January 17th, 2013
BURLINGTON — Members of the Vergennes Union High School indoor track team won three events on Saturday at the University of Vermont while placing in seven others.
The strong showing allowed the Commodore boys’ team to finish fifth out of 18 teams competing, while the Commodore girls took 10th out of 22 squads.
BRISTOL — See Vermont’s finest standup comedians perform at Bristol’s first-ever Standup Comedy Revue.
The public is invited to Holley Hall on Friday, Jan. 25, for a fun event that will benefit the Bristol Recreation Department.
The show will feature Addison County’s own Tony Bates of Leicester, plus more great acts by Nathan Hartswick, Natalie Miller, Josh Starr and Kevin Byer. The show will include some mature themes, and is for guests 16 years and older.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/15 MUHS vs. Milton ......................... 61-32
1/15 Midd. vs. Castleton ...................... 54-38
1/15 Colby-Sawyer vs. Midd. .............. 71-62
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
This week’s writer is Haviland Smith, a retired CIA station chief who served in eastern and western Europe, the Middle East and as chief of the counterterrorism staff. He lives in Williston.
Egypt on cusp of change
I’m not trying to scare business away from my good friends at Vermont Field Sports, who tell me they always see sales spike when gun control hits the news, but it’s safe to say the state’s law-abiding hunters can breathe easy. No one is coming for their rifles, or is going to pass a law that says they can’t buy newer, better ones.
That’s not really the point of the current discussion on guns — and, make no mistake about it, it’s time to talk.
There’s a new, irritating speech fad going around. And I just found out I’m a habitual offender.
I’m talking about a real thing: “vocal fry,” also known as “creaky voice” and “glottal scrape” (oh, those kooky linguists). This particular affectation is more subtle but less jaunty than, say, talking like a pirate. It’s a legitimate speech pattern that you probably would never have noticed or been bothered by if I weren’t bringing it to your attention. Sorry.
My wife and I love the way that certain animals play. She is especially fond of ravens, and delights to read accounts or watch videos of their frolicking. They have been known to sled on their bellies and wings down snowy hills, or repeatedly fly over big chimneys in the winter and tumble head-over-wing in the updraft. They seem also to like playing tricks on people, even when the trick has no practical advantage to them.
This week’s writer is Leonard Bull, a retired professor and chair of Animal Sciences at UVM, and then head of Animal Science at North Carolina State University where he was also a university administrator. He is currently chair of the Vermont Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board, and lives in New Haven.