Archive - Staff Blog
August 12th, 2011
In my last column, I wondered aloud why the two leagues in Major League Baseball — the American League and National League — have a different number of teams (the AL has 14, and the NL 16). Baseball, I concluded, is a game of details, and if two leagues are competing for the same prize, they ought to be competing under the same conditions. That means, quite simply (to borrow from my science vocabulary): where possible, hold everything equal.
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August 9th, 2011
Senior reporter John Flowers makes a weekly Tuesday radio appearance on Morning News Service, a program on Waterbury-based WDEV, 96.1 FM. He wraps up recent Addison County news for listeners across Vermont.
Sometimes you just need to get to where you're going. But why do it on a bike? It's fun; convenient in the spring, summer and fall; and if you're headed to Bristol from Middlebury or visa-versa, it only adds about 20 minutes to your trip. Both my colleague Brian King and I regularly ride this route. He rides from Bristol to Middlebury and back everyday, and I frequently ride to Bristol for an interview, meeting or my favorite beer around — the Bobcat's Chewy.
Each of the four major professional sports in America — basketball, hockey, football and baseball — uses the same basic format to divide up their leagues: two separate conferences, each divided into divisions based primarily on location.
Few Addison County views are more breathtaking than the golden sun dipping down the backs of the Adirondacks at sunset, veiling the rolling farmland and surface of Lake Champlain in a golden cloak of luminescence.
One of my favorite times to head out on a north-south bike loop is during this period. Not only is the air a bit cooler, but you find yourself in the center of numerous sunset vistas as you breeze on by.
This week’s Weekly Rider features a Middlebury to Vergennes loop called sunset loop.
Length: 25.2 miles
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July 22nd, 2011
People from across the country consider Addison County a bike Mecca. It’s home to steep climbs, 30-mile rollers and spectacular views. It also presents an extremely varied set of riding options to a wide range of cyclists, from those hammer heads looking to climb multiple mountain gaps to those bikers who haven’t been out in years. One of my favorite shorter rides in the area is what I call the Triangle de Midd, Cornwall, Weybridge.
Length: 10.3 miles
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