July 29th, 2011
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Few Addison County views are more breathtaking than the golden sun dipping down the backs of the Adirondacks at sunset, veiling the rolling farmland and surface of Lake Champlain in a golden cloak of luminescence.
One of my favorite times to head out on a north-south bike loop is during this period. Not only is the air a bit cooler, but you find yourself in the center of numerous sunset vistas as you breeze on by.
This week’s Weekly Rider features a Middlebury to Vergennes loop called sunset loop.
Length: 25.2 miles
The 2011 Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival drew crowds of people to Shelburne Farms last Sunday, July 24. We were there to check in with the many Addison County producers, and (of course!) to enjoy the food.
Many thanks to Nate Gusakov of Lincoln, Vt. for providing the music. The song is "Bellingham" from his upcoming album, "Running Clear."
Yesterday the wind blew hot and surly across the tall field grasses. Today the high dog days of midsummer have pooled around my feet. It is still but for the drone of heat-loving insects and the intermittent warning of a robin, the hissing of a house wren, the drink-your-tea-tea-tea call of the Eastern towhee.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department’s quest to upgrade its two fire stations passed two major hurdles early this week, as the town’s development review board gave a thumbs-up to the $4.875 million plan and the selectboard set Sept. 27 as the first of two community-wide votes on the project.
The project, if ultimately approved by voters on Town Meeting Day, would add 8,100 square feet of space onto the southern end of the Seymour Street fire station, in the form of a single-story, four-bay addition.
CASTLETON — With two losses in three outings, the Addison County American Legion baseball team bowed out of this past weekend’s double-elimination Vermont Legion championship tournament at Castleton State College.
AC, the Northern Division’s No. 4 seed, rallied on Saturday for a win in its second game, 9-6, over Southern No. 3 Lakes Region, but that victory was bookended by an opening loss on Friday to Southern No. 1 Bennington, 8-0, and in a Sunday elimination contest to Northern No. 1 Essex, 4-1.
I like to party.
That’s not exactly a hot scoop — at least not one you’re likely to see in any publication besides The Onion (College Male Reveals Fondness for Extracurricular Celebrations to Stunned Peers, Community).
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles focusing on the changing role of information technology in various sectors of Addison County life.
On Tuesday night the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 19 innings. On Wednesday morning I saw a replay of the game-winning run, scored by Julio Lugo.
It was a run that shouldn’t have counted, as video replays and photographs show Pirates catcher Michael McKenry tagging Lugo well before he reached home plate. But the ump blew the call, and the Braves won. And that of course once again brought up cries from fans as well as players and managers for an increased use of instant replay in baseball.