January 13th, 2011
What’s exciting in agricultural policy today is the culminating effort to put into action former Rep. Chris Bray’s, D-New Haven, “farm to plate” initiative.
If Republicans don’t think the calls to violence from Republican politicians — ranging from Sarah Palin to Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachman, R-Minnesota — have a caustic and negative effect on the nation’s political discourse, perhaps they should tune into what just happened among a handful of Republican party officials there: they resigned out of fear of their personal lives and because of how rightwing Tea Party members were treating moderate Republicans.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team stands at 7-2-1 after posting a win and a tie in two home games this past weekend. The Panthers will take on defending NCAA Division III champion Amherst twice on the road this weekend.
On Saturday, a battle between a pair of NESCAC teams ranked in the top 10 nationally, No. 6 Middlebury and No. 9 Trinity, ended in a 1-1 tie despite the Panthers’ 24-17 shots advantage.
Before this December, my mother knew very little about Shakespeare — and almost certainly not enough to teach Shakespeare.
She was forced to confront the Bard by the will of a higher power. The faculty at Centre College, in my hometown of Danville, Ky., had decided it was her turn to teach Humanities 101, a year-long whirlwind introduction to the Western literary and cultural canon.
This past Sunday my wife, Deborah, and I put on our cross-country skis for the first time of the new calendar year. Cross-country skiing is one of our favorite outdoor activities — one of the reasons we love winter in Vermont, and are often praying for snow.
But, although we did manage to get out on our skis over the Christmas break to wrap up 2010, not long after New Year’s Day along came the thaw and heavy rains, and all the lovely snow was washed way.
I’m not opposed to New Year’s resolutions. I just don’t think Jan. 1 is a good time to start anything that requires self-motivation.
In Vermont, the deepest part of winter is just beginning. People may feel obligated to make New Year’s resolutions to exercise and lose weight and get organized, but right now all anyone really wants to do is curl up on the couch and eat. Anything. With extra butter.
Even my cat gets fat in January.
MONTPELIER — Agriculture employs an estimated one in six people in Vermont. On Wednesday a statewide economic development organization released a strategic plan that looks to strengthen this critical component of Vermont’s economy.
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s “Farm to Plate Strategic Plan” — 18 months in the making — lays out a roadmap to encourage growth and new infrastructure in Vermont’s food and farm sector, create new jobs in that sector, and improve access to healthy, locally produced foods.
MIDDLEBURY — With expectations to triple production over the next several years, Green Mountain Beverage CEO Bret Williams confirmed Tuesday that the hard cider company plans later this year to move from Pond Lane into much larger headquarters — the Connor Homes building on Route 7 in Middlebury.
Connor Homes will move into the Vermont Tubbs complex in Brandon within the next several weeks.