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August 13th, 2015
BENNINGTON — Bristol’s Debra Brown continued her winning ways on the horseshoe courts when she won the Women’s title in the Vermont State Championships at the Bennington Horseshoe Club this past Sunday.
Brown tossed a perfect 4-0 record in the competition, hitting ringers on more than three out of every four throws. Brown won the Women’s World Title at the World Horseshoe Pitching Championship in Kansas last month.
The Men’s champion was Gale Greene of Shaftsbury, who was fourth at the World Championships.
On a muggy July day I found myself parked on the side of the road somewhere near Whiting waiting for the car to move. The sky was the color of old denim and the distant ridgeline of the Green Mountains was in shades of green and purple. Ahead, the pavement cut a broad, jet-black ribbon straight toward the horizon.
The car had shuddered and died. A stunning stream of expletives ensued from my girlfriend’s mouth.
“I’ve had it,” she said, her jaw set in frustration. “I quit.”
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? What if that lemonade was really, really good? Then it would actually be a real boon that life gave you the lemons in the first place.
I have long thought that Middlebury would really benefit from two things that, while being luxuries, would substantially add to the quality of life in the area. One is a way to stroll along the river. River walks are popular attractions in towns that have them, whether they be in natural, park-like settings or in more commercial and retail-oriented forms.
I did go to Field Days — twice, to work at a booth. Today, I learned that there were bears in cages for the public to view. I did not see them, or this letter would be more strongly worded, perhaps.
The person telling me this said, “They were rescued.” Is this what the Fish and Wildlife people and the Humane Society recommend?
I’ve attended four recent social gatherings in fabulous local settings, hosted by generous people interested in our plans for the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that unfolds Aug. 27 through 30. Festival producer Lloyd Komesar has joined me at each of these and, together, we’ve worked to start discussions about our planned festival.
I was drawn to Trent Campbell’s stunning composition on the front page of the Aug. 3 edition of the Addison Independent.
The copper container for the distillery is certainly a handsome piece of work. I was also drawn to the article right next to the photo. About a website to help fight drug addiction. Could that also maybe include a drinking addiction also? Interesting pair-up on the front page.
Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States — plus Germany) have now agreed on a document that severely limits Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon. In return for that limitation and the ability of the Western signatories to inspect existing Iranian nuclear facilities as well as suspected military/nuclear facilities, the Iranians will see the end of most of the sanctions that have plagued them since 1979.
I had forgotten just how much fun it is to go to a professional baseball game in Burlington. I used to go all the time, but age, obligation, and habit combined to change my summer routines. I became less keen to drive up Route 7 to Centennial Field (and back!) night after night.
The first few years the Expos were here (they arrived in 1994), we had season tickets and came to as many games as we could, giving away our tickets to Middlebury friends when we were otherwise obliged.