April 19th, 2012
It’s a hectic time of the year, with Town Meeting Day coinciding with many winter athletic teams in playoffs, and then our Spring Sports Report blending with 20-degree nights, 80-degree days and heated debates on religious expression up in my news beat.
That makes it a perfect time for some random, scattershot reflections on the sports world. To whit:
ADDISON COUNTY — On April 13 troopers from the New Haven and Rutland state police barracks investigated the thefts of heavy equipment and tractor batteries from Ploof Excavating and the town of Salisbury on Upper Plains Road in Salisbury and Mountain Meadow Farm on Vail Road in Sudbury. While investigating the incidents, troopers received information resulting in the arrests of Cale Quenneville, 18, of Brandon and Scott Lanpher, 24, of Leicester.
They cited the men into court for three counts of grand larceny and three counts of unlawful mischief.
MIDDLEBURY — Police in Middlebury are warning area residents to be wary of scammers calling this week.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 11, the Middlebury Police Department received numerous reports of Addison County residents receiving automated phone calls that said their debit cards were “locked,” according to Middlebury Police Sgt. Jason Covey. In each case the messages prompted the potential victims to enter their account number to “unlock” the debit cards.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police between April 9 and 15 handled a variety of incidents, including a harassment issue at Vergennes Union High School, a verbal domestic dispute, and a bad-check case.
In that week, city police:
• On April 9 met with and mentored VUHS students having behavioral issues.
• On April 10 unsuccessfully tried to find a motorist who had driven off from Champlain Farms without paying for about $20 of gas.
When is enough debate enough, and when can common sense simply prevail without tipping off the lobbyists and setting up a battle within the state legislature? Both questions come to mind with respect to the two amendments added last week at the last minute to a bill that would establish “universal recycling of solid waste.”
What may be most surprising about the story of Addison County Sheriff James Coons is that he did so much, so quietly.
Last weekend at a girls’ basketball tournament, I found myself in a public restroom with my 12-year-old daughter and some other moms and pre-teens. I washed my hands and waved them under the paper towel dispenser to trigger the sensor.
Frantic jazz-hands wave.
My daughter groaned.
“It’s not that kind, Mom,” she said, rolling her eyes. “Just pull.”
I knew the minute I heard the clicking noise that it was all over.
My computer had been acting up for a couple days, running the fan more than usual, opening applications slowly. Not one to lose faith in my appliances, I’d just ignored it and hoped the problem would resolve itself.