July 14th, 2016
ADDISON COUNTY — Last week Vermont State Police arrested the second suspect in the robbery of an Orwell home.
Between June 27 and 30 the state police received reports of someone in a vehicle driving slowly by houses in Orwell, as if sizing them up for robberies.
On June 30 police received a report of an actual burglary of a Horton Road home in Orwell. Troopers viewed surveillance footage of two people stealing gas cans from the garage at the residence.
In the early 1960s, Euell Gibbons wrote “Stalking the Wild Asparagus” and introduced millions of North Americans to the virtues of harvesting wild foods. Since that time, gathering wild edibles has become increasingly popular, and in our region, woods-grown delicacies such as ramps and fiddlehead ferns appear in grocery stores each spring. Yet you don’t have to lace up your hiking boots to enjoy the wild repast. If you resist the urge to use herbicides, you are likely to find a diverse array of edible wild plants growing in your lawn and vegetable garden.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted the Counseling Service of Addison County with a suicidal patient in the Twin Circles area on July 7.
Police said Middlebury Regional EMS took the woman for treatment at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Vermont State Police in trying to find a local youth in the Skyline Drive area on July 4.
• Responded to a Wilmar Road home on July 4 on a report of a man who had allegedly talked about harming himself.
VERGENNES — Among other incidents between July 4 and 10, Vergennes police dealt with one case of domestic assault, a few other disputes, stalled tractor-trailer trucks and loose dogs.
In that week, Vergennes police:
• On July 4 participated in a grant-funded drunk-driving checkpoint in Ferrisburgh.
• On July 4 checked out an area on West Main Street after receiving a report about fireworks being set off.
Where are you from?
It’s a question that, even in the most innocent sense, highlights a sense of alienation and non-belonging. Sometimes it’s just a question when you’re meeting someone for the first time and you know that they’ve just moved to the area. You’re just trying to be nice, getting to know them and taking the first step to welcoming them into the community.
What then, when this conversation extends further than is appropriate?
Marriage is not a competition. But if it were, my husband Mark would be winning.
You might get the impression, from reading this column, or perhaps from knowing us personally, that Mark is a taciturn old grouch, while I am sweetness and light pretty much all the time, bestowing upon him laughter, engaging conversation and tasty home-cooked meals.
All of that is true, of course. But when it comes to thoughtfulness, the grouch is way ahead.
I hate him for that.
What can a white man, in the nation’s second-whitest state, say about the tragedies of violence and racism that continue to tear our country apart?
I sat down to write this column in Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe, where the flow of coffee and friends on laptops can stir the creative juices.
But I had to go home to finish this. Because I didn’t want to have to explain to everyone in the cafe why I was crying.
Crying for all the decades of murdered black victims of white police violence — people who died because they were black.
While Vermont will not be joining Massachusetts, Maine and California in allowing the people to vote directly on marijuana legalization via ballot initiatives this fall, legalization is — indirectly — on the ballot in our upcoming August 9 primary, in the form of the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.