September 30th, 2010
We talk about the weather all the time in Vermont because we get so much of it.
Today is the last day in September, our best month. We claim it as autumn, but it’s really still summer, at least the first three weeks. Now, it’s officially fall, and has been for the past week.
September is mild, mostly, but there’s a crispness in the air that suggests the austerity to come. The first frost arrives in September. We start the day in fleeces and sweaters but often shed them by midday.
It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were college freshmen.
On a Friday night in September of 1970, the four of us trooped down to Mister Up’s for a big dinner out. We were full of excitement about what our new college adventure would bring.
MIDDLEBURY — Contrary to what several statewide conservative politicians are saying, many businesses in the state think Vermont is a good place to operate, that taxes are not the biggest obstacle to growth, that reforming health care and providing for good workforce training and education should be top priorities for the state, and that health care should be publicly funded.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team bounced back from a lackluster loss at Mount Mansfield this past weekend to earn a positive result on Tuesday, a 0-0 tie with visiting Essex.
Critically, said Coach Mary Stetson, after allowing five goals to the Cougars last Friday, the Mount Abe defense buckled down on Tuesday in front of sophomore goalie Lizzie Huizenga (seven saves).
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Let’s just say I have the background to respect defense in athletics.
I played defense, one season for my high school varsity soccer team and then two years for the Middlebury College B team. My daughter started on defense for a total of five seasons for two varsity teams at Middlebury Union High School, and now she does for her college field hockey team. Championships are rarely won without good defense; I won’t say that no one recognizes that more than I, but believe I understand the value of defense as much as anyone.
MIDDLEBURY — They are basic words transposed on simple cotton T-shirts, but they are strung together in such a fashion as to form powerful messages that can’t be ignored.
“One year later, I still cringe when people touch me. I always thought I was one of the people who would never be raped, until it happened.”
“‘Home sweet home’ may not always be sunshine and lollipops.”
“End the silence, stop the violence.”
“You took so much from me, but you couldn’t take my sparkle.”
MIDDLEBURY — A Mormon student at Middlebury College can feel almost as out of place as a 20-year-old Hasidic Jew running the illicit drug ecstasy from Amsterdam to New York.
Award-winning screenwriter Antonio Macia, who graduated from Middlebury in 2000, is well acquainted with the feeling of isolation that goes hand-in-hand with both scenarios.