July 9th, 2014
July is here. It came rolling in on a ponderous thunderhead, announcing its presence not so much with peals of lightning (though there were those) but with its oppressive air — like the heavy hand of the 1980s Soviet Union.
BRISTOL — Three familiar pitchers from the local Sodbusters Horseshoe Club were welcoming enough to the out-of-state visitors who competed in their tournament this past Sunday, but the Bristol trio still demolished the competition.
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Champs cruised past visiting St. Albans on Tuesday, 300-167, for their third win of the Champlain Valley Swim League season.
Katrina Mayer swept all four 18-and-under girls’ races to lead the way for the Champs, who also boasted four triple winners: U-10 girls’ swimmer Allie Croke, U-12 girls’ swimmer Emily Rooney, U-12 boys’ swimmer Robert Kenfield, and U-14 boys’ swimmer Ethan Sausville. Emerson Rice added two U-8 girls’ wins.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont State Police are investigating a rash of vandalism and thefts in the Bristol and Lincoln areas that occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Monday. Police tallied five separate incidents.
Thefts from vehicles were reported from Woodland Drive and Lover’s Lane in Bristol, as well as West River Road in Lincoln. The Lincoln General Store also reported someone attempted to make entry into the store by breaking a window of the front door.
BRISTOL — Bristol police recently issued a log of the large number of incidents with which they dealt during the month of May — some of great importance, others routine police work.
For instance, on May 8 police responded to the town park, where three youths were reportedly “mooning” passing cars. The officer found no mooners.
Also during the first part of that month, Bristol police:
ADDISON COUNTY — A summer storm Tuesday night resulted in more than 1,200 Addison County power customers being without electricity as of Wednesday morning.
Green Mountain Power said its crews are working to repair more than 20,000 outages statewide. Damage was most severe in Washington and Addison counties.
Tuesday night’s storm was the second major weather event GMP has responded to this week. The first was a storm over Fourth of July weekend, after which GMP crews restored power to 37,000 clients statewide.
ADDISON COUNTY — This spring three of Vermont’s top four Division II high school softball teams — and almost certainly three of the top 10 overall — called Addison County or Brandon home, and the fourth local team gave two of the others all they could handle.
BRISTOL — David Durgin is a busy man.
The Bristol resident owns Mainly Metals, a machine and fabrication shop that uses a unique water jet technology to cut materials of all sorts.
“It’s a jet of water with garnet mixed in,” Durgin explains. “The jet is about 1/30,000 of an inch in diameter — the size of a mechanical pencil lead — that comes out around 50,000 pounds per square inch.”
What that adds up to is one extremely precise machine.