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August 29th, 2013
That’s right, I’m outtahere.
I’m already in Africa, where I will spend the next year.
Africa! How about that! — Cameroon, to be precise. Me. Africa. Imagine.
I’m just about the most provincial person I know. A trip to Burlington for me is a big deal. I have traveled much in Addison County. I am one comforted by routine and familiarity.
I teach a course at Middlebury on the literature and culture of Northern New England, which is essentially an examination of the Yankee archetype. I use myself as Exhibit A.
Not that long ago, nuclear power was the promise to the world’s looming energy crisis. Back in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s when nuclear power was spreading its wings, the continental U.S. was exhausting its known crude oil reserves at an alarming rate and we were becoming dependent on oil from the Middle East. Long gas lines at service stations in the 1973 oil crisis, amid black outs in New York City, punctuated the need for diverse power sources.
Yesterday was the second year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. Gov. Peter Shumlin toured areas of the state that were most severely damaged to mark the occasion with a simple message: The state has come a long way in recovering from one of the worst floods in Vermont’s history, but there is still more to do.
A few weeks ago, I hopped off the ACTR Tri-Town Shuttle at Mount Abraham Union High School to pay an unexpected visit to a Spanish teacher whose name I didn’t know, who may or may not have been on the premises, who perhaps had something to do with a field trip fundraising effort that I thought would — probably — make a good photo-op for an inside page of the paper.
So we got another goat.
Kind of an odd choice for a family that has found one goat to be just slightly over their ideal Goats Per Household quotient.
But you can’t have just one goat, because goats are herd animals and want to be around their own kind. Years ago we took in three goats out of pity but now we’re down to one, and that’s a problem. Sure, Lucy’s been fine on her own this summer, but with winter coming we couldn’t bear the thought of her alone in the goat barn on long, cold, dark nights, with no one to play cribbage with.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police were twice recently called to handle family conflicts at a West Main Street home and issued a domestic assault citation during one of the visits.
On Aug. 22, city police cited Amber Ryan, 20, for domestic assault. Police allege that Ryan punched her sister in the head “multiple times.” Police took Ryan to an acquaintance’s Middlebury home that evening pending a court appearance the next day.
ADDISON COUNTY — Despite the arrest of a prime suspect in the string of home burglaries in the county, Vermont State Police in the past week received reports of a couple thefts from area residences.
First, a resident of Smead Road in Salisbury reported that sometime during the day of Aug. 23 a delivered package was stolen from the property.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were informed of the theft of “numerous items and cash” from the Indulge Full Service Salon off Washington Street on Aug. 24. Police are investigating the incident.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted a Sugarwood Apartments resident with a noisy neighbor complaint on Aug. 19.
• Investigated a report of two youths missing from the Ossie Road area on Aug. 19. Police said the youths were soon located.