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July 30th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent activity in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, the following took place:
Marshall Atkins, 20, of Bridport pleaded guilty to a June 12 charge of first-degree aggravated domestic assault, and was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. Sentencing was deferred for four years.
CASTLETON — Saturday’s 62nd annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl will have a strong local angle: Five members of the undefeated Division I champion Middlebury Union High School football team were named to the 2015 Vermont squad, and two members of the D-II finalist Otter Valley squad will join them in doing battle with their New Hampshire counterparts.
And MUHS Coach Dennis Smith will be calling the shots for the Vermont team when the game kicks off at Castleton University’s Spartan Stadium at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — Pete Mulgrew and Sean Mulgrew comprised the duo that claimed the Overall Point Winner title at this past weekend’s annual Dud Phinney Member-Guest Tournament in Middlebury. The twosome of Joe Bartlett and Hugh Barber grabbed the Low Qualifier title in the tournament, which was played last Thursday through Sunday at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
About a decade ago, former Independent colleague Jeff Inglis stopped in and handed me a copy of one of my old Clippings columns. Jeff said he found it in Vermont Supreme Court records while researching that court’s 1999 ruling that Vermont must allow same-sex couples the “same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples.”
A few days ago, I joined the ranks of over 2 million eternal optimists who have embraced The New York Times bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”
The author is a Japanese professional organizer named Marie Kondo, whose “KonMari” method espouses a simple philosophy: Free up space in your home by keeping only those possessions that “spark joy.”
The woman is a genius. Oh, and also: She is crazy.
This week’s writer is Laura Asermily, a member of the Middlebury selectboard.
This week’s writer is Linda E. Johnson, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.
I think most of us understand that technology devices and the Internet are here to stay. They are part of all of our lives whether in our doctor’s offices with online medical records or the many ways we use smartphones, laptops, workplace computers, online games, directional tracking, news and weather updates and televison or alternatives to television in our home and when we travel. Technology has transformed communication and made our world smaller and smarter.
Vermont is a beautiful state — not only to those of us fortunate enough to live here but also to the many tourists who visit every year. They come to see our lovely farmland, long vistas, mountains, rolling hills, and quaint towns and villages. They do not come to see acres of solar panels marring the views. Vermont does not have or allow billboards, so why are we now looking to mar our countryside with acres of solar panels?