September 4th, 2009
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Probably just about every trailrunner in Middlebury knows and enjoys the Trail Around Middlebury, or “TAM”. It circumnavigates the village of MIddlebury, going through a mix of fields and forests, doing a remarkably good job of avoiding populated areas. I am told its complete circumference is about 16 miles, making for a very long trail run, but most of us will want to break it down into smaller segments.
SALISBURY — On Tuesday morning, Pennsylvania residents Pat Murray and Jenn Dilworth marked Vermont’s historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage with a small ceremony on the dock of Dilworth’s parents’ summer home in Salisbury.
On a crisp, sunny morning, and against the backdrop of the picturesque Lake Dunmore, Dilworth, 35, and Murray, 50, exchanged vows officiated by Middlebury justice of the peace Peg Martin, joining some of the first same-sex couples in the state to tie the knot this week.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Republican Committee is recommending that Gov. James Douglas pick Bennington-based attorney David R. Fenster to succeed longtime county prosecutor John Quinn, who officially retired on Monday.
Fenster’s name rose to the top in a secret ballot vote by GOP delegates that followed extensive public interviews of the four candidates at a gathering at Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library Monday evening.
MIDDLEBURY — For veteran beekeepers at Champlain Valley Apiaries in Middlebury, late summer is the sweetest season.
It’s now, after all, that a year’s worth of hard work pays off. Beekeepers last week began extracting honey from the business’s 1,200 colonies, which dot Vermont from Whiting north to the Canadian border. In a time when honeybees are falling prey to more and more stresses — like parasitic mites, pesticides and mono-crop diets — the act of making honey is a welcome reminder that in some places, like Vermont, honeybees are hanging on.
BRANDON — A talented squad from Proctor stole the show on Monday, dominating the Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team, 5-0, in the first-ever game played on OV’s Markowski Field, the newly rebuilt playing surface behind the Route 7 school.
The Phantoms — one of a handful of serious contenders for the Division IV crown — converted on three corner kicks and a long throw-in and mustered 46 shots at goal while the Otters managed just three shots.
“There’s no place like home.”
That was the message from “The Wizard of Oz.” And what was true for Dorothy is sometimes also true of fishing. For all of the fun of traveling and exploring new fishing spots (like, for example, Alaska), there is something quite enjoyable about returning home to a favorite river — a river I know well, whose insect hatches I have fished, whose seasons and personalities I have become familiar with.
MIDDLEBURY — The lights of the Town Hall Theater shone bright on the 16 acts of the Middlebury’s Got Talent show this past Saturday and Sunday.
The performers sang, danced and strummed their way through the show, each act building the audience’s enthusiasm.
On Sunday afternoon, Tony Bates commented on his place in the show as the lone comedy act. “So you know, I’m the only act this afternoon without music. I don’t sing, I don’t play an instrument, I’m not a sexy tap dancer,” he said. “Well, I’m not a tap dancer,” he added, to a shout of laughter from the audience.