July 3rd, 2013
BRISTOL — The host Mount Abraham 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star team completed its overpowering run through the District I tournament on Sunday, when Mount Abe defeated Shelburne, 15-0, to sweep the tournament’s playoff round, two games to none. The Eagles had knocked off Shelburne, 33-3, on Saturday in the first game of the best-of-three series.
Herb Score was the best young pitcher in baseball in 1955.
Possessed of a blazing fastball, Score won 16 games as a 21-year-old rookie that year and 20 the next. He led all Major League pitchers in strikeouts both years, averaging nearly 10 a game.
Score seemed destined for a brilliant career, barring injury.
Ah, that “barring injury” proviso, the intervention of fate.
The request by a few members of the Addison County legislative delegation to have the Public Service Department prepare a study on the economic and environmental cost of two proposed Vermont Gas Systems pipelines through the county is right on target, though, perhaps, a few months tardy.
You know Congress is broken when 80 to 90 percent of the public supports policies that keep interest rates on student loans where they are, rather than doubling from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, and yet the Republican House blocked efforts by the Democratic Senate to maintain the status quo. As of Monday, the rates doubled; the government will pocket the windfall.
Gone are the days when I could eat all I wanted without gaining weight. (For you youngsters still scarfing down pizza and beer with abandon, enjoy it now; eventually those calories count double.)
I don’t subscribe to any particular diet plan, other than the one where you move more and eat less. It’s not flashy. It doesn’t have a spokesperson, no one delivers pre-packaged meals to your door, and it doesn’t result in weight loss so dramatic your dog doesn’t recognize you. But it works.
A fellow publisher from my home state of Kansas stopped by this weekend for dinner at our Lake Dunmore home. He sold his three papers back in 2007 while in his late 50s, and he and his wife have been shopping ever since. Not for goods to consume, but for a new place to live.
Recently, I was asked to sit on a dissertation committee for a scholar pursuing a doctoral degree in Pastoral Counseling. Among the many things that the author, Paul Deal, is probing is the paradox of doing pastoral counseling (in his case, in a Christian context) at this time when our future — in the face of climate change, species loss and other forms of ecological degradation — is perilous at best.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes officer and an Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputy both experienced disturbing symptoms during a June 24 traffic stop on Route 7 in New Haven, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel and city department records.
The deputy called for backup from Vergennes police at the stop because of what Merkel described as “the smell of burnt pot” and “a faint chemical odor.”
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