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August 8th, 2013
WEYBRIDGE — Local and statewide rescue organizations went into the proverbial belly of the beast — a Weybridge cave — during a 12-hour operation to save a man who had injured himself during a fall while doing some underground climbing with a companion on Tuesday night, Aug. 6.
It was a complicated rescue from a cave off Cave Road, led by Weybridge Fire Chief Bill Sinks, who marshaled more than 50 people to help out — including members of the Vermont Cavers’ Association.
MIDDLEBURY — Every month the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) congregation invests a portion of its Sunday offerings in humanity, whether it be feeding people or helping them get access to transportation.
This month the CVUUS community has decided to invest in guns — specifically, to put unwanted firearms out of circulation so that they don’t wind up in the hands of people who might use them in an act of violence or to do themselves harm.
NEW HAVEN — While many Vermonters would tell you that the forestry and agriculture sectors of the state go hand-in-hand, it wasn’t until 1992 that the Addison County Fair & Field Days, the state’s largest agricultural fair, had a forestry section.
BRISTOL — On several recent evenings a rabble of afro-sporting, fairy-wing-toting players of ages ranging from seven to 70 have been making a scene on the Bristol town green.
The Bristol Gateway Players, the community theater troupe that launched three years ago, is back for their third summer with a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
MIDDLBURY — On Saturday afternoon in a lot adjacent to the Middlebury College Recycling Center, recent Middlebury graduate Cordelia Newbury led a group of students and townspeople into the poshly decorated central living space of a brand new, solar-powered house.
First, she pointed out the exposed steel frame that ran the length of the floor, wall and ceiling, which she called the house’s “rib cage.” On top of this rested the “skin” — reclaimed wood siding from a local, 150-year-old barn.
I grew up in Seattle during the ’90s when there were two factions on the playgrounds and ball fields: the A-Rod kids and the Junior kids.
I was an A-Rod kid.
The Burlington Free Press announced last week that it was laying off 13 employees, including five reporters, editors and photographers in the newsroom. Over the past decade, the Free Press’ weekday circulation has dropped by nearly half, from 50,000 to 26,000. Since the Free Press switched to a tabloid format and raised its subscription rates in June 2012, it has lost more than 10 percent of its weekday sales.
It’s an impossibly beautiful summer morning in Vermont — and I’m leaving the state on the last Saturday of July to go sit in a dirty church basement in Providence, R.I.
My travel takes me south through the mountain towns of Jamaica and Townshend along Route 30. There’s a farmer’s market along the way, and in another town they’re getting ready for a parade.
On the shortcut through Brattleboro I pass the old ski jump on the edge of town, near signs protesting a skateboard park.