January 19th, 2017
STOWE — On Dec. 11 the Middlebury Union High School Nordic teams competed well in a 5-kilometer classic race against Division I teams at a meet hosted by Stowe at the Trapp Family Lodge.
The Tiger boys placed three racers in the top 10 and finished second behind Champlain Valley in a seven-team team field, 21-33, with Stowe (45), Mount Mansfield (71), Colchester (86), Peoples (134) and Fairfax (164) rounding out the field.
As we transition to a new administration on Jan. 20, I felt compelled to write and thank President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for their service to our country over the last eight years. These two men are extraordinary human beings. Their commitment to all of the people of the United States has been clearly demonstrated throughout their years of public service.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team on Monday edged visiting Milton, 114.75-109.6, in a meet the Tigers hosted at Middlebury Union Middle School, their home court.
Taking first-place finishes for the Tigers were Aly Chione and Olivia Beauchamp. Lian McGarry also earned first-place points for MUHS after finishing second in the vault behind Fair Haven independent Julianna Williams, who trains with the Tigers.
The top three finishers in each event were:
A couple of weeks ago, I began to ask my friends how they were coping withthe national election and how they were responding to the changing of the guard. Some are coping by withdrawing. One says that she listens to WOKO instead of public radio. Others have built strategies for regulating the amount of distressing news that they take in in a day, and listen to music, talk about other things with friends, work out more, hug their spouse closer or spend more time in nature or museums.
I applaud Joanna Colwell for her fine critique of Wayne Dyer’s unhelpful aphorisms (Ways of Seeing, Jan. 12). She deserves further applause for pointing out similar “harmful ideas” even in her own field of yoga. (Incidentally, the word “spiritualism” means so many different things to different people that it is completely useless. Let’s not use it anymore.)
In a front-page story, Addison Independent, Dec, 15, 2016, Middlebury College President, Laurie Patton announced that the college is now carbon neutral, meaning that it has brought its carbon footprint to zero. Bill McKibben says the college has won an important battle in an all-out war on climate change.
ADDISON COUNTY — Last week seemed to be the perfect time for young male drivers to crash their cars and hoof it away from the scene before the police arrive; at least that’s what can be gleaned from the recent Vermont State Police reports.
First, on Jan. 10 troopers were notified by an Addison County sheriff’s deputy of a vehicle travelling east on Leicester Whiting Road at an extremely high rate of speed. When the deputy had seen two vehicles racing on Route 30 in Whiting, he activated his emergency blue lights, but only one vehicle pulled over.