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July 12th, 2012
We just returned from a week of camping in Salisbury. This year, for the first time, it actually resembled the sort of positive experience most people associate with vacations.
We don’t go away very often, what with my husband being self-employed and us having a large garden and various sorts of farm-type animals, most of whom have special issues (pet sitters generally aren’t willing to rub a goat’s temples to ease her migraines).
If you had two products of comparable quality and one cost $120,000 and the other $20,000, the choice between the two would be simple. If the $20,000 option were considerably better, then not only would the choice be easy, but the $120,000 option would cease to exist.
To a degree, that describes the horns of the dilemma to be encountered by higher education. No matter how they respond, the cost of a college education and the explosion in digital learning models will revamp the way the next generation approaches education.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were called to a home on Elm Point Road in Addison on Monday, July 9, to investigate a reported burglary.
The resident reported that three 1950s antique pedal cars were stolen from the basement of the residence.
Troopers are investigating, but initially said they had no suspects.
Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact the New Haven state police barracks at 802-388-4919.
In other recent activity, VSP:
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on July 3 arrested a 23-year-old Brandon man for allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old Vergennes resident who was on the way to the city’s annual Independence Day fireworks display and stealing his wallet.
Police allege Michael D. Shively of Champearl Road sometime before 9:30 p.m. grabbed the teen from a North Main Street sidewalk, pulled him into some bushes, assaulted him by punching him in the ribs and ripping his shirt, and took the wallet.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Martina Anderson, 25, of Warren for retail theft at Carolyn’s Closet on Main Street on July 6. Anderson admitted to stealing merchandise from several downtown stores, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated the reported theft of an iPhone from a Seminary Street residence on July 2.
• Responded to the reported theft of a wallet from a person at Shaw’s Supermarket on Washington Street on July 2. Police said the thief returned the wallet.
In the heat of July, sustained focus and long, reasoned arguments can be difficult to maintain, especially for the easily distracted.
Wait, was that the hummingbird at the fuchsia again?
Oh, right, anyway, it’s time for a sports snippets column.
• As of late last week, the last two baseball games I saw played were an American Legion Addison County team game and a Vermont Lake Monsters vs. Lowell Spinners contest in Burlington.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team bounced back from its first two losses of the season with wins on Monday and Tuesday and remains in good position for a postseason playoff berth.
On Tuesday, AC knocked off host Burlington, 8-0, and on Monday, AC defeated visiting Essex, 5-1. Those results followed a pair of losses to South Burlington, 8-0 on the road on Saturday and 8-6 at home on July 5.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School board members, administrators, department heads and a dozen local residents on Monday heard details about what could be between a $5.7 million and $7 million project to upgrade the school, notably its auditorium and athletic facilities.