In pro football this year I follow closely the fortunes of the Patriots — and the Seattle Seahawks.
I try never to miss a Seahawks’ game. My favorite player is a Seahawk.
I am absorbed every week by the performance of the Middlebury College graduate who is playing a crucial role for the Seattle team.
Steve Hauschka, Middlebury 2007, is the placekicker for Seattle and is having an outstanding season. He has converted 22 of 26 field goal attempts (two over 50 yards) and all 30 of his extra points.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Thursday, Dec. 15, at about 9:25 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a domestic disturbance call off Route 22A in Bridport. While the troopers were en route, the male subject, identified as Kevin Comes, 38, of Bridport, departed in a vehicle.
The 33-year-old female victim reported that Comes had attempted to get a gun and threatened to kill her and himself. She also said Comes was intoxicated.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated the reported theft of some clothing from Agway on Exchange Street on Dec. 18. Police said a couple allegedly filled a plastic tote bag with clothes and left the store through a side door. Store officials will soon provide police with in-house video of the man and woman, who are believed to have attempted the same type of theft from Agway on a previous occasion. Store officials are also tallying the value of the stolen clothes.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued two citations to the driver of a car that struck a woman on Main Street on Dec. 12, hospitalizing her. Police said the woman was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington and is recovering from surgery to repair a broken leg.
Cited was Jennifer Goodspeed, 28, of Vergennes, for gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle and for failure to maintain liability insurance.
This year, all I want for Christmas is an open Internet. I’m looking at you, Congress.
Normally I’d just ask for an iPad. It’s not like I haven’t been drooling over that page on the Apple website for quite a while. Or maybe a new smartphone, since I may or may not have dropped mine on the treadmill earlier this week and done irreparable damage. Or, hey, maybe a new camera. Mine’s going on seven years old, and it’s getting harder to take photos or videos that anyone wants to see.
Randy Brock, the Franklin County state senator and former state auditor, announced two weeks ago that he would be running for governor in 2012 as the Republican candidate. What are the opportunities and challenges facing Brock as he begins his gubernatorial campaign?
Brock has experience as a statewide candidate, having run for auditor in 2004 and 2006. He is very knowledgeable on the issues facing Vermont, and will present his views effectively on the campaign trail. He will be a worthy opponent in debates with Gov. Peter Shumlin.
This year’s Christmas column comes in three parts: A Scrooge-like rant; an interlude in which the author repents of his Ebenezerish qualities; and an uplifting conclusion of peace, love and joy.
First, the rant.
Of all the aggravating little pieces of political correctness to which we have been subjected over the years, “Happy Holidays” is the worst.
As I type this blog post, there is not a bit of snow to be seen in East Middlebury.