June 17th, 2010
In the race for governor, Democratic candidate Matt Dunne stands alone in the crowd for one clear reason: He is outside the political beltway — the other four Democrats and Republican Brian Dubie are entrenched in state politics and have been for a long time. The question is whether that’s a help or hindrance, and many analysts, as well as Dunne himself, see it as a major plus.
BRANDON — Observing Sue LaRock, Julie Fox and Jean Childers is like watching a sweet, hilarious, feel-good film.
The three woman, who count each other as friends as well as co-workers, have each decided to retire from their jobs at the Neshobe School in Brandon after a combined 68 1/2 years, and it is definitely with mixed feelings.
“We’re leaving stuff we love everyday,” said Childers earnestly. “To me, it doesn’t get any better than the last 20 years.”
“It is with very, very mixed emotions,” LaRock said, adding with her trademark wit, “But I’m old and tired.”
News this week that Exxon-Mobil not only paid no U.S. taxes last year, but also a received $156 million tax refund from the federal government, won’t go over well with the average American taxpayer.
ADDISON — State officials closed the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison on June 14, citing safety concerns resulting from the nearby construction of the replacement Champlain Bridge.
The site, which is usually open from late May to October, will remain closed at least for the remainder of the year.
A friend asked me the other day how long it has been since I graduated from high school. I did the quick math in my head (I graduated in 1982), and came up with 28 years. I hesitated saying the number out loud because it didn’t seem possible. Twenty-eight years? I did the math again and, darn it, I still came up with 28.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel this week was mourning the loss of his first police dog, Blade, who had to be euthanized due to rapidly failing health brought on by degenerative myelopathy.
German shepherds, as was Blade, are particularly susceptible to degenerative myelopathy, a progressive disease in the spinal cord in older dogs, Merkel said. It typically begins with the loss of coordination in the hind limbs and often progresses to paralysis.
MONTPELIER — The Mount Abraham Union High School baseball team started 2010 without its No. 1 pitcher, the 2009 Metro Conference Player of the Year, and another three-year starter, also the team’s 3-4-5 hitters: They were among the six seniors who graduated from the 2009 squad that won the Metro title and helped Mount Abe reach the Division II final for the fourth straight year.
And when the Eagles didn’t score a run in three scrimmages during a preseason trip to Florida, longtime Mount Abe coach Jeff Stetson admitted even he was not sure about his team’s prospects.
On a recent family trip to Oklahoma, I developed a whole new admiration for, and horror of, the airline industry. No other business I know of can provide so little for so much and still be in such high demand. (As a cell phone owner, I don’t say this lightly.)
Airline travel has become increasingly expensive, inconvenient and exhausting. It offers little incentive to keep customers coming back. Yet the airports are packed.