May 5th, 2011
BRISTOL — At a meeting of the Bristol Planning Commission Tuesday evening, a large crowd of Bristol residents sought clarity from commissioners on several parts of the draft 120-page town plan update — particularly with regard to specifics on the Conservation Zone.
MIDDLEBURY — Although the Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team perennially contends for the Division I title and reached the final a year ago, the Tigers entered this year with questions to answer.
A new coach, Kelley Higgins, brought an extensive experience guiding field hockey teams, including the successful Tiger program, but a more limited background in lacrosse. And seven starters are gone from the 2010 finalists, including the entire starting defense and attack.
Well, so far, so good.
Mission accomplished. At least, this particular mission.
No, the war on terror isn’t over; and, yes, it took far too long to track down Osama bin Laden and end his very personal war against the West and particularly against all Americans. But it was vitally important to take him out and send a message to all terrorists that attacks against innocent American citizens on our soil will be met with force and those involved pursued to the end.
America’s enemy No. 1, dead.
It’s difficult to connect the lifeless body of a man in Pakistan to that blustery day 10 years ago, when the slow hum of a fall morning was punctuated by a whoosh and a shatter of glass, but there you have it. A photo slideshow plastered across the home page of The New York Timeson Monday told the story more concisely than words could: Osama bin Laden in 1988; the Twin Towers burning in 2001; people at Ground Zero in Manhattan on Sunday night, celebrating.
STARKSBORO — This past weekend’s bright blue skies gave a burst of solar energy to Starksboro’s Common Ground Center, where a collection of world-renowned environmentalists, local residents and renewable energy developers congregated on Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the nonprofit’s handicap accessible Eco-Lodge. Generating electricity from eight solar panels that track the sun and deriving hot water and heat from solar hot water heaters, the lodge also takes ecologic strides by using recycled and on-site harvested materials.
Down in the dumps because of the rainy weather? Here’s a surefire way to brighten your mood: This Saturday, go pick up some trash.
No kidding. Picking up trash, along with others in your community on Green Up Day, makes you feel good — even great. That’s because you’ll be a part of a town-wide effort to make everyday life in your town a bit better. It’s because you’ll exhibit pride in your community and others will notice you for that. It’s because it feels good to give to a greater cause.
Two weeks ago, I made the flatlander mistake of assuming that because it was mid-April in Vermont, it was spring.