In my house growing up, Christmas was a both a joyful time and a time of hope. It was mostly about being together as a family, enjoying meals and games and snow and a break from school and work, and about church services celebrating the birth of Jesus. It was not so much about the commercial aspects of the season.
A message to Gov. Peter Shumlin:
On the evening news recently you were talking about the roads, not BARE ground or similar term. My wife was driving home from Burlington and told me of a detour on Route 7 because of an accident. A few minutes later she called about a second accident. My concern was heightened for her safety.
The news later confirmed the two accidents. One was fatal; the rescue people were having a tough time working at the accident because of slippery conditions.
In a letter to the editor, Addison Independent, Dec. 19. 2013, seven area clergy preach against the natural gas pipeline. They say, “We have a sacred responsibility to speak the truth as best we understand it.” I say take time to understand the truth before uttering a word.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sunday cited a Vergennes woman for an earlier offense of credit card fraud.
Police allege that Jessica Kimball, 39, a Main Street resident, in late November stole a credit card from a Ferrisburgh resident and fraudulently charged about $1,700 of goods and services. Sunday’s citation concluded an investigation that began not long after the alleged offense.
In other action between Dec. 16 and 22, Vergennes police:
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police cited Martin Landon, 42, of Weybridge for assault, following investigation of a citizens’ dispute at a Lafountain Lane home in Weybridge on Dec. 22. Police released Landon on citation to appear in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Feb. 24, 2014.
In other recent action, VSP:
• Ticketed a Whiting man for speeding after he allegedly lost control of his vehicle on Route 30 in Cornwall on Dec. 17 and struck a house.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Public Service Board on Monday gave its conditional approval to, and issued a Certificate of Public Good for, Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
BRISTOL — The chair of the Mount Abraham Facility Advisory Committee on Dec. 18 enumerated for the Bristol selectboard some of the reasons the Mount Abraham Union High School facilities should be updated.
Troy Paradee stressed that the building is by no means unsafe — rather, some school officials and residents believe it does not meet the educational needs of students in this day and age.
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Council members and planning commission chairman Shannon Haggett at this past Tuesday’s council meeting discussed the city’s recent award by Vermont Council on Rural Development of free facilitation for a four-month public-forum process that will be offered either next spring or fall. City Manager Mel Hawley said Vergennes was one of two Vermont towns to earn the honor for 2013.