July 1st, 2010
Those who spend time outdoors, even on traditional sports like hunting and fishing, spend a lot more time dealing with numbers than one might think. The sports require one to develop a certain reasoning ability with numerical values and concepts of scale.
Consider the sport of fishing. It requires, among other things, fishing line. And a successful angler needs to have a pretty good idea how strong 4-pound test line is, and what it’s like to cast with or tie knots with, and what the differences are between 4-, 8-, 12-, and 20-pound test.
This early season seems extreme at our place, on the edge, with wild swings of weather and animal surprises: Orioles and bobolinks are absent, bees elusive, bats … gone. This morning an unusually large and noisy flock of crows fills the sky. I just know they’re planning to attack the raspberry patch once they’ve cleaned out the songbird nests.
Ask Judy: Question of the Week
This week we’re picking:
- chamomile & other edible flowers
- garlic scapes
- green garlic
- greens: arugula, chard, radicchio, kale, spinach, beet greens
- herbs of all sorts
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team pounded out a 10-2 Northern Division win over the Burlington Lynx at the Middlebury College field on Tuesday to improve to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the league.
AC and Essex remained the only unbeaten teams in the Northern Division heading into Wednesday, when AC was set to host Colchester in a makeup game after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. AC will travel to Colchester on Thursday before heading to Newport on Saturday for a doubleheader with the OEC Kings.
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Four years ago, I geared up to live in a land of dairy farms, maple syrup and cold winters. I had lived in California my whole life, and I was going to Middlebury College.
I soon found out that the winters here are indeed cold — quite cold — and I've enjoyed my share of covered bridges and berry picking. But over the years, I've come across quite a lot I didn't expect from Vermont.
BRISTOL — If any tune was missing from the Bristol Band’s weekly summer concert last Wednesday night, it was “Happy Birthday to You.”
After all, this year marks the 140th consecutive summer that musicians young and old have picked up their instruments, packed into the Bristol bandstand, and serenaded the town with a weekly outdoor concert.