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April 19th, 2012
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.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff Jim Coons, who died on Monday evening at the age of 59, was recalled by fellow law enforcement officials as a gregarious, savvy and cooperative public servant who dramatically transformed his department during his three decades in office.
“Jim Coons was the iconic face of law enforcement in Addison County and a bridge between the past and present,” said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley.
“He will be a tough act to follow.”
UPDATE 4/18/12: Read the full story here
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Sheriff’s Department announced this morning that Sheriff James B. Coons died Monday night at his home in Middlebury. He succumbed to cancer.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team had little trouble with a longtime rival on Friday, when the Tigers thumped Mount Anthony, 18-5.
Nine Tigers scored, led by sophomore middie Emily Robinson’s five goals, as MUHS improved to 2-1.
The Tigers’ only loss has come to a 4-1 Rutland team in their opener, and in that 10-8 road setback MUHS played without senior standout midfielders Chrissy Ritter and Brandi Whittemore.
As state legislators and Vermont educators and school administrators discuss ways to improve school outcomes late in this legislative session, here are a few points to acknowledge:
• 60 percent of the jobs being created in the next decade will require a college degree;
• More than half of Vermonters over the age of 25 do not have a college degree;
• Many of Vermont’s most progressive employers can’t find enough employees with the skills they need to grow and succeed;
MIDDLEBURY — When you get into hot water, you can wind up in the Addison County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD) lockup. Those who find themselves in that predicament can take a little solace in knowing that the hot water they use at the jail will have been made in an environmentally safe manner.