennedy was a drug suspect, and asked to search the vehicle. He did not give consent, but the owner of the vehicle, who Vergennes police described as Kennedy’s girlfriend, did give consent.
MIDDLEBURY — It was indeed police gunfire — and not a self-inflicted wound — that caused the death of George Demarais, a 57-year-old Middlebury man who on Thursday, Oct. 4, allegedly challenged authorities to take his life.
Middlebury police Chief Tom Hanley confirmed on Monday that Demarais had sustained two bullet wounds, one each to the chest and neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene following what had been a 30- to 40-minute gunfight in the woods behind his home at 5454 Case St. (Route 116).
ST. ALBANS — When the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on Sept. 28 without passing a new Farm Bill, it not only left dairy farmers without a safety net, it raised the specter of chaos in agricultural markets.
In effect, Congress’s failure to act could trigger a so-called permanent law that, it is estimated, could raise the parity price of milk to the $40 per hundredweight (cwt.) range.
ADDISON COUNTY — Leonard Barrett can remember when he moved to his East Street farm in Bridport in 1970 with his parents and his brother. There were eight dairy farms on the street.
Today, his is the last one. By the end of next week, there won’t be any.
Across the nation, a confluence of factors is putting family-owned dairies — long the backbone of many rural American towns — out of business.
VERGENNES — When Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) officials were planning this year’s four-month trip through New York, Canada and Vermont for the museum’s replica canal schooner, the Lois McClure, there was little debate about the final stop.
The journey through canals, rivers and Lake Ontario, which ends this coming Friday, has recognized the region’s pivotal role in the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States, which had recently won its freedom from the crown — and the 200 years of peace that followed.