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July 9th, 2015
A couple of weeks ago I traded in my 2003 Honda Pilot for a 2012 Honda CRV. The Pilot had served me well but it had 210,000 miles on it, rusted fenders, a broken air conditioner, a busted rear windshield wiper, one door that could only be locked or unlocked manually, and some electronic safety system harness doohickey under the driver’s seat that went haywire and prevented the car from passing inspection. So about six months ago I decided it was time and I got all excited about looking for a new car.
“What’s Your Watermark?” a film dedicated to the positive ways in which all Vermonters by observing simple responsible practices can protect and preserve the purity of the Vermont’s precious water for present and future generations, was broadcast on PBS recently. As a longtime Vermont resident, sailor and year-round lakeside home owner, I was thrilled to observe how we can better protect our most precious resource.
We Vermonters are so lucky. Just three hours’ drive from Middlebury we can experience the world-renowned Montreal Botanical Gardens, a vast parkland in the heart of a major city.
From the three Cultural Gardens to numerous specialty display gardens, plus a hundred-acre arboretum (home to almost every species of tree capable of growing in Montreal’s climate), this 190-acre complex offers delightful and varied experiences for everyone. Here are some of my favorites:
After the jubilation of June 26, most of the country seems to have accepted the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling as a matter of course. Lee Kahrs’ reflection is an important reminder of how long this resolution has been awaited and how transforming it is, even for a gay Vermonter who has been in a civil union and happily married for several years.
There it is, pictured right on the editorial page of the Addy Indy June 29 issue: a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, replete with air intakes all over the hood, being “tested” at the recent Mopar Magic event at Foster Motors. The ultimate in muscle cars. Sexy. Alluring to young men and not so young men. Why, it’s 1970 all over again.
MONTPELIER — Waltham, Ferrisburgh, Bridport and Cornwall are among the Vermont towns that will benefit from recent Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) grants totaling $5,215,623. The monies will be used to to develop and rehabilitate 216 affordable homes, to protect 377 acres of agricultural land on three farms, to conserve 340 acres of forest land in the towns of Pownal, Shrewsbury and Mendon, and to provide permanent public access to a swimming hole in Johnson.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Language Schools will celebrate a century of immersive language and culture study this year with festive and academic events from July 15–19. The renowned summer programs take place on the Middlebury campus and at Mills College in California. Celebrations will be held on both campuses. All events are free and open to the public.