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March 26th, 2014
One of the most promising aspects of Vermont’s political and educational landscape is the belief in community and civic engagement. For those coming to this state from elsewhere, it is a powerful realization to see such ardent participation in the health of our communities. It’s refreshing to see the public go beyond recrimination to take action and be part of finding solutions.
ST. JOHNSBURY — Seven out of the 13 members of the Otter Youth Wrestling Club who traveled on Saturday to a St. Johnsbury tournament for kindergarteners through sixth-graders came away with first- or second-place finishes.
Taking first place for the Otter contingent were Caleb Whitney, David Williams and Chase Cram.
Isaac Whitney, Johan Harding, Quincey Boone and Levi Cram earned second-place finishes.
Also, Amelia Whitney and Tucker Babcock finished third at their level, while Mariska Harding and Ian Miner took fourths.
Gov. Peter Shumlin’s strength, as witnessed by his Monday visit to Middlebury to speak at a legislative luncheon, is the mile-high clarity through which he sees political challenges.
A corresponding weakness is that he too quickly dismisses the swamps that lie in the weeds of detail between his lofty goals. It’s a trait that transcends issues, from the natural gas pipeline, to health care reform and school governance.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating a string of BB-gun vandalism cases in the New Haven Road and Green Street neighborhood.
Three incidents of BBs being shot through home windows on those city streets were reported last week, and a fourth was reported late the week before.
On March 17, a Green Street resident reported hearing a bang outside his home, but police found nothing. The next day, the man called back to say he had discovered the damage to a window.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police arrested two men following a three-vehicle accident on Route 7 North at around 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19. Police said the accident occurred in the northbound lane of the road when Brian Baldwin, 42, of Middlebury allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in front of him that had stopped.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to 68 South Main St. in Whiting on March 19 at 11:20 p.m. in an attempt to locate Wayne Bezanson, who had a warrant for his arrest.
While troopers were attempting to take Bezanson into custody he began to resist arrest. Police allege that Pamela Jean Thomas, 49, of Whiting began to assist Bezanson in resisting arrest by preventing troopers from handcuffing him.
Troopers did eventually subdue Bezanson and take him into custody.
3/22 Midd. vs. Bowdoin.......................... 10-4
3/25 Endicott vs. Midd. ........................ 14-12
3/22 Midd. vs. Bowdoin.......................... 14-6
3/25 Midd. vs. RIT................................. 19-4
I am writing my column this week from Tucson, Ariz. I am here watching my son play baseball with the Middlebury College Panthers on their annual spring break trip. Ten games in eight days, with the final three against archrival Williams.