November 17th, 2011
It is the third day of the 2011 rifle season for deer. I’m sitting in a folding chair inside my hunting tent atop a small hill. In terms of my chances of success, I’d be better off 12 feet up in my tree stand rather than on the ground in a tent. I can see a lot farther from a dozen feet up in the air. Plus, my scent dissipates from a tree stand rather than lingering on the ground and warning deer of my presence.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police twice between Nov. 7 and 13 issued drug citations to passengers of vehicles stopped for speeding on West Main Street, while also citing the drivers for non-drug-related violations.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks are investigating a number of recently reported burglaries at county hunting camps.
On the morning of Nov. 8, troopers received a report of a burglary at a hunting camp off Natural Turnpike Road in Ripton. The owner of the camp, Michael Lefebvre of Milton, told police that when he arrived at the camp that morning he found someone had forced their way into the camp, a tool shed, an RV trailer and a separate two-story garage.
MIDDLEBURY – Middlebury police cited Matthew L. Husk, 30, of Ferrisburgh on Nov. 11 for second-degree aggravated domestic assault, following an alleged incident at a Sugarwood Court residence. Police said Husk was lodged at the Addison County Sheriff’s Department lockup for lack of $5,000 bail.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
BRISTOL — In the past two weeks, Bristol police have dealt with a variety of incidents, including ones involving unruly citizens, thefts and sick people and animals.
During the period Bristol police:
• On Oct. 31 received a report that a credit card was stolen and used at two banks in the village.
MIDDLEBURY — As sirens sped toward Otter Creek Brewing of Exchange Street Monday morning, hundreds of gallons of amber-colored beer soaked slowly into the earth.
It might seem like a scene from a beer-lover’s nightmare, but the 40-barrel fermenting tank that exploded inside the Middlebury brewery around 10 a.m. was no figment of the imagination. The explosion damaged pipes and another tank, blowing out an outside wall panel and dumping beer across the brewery floor and the parking lot outside.
Did you catch Ripton's Bill McKibben on Monday night's Colbert Report? After Stephen Colbert announced midway through the show that he had solved the global warming crisis (by not caring, of course!), he brought McKibben out to speak about President Obama's postponment of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Keep an eye out for the quick discussion of Vermont about five minutes in.
The view out my window yesterday gave every appearance of a cold November day. Bare trees rose towards a slate grey sky, branches wiggling stiffly in the wind as brown leaves swirled on the sidewalk. It was quite possible to imagine a snowstorm was on the way... until I stepped outside.