ADDISON COUNTY — The year 2009 saw Otters win the area’s only team title, Tigers migrate to Division II, Panthers cement their national emergence in a new sport, and Eagles reach their traditional aerie in Centennial Field only to be evicted. A prominent local team not named after a member of the animal kingdom also made news, as a squadron of Commodores sailed back to Barre before being sunk by Cosmos.
When it comes to moving, most folks have any number of conflicting opinions on the topic. My college roommate was methodical about the process, packing boxes for what seemed like weeks in advance of any move, all while meticulously sorting her sweaters into color-coded heaps. An old boyfriend, on the other hand, was a firm believer in the efficiency of last-minute preparations; more than once he pulled all-nighters before moving, frantically throwing his belongings, willy-nilly, into any box within reach.
MIDDLEBURY — On Dec. 16, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets suspended the dealer license of Middlebury livestock dealers Bernard and Louis Quesnel, who do business as Quesnel Livestock. The suspension comes at the end of a nearly month-long agency investigation of Quesnel Livestock for possession of improperly documented horses on their Route 7 North property.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team gave undefeated Montpelier a battle on Monday, but the visiting Solons pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 48-34 win.
The 6-0 Solons used stingy man-to-man defense and solid ball movement to lead most of the way against the 1-5 Commodores.
VUHS also played well in its halfcourt-man defense, and when junior guard Ali Provost hit three straight treys in the second quarter, the Commodores took the lead.
Federal Reserve Board Chair Ben Bernanke has been on a publicity offensive for the last several months. He wants to mobilize support for his own renomination for another term and to oppose several bills making their way through Congress that would strip the Fed of some of its powers or subject its decisions to more review on Capitol Hill. Bernanke has appeared on 60 Minutes, written op-ed columns for major newspapers, and held a town hall meeting in Kansas City that was broadcast on PBS.
GOSHEN — In August, Goshen received a $2,985 grant from the Help America Vote Act. Since the act passed in 2005, the federal government has awarded the grants to states annually. Its purpose is to make elections more accessible to voters and to allow the town to communicate more easily with other towns and the state come the next election.
In my previous column I made light of the human propensity to whine — a trait at least as common among outdoor enthusiasts as in the general population. And November and December are especially good months for complaining. For one thing, it is the season for steelhead fishing and duck hunting. Of all hunting and fishing sports, these may be the two that inflict the most suffering, and thus also engender the greatest level of stoic pride among participants.
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I have just finished putting out my rows of milk cartons with 24-hour votives lit inside them. It is the evening of Dec. 21, the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. For those of us who migrated to the North Country, winter solstice is a bit of a non-event in terms of marking the official beginning of winter.