September 11th, 2014
SHOREHAM — Delicious foods, delightful bicycling and spectacular scenery are in store for all who participate in the seventh annual Tour de Farms. Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, in Shoreham, the Tour de Farms offers a choice of two routes: a family-friendly 10-mile loop and a more challenging 30-mile loop. At frequent designated stops, family farmers will treat bicyclists to tasty samples of local foods such as apple cider and apples, maple walnuts and maple syrup, cheese, meatballs, potatoes, chicken and pork, baked goods and pies.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes woman pleaded innocent on Monday in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of false swearing and a misdemeanor charge of giving false information to a police officer, after she allegedly made a false allegation that her husband had sexually assaulted her.
MIDDLEBURY — When Middlebury College students returned to campus this week they were greeted by “Youbie Obie,” a large sculpture newly located on the northern edge of the campus, near Coffrin Hall and Le Chateau. Measuring some 15-1/2 feet in length and rising to 15-1/2 feet in height, the cor-ten steel construction consists of arcs and half-arcs in a rhythmic and commodious relationship that suggests a gate.
I was in fifth grade on Sept. 11, 2001. It was a Tuesday, and that meant gym class. Wearing our standard school uniform (navy blue sweatpants and white t-shirts), we walked single file with gym sneakers gripped to our chests to the local recreation center in downtown Brattleboro.
We returned to our desks two hours later to find the nation in a state of emergency.
Dear Fine Gardening magazine,
It is with great sadness that I request that you cancel my entry in your Gardener of the Year contest, Vegetable Division. Turns out, I don’t stand a chance.
We’re still marching in the streets
With little victories and big defeats
—Joan Baez, “To Bobby”
Baez wrote those lyrics to her old boyfriend Bob Dylan more than 40 years ago. And sadly, they’re still true today.
The climate change movement certainly knows about little victories and big defeats.
This week’s writer is William Benton, mayor of the city of Vergennes.
Vergennes was settled in 1766 by a Scotsman named Donald MacIntosh. The City of Vergennes was incorporated in 1788 and is the third oldest city in New England.
The Addison Independent recently reported that the federal government has committed $45 million on the cleanup of Lake Champlain in Vermont. Our great lake is worth it and I applaud this bold initiative.