“It was dark. Very dark,” Isreal Dudley recalls, thinking back almost 10 years to his first visit to Vermont. He was 11 years old at the time, and it was his first real taste of the rural outdoors. Thanks to the Fresh Air Fund, Isreal, also called “Isszy,” had come to spend a couple weeks with our family that summer. It wasn’t his first time out of Brooklyn, the borough of New York City where he had grown up and lived his whole life. The previous year he had spent some time with a family in Pennsylvania, also through the FAF.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with mostly routine issues between Dec. 19 and 25, including one domestic dispute, an ongoing barking dog problem, violations of the city’s winter parking ban, and motorists in need of a helping hand.
In that seven-day span, Vergennes police:
• On Dec. 19 checked out a report of erratic driving on Panton Road, but found no one.
Being lazy, I thought I’d wrap up 2011 by copying the Addison Independent and making a chronology of all the noteworthy events in my year.
But I got stuck early on, when I realized that in January I only had two items to report: I finally replaced the burned-out light bulb in the fridge and I broke the handle on my windshield scraper.
For me, 2011 was not a year of living dangerously.
Editor’s note: The change of the year is a good time to look back over the last 12 months and recall where we’ve been before diving into the 12 months ahead of us. We present this look back at 2011 to help you bring to mind the big stories of the year and also some of the smaller ones that have touched our lives in Addison County. Happy New Year!
From Tropical Storm Irene to the opening of the new Champlain Bridge, 2011 was chock-full of groundbreaking events. Once you've caught up on the year's biggest developments in our Chronology Feature, make sure to check out some of the accompanying images taken by award-winning photographer Trent Campbell. For captions, click on the slideshow image or refer to the print version of Thursday's paper.
Every year, boys and girls around the world send letters to Santa in the the north pole. Here are a few that local children shared with us.
Since I didn’t get any gifts for my birthday can I get more presents than usual? I would like a DS, some DS games like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman. Some Wii games like Indiana and Star Wars and Batman, and Mario and Sonik, and a ripstick and a game for the Wii. It is. Maryo cart and a DS game it is Maryo. I would like some bayblades and a bayblade arena.
Pictured above is a glass carboy with a handle around the neck, just like the volatile combination referenced in this post. Photo from Flickr user stuttermonkey.
LINCOLN — Heading up the road from Bristol along the New Haven River, just west of the mountain village of Lincoln, stands a small Christmas tree in the woods decorated with lights and a star.
The mysterious tree — situated in a thick patch of forest, across the river from homes and utility lines — shines anomalously against tall stands of trees in the dark, winter night.