September 8th, 2011
VERMONT — In response to the wreckage caused by Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont agencies and legislators this week released a deluge of information, warnings and guidelines surrounding safety precautions, cleanup methods and rebuilding efforts. Here’s a roundup:
Believe it or not, we reporters are asked from time to time if we are ever going to write a book. I personally take such inquiries as compliments — unless of course they come from a friend or wisecracking family member who adds, “You might as well write a book, you’re already doing a great job with fiction right now.”
But if I were going to write a book with the prospect of making a buck or two, I’m not sure I would delve into the fiction genre.
The real money seems to be in college textbooks.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Brandon woman got a scare Monday morning when the car she was driving on Route 7 in Salisbury struck a black bear.
Vermont State Police reported that on Labor Day at around 8:30 a.m., Dawn Marie Nicholson, 41, was driving a 1995 Dodge Intrepid northbound on Route 7 at 50-55 mph when a black bear ran in front of her from the east running west. The Intrepid collided with the bear in the northbound lane. The trooper described the road condition as wet.
So goes the refrain of schoolchildren everywhere as summer vacation drags on. Hearing it from my 12-year-old in recent weeks, I realized I hadn’t said those words in years. When did I stop being bored?
When I grew up, I guess.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School football team on Saturday made a winner of new head coach Jim Hill and accomplished something the Otters failed to do in 2010 — come out on top in a home game.
In the Division II and season opener for both teams, OV spotted Springfield the first eight points and scored the next 36 on the way to a 36-16 victory.
I was biking to work last week, moving at a leisurely pace as I came around a crest of a hill on a favorite bend of one of my favorite local roads. I slowed to a crawl to admire the view, and was struck again by the beauty we have in Addison County.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are seeking information about a Sunday morning hit-and-run accident that injured two youths.
Police said a southbound car on Main Street struck a 12-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy as they were in the crosswalk at the Green Street intersection at 11:50 a.m.
The girl and boy were treated at Porter Hospital and released — the girl for injuries to her hip, abdomen, back and head, and the boy for scrapes and bruises to his arms and legs.
For the moment, Gov. Peter Shumlin is chief consoler for those most directly affected by Tropical Storm Irene’s flooding, cheerleader to boost the state’s important tourism economy, and primary care doctor — treating as many ailments as possible as he goes town-to-town.
In each of these meetings he reassures community members that the state and federal governments are working as quickly as they can to get things back to normal, and then he offers a few words of hope and inspiration.