Archive - Jul 7, 2011
My sister-in-law is about to come down with a bad case of mid-summer gardening fatigue. I can sense it creeping up on her — and many others — as it does every year right about now, just as the birds are quieting down from their early nesting hoopla, just as the sun hits its warm stride, just as vegetable gardens in New England reach their peak.
On July 4, Bristol held its 33rd annual Great Outhouse Race. The winners of four preliminary heats faced off in a final race that saw Team Snap's — representing Snap's Restaurant in Bristol — win their third straight Outhouse Race. They received stiff competition this year, however, and had to come from behind in the final race to snatch victory from newcomers team Camp Kookamunga of Middlebury.
As Governor of Vermont, one of my first priorities was to strengthen and grow our state's centuries-long partnership with the Canadian Province of Quebec. I believed then as I do now that this relationship is critical to the success of our great state. Quebec is our largest trading partner and a significant source of clean, stable and, most importantly, renewable energy from Hydro-Quebec. Not only do we share an international border, but we share a deep cultural and historic connection; indeed many families have relatives on both sides.
When Josefina was two weeks old, she was abandoned in a dumpster.
Whether she was the product of a premature feline mother that couldn’t handle the stress of kittens or she was the victim of callous owners, we will never know.
BRISTOL — With less than 100 feet remaining in the final heat of Bristol’s 33rd annual Great Outhouse Race, it looked like the two-time reigning champions representing Snap’s Restaurant might lose to the rookies from Camp Kookamunga. Then, from somewhere deep in the hot depths of this year’s Fourth of July festivities, cousins Chris and Kevin Berry, 23 and 20, found their legs, turned on the afterburners and jetted straight through the finish line to reclaim their title as the “World Champions” for the third consecutive year.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County’s senatorial district would swap Brandon for Charlotte in a proposed redistricting plan recently endorsed by the Vermont Apportionment Board (VAB), which had until July 1 to submit final proposals for legislative review.
It is a neighborhood of porches. Deep, wide porches framed by white columns and balustrades that are the perfect spot for a sandaled foot to rest.
And resting – taking a load off, settling in for a chat with a housemate or savoring a solitary scotch as the slow summer evening fades toward its demise – that’s what these porches are made for.
For cooling off when it’s too hot to do anything else. For conversation when it’s lonely inside.
I love the L-screen.
It makes me feel years younger. I am always on the lookout for ways to feel younger these days. I have a bad case of Old Jock Syndrome.
The L-screen is a simple concept: It’s netting on an aluminum frame shaped like a fat “L.” It has revolutionized batting practice in baseball.