October 29th, 2012
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, “How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand one who’s cold?” We don’t have that problem in Vermont. There is not one of us who doesn’t understand the cold and the wonderful feeling of entering a warm space after being chilled. What if that space is your home and that space is continually cold and about to get colder? Then add to that scenario that you are elderly, disabled or a single mom with children.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police stopped a motor vehicle driven by Jean Gaboriau, 45, of Rutland on Oct. 17 at around 2:48 p.m. on Route 7 at Campground Road in New Haven. Troopers said they found that Gaboriau was in possession of a stolen license plate.
Troopers further identified Gaboriau as having used the stolen license plate to drive away from multiple gas stations in Addison County without paying for the gas; they said this totaled in excess of $130.
BRISTOL — Bristol police investigated a theft by deception and fraud case, which occurred on Oct. 19 in the police district.
Police reported that a male subject claiming to be a relative of the victim called the victim on the telephone and requested that a large sum of money be sent to Mexico. The story was that the victim’s relative had been in an automobile accident, and the money would be used to keep the relative out of jail.
WATERBURY — Vermont Emergency Management on Sunday afternoon reported that state agencies continue to prepare for the impacts from Hurricane Sandy. Gov. Peter Shumlin has declared a State of Emergency for Vermont in advance of the storm. The designation will allow the state to use National Guard and other federal resources if needed.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture issued a warning to farmers on Thursday, urging them to prepare for flooding and power outages early next week. Hurricane Sandy, which at the time of this writing was moving through the Caribbean, will continue north past the eastern coast of Florida in the next couple of days, and is expected to hit land on the Eastern Seaboard early next week.
MIDDLEBURY — For a company that had been “on its deathbed” in 2003, Woodchuck Hard Cider has made a remarkable turnaround. The Middlebury company now has 125 employees, $70 million in annual sales, more than 60 percent of the hard cider market in the United States, and sales growth of 29 percent and 25 percent annually in the past two years.
And, as of Monday, it is part of a global hard cider company based in Ireland.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont will proceed with sufficient rail improvements to re-establish passenger train traffic along its western corridor from Rutland through Middlebury to Burlington by 2017, and the state will proceed on that track regardless of the prospects for federal funding.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen agreed on Tuesday to adopt a 6,076-square-foot, 24-room building as a working model for a new police station, and they set a Nov. 27 public informational meeting to explain to residents why city officials believe the building is necessary and hear feedback from taxpayers.
Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said the draft plan has won approval from law enforcement officials around Vermont and is designed to meet the needs for a 10-man city department now and for the foreseeable future.