May 22nd, 2015
HANCOCK — With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summertime riding, local bicyclists already have their eyes set on some of the most challenging outings in their neighborhood. Crisscrossing the spine of the Green Mountains, a ride through the Lincoln, Brandon, Appalachian and Middlebury gaps makes for a fearsome quartet of climbs and descents with thousands of vertical feet gained and lost as one passes from the Champlain Valley to the Mad River Valley and back again.
As the prospect for retirement nears, whether you’re 63 or 80, hobbies and pastimes become more and more priceless in terms of personal enjoyment and fulfillment. The challenge is to pursue ones that last a lifetime.
Power weight-lifting is out after age 70 or so for most, but bird-watching is definitely in and, like gardening, can have moments of adventure, excitement and physical activity, not to mention years of satisfaction.
Two years ago, I received a letter addressed to me and a mystery man, Thomas Miller, from the Ohio Department of Taxes asking for further financial documents before issuing me a tax refund.
Then, Thomas Miller and I received a letter from Michigan with the same request. A couple days later, Hawaii sent Thomas Miller and me a check for more than $5,000 to my address in Cornwall.
MIDDLEBURY — Abby Weissman admits she wasn’t an extraordinary athlete while growing up. She didn’t win any athletic scholarships and spent most of her running races in the middle of the pack. But she did have something else going for her, a series of coaches throughout high school and college that taught her to love athletic pursuits. Thanks to the coaches she had, Weissman is still participating in sports like running and cross-country skiing.
WEYBRIDGE — A South African theatrical production of “The Revealers,” a middle-school novel by Weybridge author Doug Wilhelm, was recently nominated for a Naledi Award, South Africa’s top theatrical honor.
Puccini’s final opera, “Turandot,” is generally seen in huge productions in grand opera houses. But how will it fare in the intimate confines of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater? Local operagoers will soon find out, as the Opera Company of Middlebury opens its 12th season with “Turandot” on Friday at 8 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, and additional performances next week.
MIDDLEBURY — Steve Hare, owner of Vermont Sun Fitness in Vergennes and Middlebury, has competed in triathlons of varying lengths all over the United States and the world. But he didn’t start out wanting to be a triathlete — he wanted to be a body builder.
“I was lifting weights, trying to get big, but there were people that spent three times the time I was on these old treadmills and stationary bikes,” he recalled.
MASON, OHIO — The No. 3 Middlebury College men’s tennis team fell to top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the NCAA Division III final, played this past Wednesday in Mason, Ohio. Rounding out one of their best seasons, the Panthers failed to win a match in the finals as the powerhouse team from California won, 5-0, to secure the national championship.