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ADDISON COUNTY — The extraordinarily heavy freezing rain and snowfall through the middle of last week kept Vermont State Police working out of the New Haven barracks quite busy responding to motor vehicle crashes and directing traffic around same. Troopers responded to eight traffic crashes involving property damage, and about 35 vehicles that slid off the road through the first 48 hours of the storm, which began on the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 9.
VERGENNES — Last week’s snowstorm kept Vergennes police busy dealing with a series of mishaps and incidents.
On Tuesday, Dec. 9, city police went to Woodman Hill to direct traffic around trucks stranded trying to climb Woodman Hill on Route 7 just south of Vergennes and to the intersection of Main and School streets to direct traffic around downed power lines.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a break-in at the municipal building at 94 Main St. on Dec. 13. Police said the culprit(s) gained entry by breaking a window at the teen center space, then got into the gym, where they scattered soda cans and candy wrappers.
Authorities noted the culprit(s) also wrote graffiti inside the teen center.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call police at 388-3191.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Sunday, Dec. 14, arrested a Bristol man on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.
Police arrested Randy J. Gorton, 43, at 10 a.m. that day after an officer saw him driving on Mountain Street near Prince Lane. Police issued Gorton a citation to answer the charge in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, in January.
A hundred years ago, Christmas shopping was a snap. You’d buy an orange and a handful of walnuts for each of the kids, a silk handkerchief or a pouch of pipe tobacco for the spouse, and bang, you were done. No Black Friday madness, no anxiety about the January Visa bill, no Christmas Eve runs to the Hammacher Schlemmer section of T.J. Maxx to grab Dad an electronic golf ball case (on the off chance he starts playing golf this year).
Times have changed.
When people ask me what I do for work, I usually tell them that I’m a reporter for the Addison Independent. This is only partly true. Yes, my byline appears on a number of articles, but not with the same regularity as those of my colleagues, who cover specific beats and areas of Addison County. I choose the aforementioned answer because it is easier than going into the full nature of my work.
Emerson Lynn’s editorial in the Nov. 27 issue of the Independent, “How do we grow if our political leadership balks?” is instructive regarding the anemic growth in Vermont’s economy and the shortfalls in state revenues. As Mr. Lynn notes, the pro-growth sentiment does not exist among Vermont’s political class.