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May 13th, 2013
More than two years have passed since a Tunisian man immolated himself and launched what became known as the Arab Spring. While the changes set in motion by the various uprisings in the Arab world remain works in progress, it might still be revealing to examine the role played by U.S. involvement and foreign policy in shaping events.
Last fall, I went to a nearby wetland with a pair of clippers and cut twigs from one willow shrub after another. It wasn’t hard to tell the willows from the non-willows because willows are the only woody plants in this area whose buds are covered by a single bud scale. These cute, pointy caps are very different from the overlapping scales that protect most buds through the winter. And the few woody plants with no protective scales are easily recognizable: their naked, embryonic leaves rely on a coating of woolliness to keep them from desiccating or freezing.
VERMONT — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has released a list of upcoming fishing events around the state, most of them intended just for kids.
The department has a “Children’s Fishing Program” which provides kids with the opportunity for a fun and successful fishing experience at locally organized fishing events. Organizers of these events often are charitable, community, or nonprofit groups such as fire departments, fish and game clubs, Rotary, Lions, town recreation committees, 4-H clubs, and scouts.
Together with the Middlebury Parks & Recreation department, we have published the second of an ongoing series of activity guides, outlining all of the wonderful options for summertime activities around Addison County.
Spring home and garden projects are underway for many around Addison County. Within this special section you will find tips on those projects and ideas for how to make your home feel fresh and clean and new without breaking your budget.
In this seasonal sports section, enjoy rosters of each spring sports team as well as photos and featured stories that preview the Tigers', Commodores', Eagles', and Otters' lineup.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on Tuesday will decide whether to support a proposal put forth by the Vergennes Union High School board for a five-year, $600,000 loan to put a new roof on the school’s leaky classroom wing and auditorium.
If voters back the $600,000 loan, payments would add about $10 of annual taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value, according to an estimate offered in April by ANwSU business manager Kathy Cannon. Those who are eligible for prebates would not pay the full amount of that increase.
MIDDLEBURY — Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, was working with other state officials early this week to draft compromise language for an “End of Life Choices” bill she believes can pass muster with House and Senate members before the end of this session.