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August 29th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Around 20 Addison and Shoreham residents packed the main courtroom at the Mahaney Courthouse in Middlebury on Monday fearing the man they believe burglarized their homes — Raymond Ritchie — would be released after his arraignment on an unrelated cultivation of marijuana charge.
BRISTOL — A long-time favorite of Boy Scouts around the county coasted into Bristol on Saturday. Members of Bristol Cub Scout Pack 543 hosted their first-ever Soapbox Derby.
Scout leader Greg Grover said the race, which was attended by 15 Cub Scouts and more than 60 of their family members, was a big hit.
“We had a great time,” Grover said. “We were talking after about making it an annual event.”
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury driver Todd Stone swept a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing doubleheader at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Aug. 23, taking two 25-lap features in the track’s headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division.
The victories were the eighth and ninth of the season for the G. Stone Motors-sponsored No. 1X Teo Pro Car as Stone’s dominant summer continued.
That’s right, I’m outtahere.
I’m already in Africa, where I will spend the next year.
Africa! How about that! — Cameroon, to be precise. Me. Africa. Imagine.
I’m just about the most provincial person I know. A trip to Burlington for me is a big deal. I have traveled much in Addison County. I am one comforted by routine and familiarity.
I teach a course at Middlebury on the literature and culture of Northern New England, which is essentially an examination of the Yankee archetype. I use myself as Exhibit A.
Not that long ago, nuclear power was the promise to the world’s looming energy crisis. Back in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s when nuclear power was spreading its wings, the continental U.S. was exhausting its known crude oil reserves at an alarming rate and we were becoming dependent on oil from the Middle East. Long gas lines at service stations in the 1973 oil crisis, amid black outs in New York City, punctuated the need for diverse power sources.
Yesterday was the second year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. Gov. Peter Shumlin toured areas of the state that were most severely damaged to mark the occasion with a simple message: The state has come a long way in recovering from one of the worst floods in Vermont’s history, but there is still more to do.
A few weeks ago, I hopped off the ACTR Tri-Town Shuttle at Mount Abraham Union High School to pay an unexpected visit to a Spanish teacher whose name I didn’t know, who may or may not have been on the premises, who perhaps had something to do with a field trip fundraising effort that I thought would — probably — make a good photo-op for an inside page of the paper.
So we got another goat.
Kind of an odd choice for a family that has found one goat to be just slightly over their ideal Goats Per Household quotient.
But you can’t have just one goat, because goats are herd animals and want to be around their own kind. Years ago we took in three goats out of pity but now we’re down to one, and that’s a problem. Sure, Lucy’s been fine on her own this summer, but with winter coming we couldn’t bear the thought of her alone in the goat barn on long, cold, dark nights, with no one to play cribbage with.