Archive - May 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The 21st century is a transformative point in the timeline of the human species. We can either collectively find solutions to the urgent problems of climate change, nuclear proliferation and famine, creating new and healthier industries to profit from, or we will struggle through a “New Dark Age,” caught between the world’s changing tides in our outdated ways of life.
BARRE — The Mount Abraham Union High School track and field team fared well in Barre on Wednesday, when the Eagle girls won a six-team meet and the Eagle boys finished a close second to host Spaulding.
The Eagle girls breezed to a win with 145 points to 88 for the runner-up Tide. Whitcomb (81), Northfield (65), Hazen (49) and Randolph (48) trailed.
Cassie Marion and Brooke Lossman won two events apiece for the Eagles, while Becky Johnston and Natalie May won once each.
Change comes easiest when people understand how they benefit. Motivation is almost in direct proportion to how much they save, or profit, or are made to feel better. Central to all this is the ability to communicate effectively.
That ability, or willingness, will dictate the degree of success Vermont will have with the “smart grid” technology that is about to become part of our lives. We can do the minimum, and accomplish little, or we can use the technology as the necessary catalyst to prompt the sorts of changes that truly make a difference.
Middlebury filmmaker Tim Joy and his team called Projection Films turned a full-sized automobile into a radio control car to perform a stunt for their upcoming horror movie Soul Keeper. After weeks of planning, the car crash went off without a hitch on Lincoln’s Isham Road. Click below to view the action.
Now that Donald Trump has pulled out of the race for president under the GOP mantle, what can be learned from his bizarre mini-candidacy? Chris Cillizza, who writes a column called The Fix in the Washington Post suggests that the take-away lesson for other Republican presidential candidates in 2012 is that confrontation works… any confrontation.
It seems like eons ago, but I can remember my parents talking about the prospect of being empty nesters with a sense of wonderment and (gasp) anticipation. My dad spoke of converting my room into storage for his gargantuan stamp collection, while mom talked about being able to travel with less baggage (could she really have been talking about me?).
All of a sudden, the clock struck “18” and I was no longer flinging open the door, waltzing to my room and shouting “What’s for dinner?” on the way up the stairs.
When it comes to this column, there are a few subjects I just won’t touch. Politics and religion, for instance, are off the table. But now, after years of secrecy, and at the risk of horrifying the citizens of Addison County, I feel compelled to write frankly about a taboo topic.