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November 3rd, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — For Vermont microbrew enthusiasts, the shuttering of The Shed Restaurant and Brewery in Stowe on Oct. 17 w as a sad occasion.
But Monday brought brighter news: Otter Creek Brewery in Middlebury agreed to purchase the brewing arm of the 46-year-old Stowe fixture from owners Ken and Kathleen Strong, and announced plans to transfer the brewing equipment down to the Middlebury location and begin brewing The Shed’s signature Mountain Ale.
I stood thigh deep in a favorite large pool on the New Haven River working the deep channel at the tail. Wes Butler stood on the far bank working the inlet and a swifter channel where the current undercut a steep bank.
Between us we covered the pool thoroughly with a mix of nymphs and black and white wooly buggers, drifting and bouncing along the bottom as well as stripping through the current. But nothing stirred. No flashes of silver, brown, or rainbow red to suggest anything hungry and tempted by our offer.
VERGENNES —Vergennes police recently investigated two cases of fraud, one of which resulted in a $400 loss and the other involving a laptop purchase.
On Oct. 27, police were told by a downtown store employee that the employee had told a resident to stop sending money to a company that had promised the resident a $2.5 million prize. The resident had already sent away $400 before being advised to stop.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report on Oct. 26 that some minor children might have been sexually abused at a Weybridge Street residence. The matter remains under investigation, police said.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Received a report on Oct. 24 that four rings had been stolen from a Mountain View Lane residence.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating a burglary at a camp on the Upper Notch Road in Bristol that occurred between the end of August and Oct. 26. There was a substantial amount of damage done to the residence. Sgt. James Hogan said there appears to be a connection between this incident and other burglaries in that area where copper tubing was targeted. The camp on Upper Notch Road was broken into in February of this year and all the copper tubing was taken.
Vermont could save as much as $1.5 billion annually through its health care reform efforts, or as little as a half billion a year, according to a report released yesterday by the Joint Fiscal Office and the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration.
The variation between $1.5 billion and a half-billion in savings makes the estimate almost meaningless. It means they don’t know what the savings will be, because the circumstances can vary so dramatically.
After months of grueling debate matched by great compromise, the writing of the U.S. Constitution came to a close in September 1787. As a framework for just governance, it was based as much on established principle as it was on experimentation, relying heavily on the virtue and will of the American people. The proposed system bestowed enough power in the people for them to stake a claim to their future, if they chose to.
A few months ago, I was asked by an editor at the college’s “Middlebury Magazine” to write about a tree house that had been constructed during our college years. That piece appears in the current issue of the magazine. Because it’s a story I’ve also wanted to tell in this space, I’ve adapted the magazine account for today’s column.