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April 9th, 2014
When you read history it is easy to forget that the people you are eavesdropping on didn’t, for the most part, think of themselves as actors in a historical drama. They were just people going about their daily lives, trying to make their way in the world. They didn’t know that a major technological innovation was just a few years off, or a big war, or an economic depression, or a change in social mores.
In his 1922 poem “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land.”
I first read that in college, and the line never made sense to me, until this year. It perfectly describes the April we’ve been having. (Except, of course, for the lilacs. But the “dead land” part is spot on.)
Angelo Lynn’s editorial on Monday, April 7, pointed out that Vermont Gas’ “side of the story” is that without the International Paper lateral extension, extending the pipeline to Rutland might take 10 years or more. In fact, their current side of the story is that without IP’s funding they won’t be able to reach Rutland until 2035.
Editor’s note: A toddler was struck by an SUV in front of Otter Creek Child Center in Middlebury on April 1.
There are not enough words to express how loved and supported Otter Creek Child Center is feeling. We are beyond blessed to be part of the Addison County Community. I would like to thank the following people.
Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the UD-3 school board and a retired public school elementary teacher.
Though I am a school board member, the views expressed here are my own.
I want to thank Mark Mooney Jr. and so, so many others for making the inspiring documentary film “The Green Mountain Upset” and bringing it to Middlebury.
The Addison County River Watch Collaborative (ACRWC) is a thrilling example of local people learning about, systematically monitoring, and conserving a commonly-held local resource — flowing water.