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Clippings: How to be scared and wet under Weybridge

Posted on November 10, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



I didn’t know I was afraid of black spiders the size of my thumb. I had forgotten that I was afraid of the dark. I have always worried about heights, but didn’t know that tight places could make my fingers shake.

I also didn’t know I could face all these fears simultaneously less than 15 minutes from home. Weybridge, and much of Vermont, has karst geology, meaning that beneath your feet probably lie yawning fissures, underground streams and eroded passages of slick limestone.

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Addison County (Under)side: Weybridge Cave

Posted on November 7, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Christian Woodard



Note: this blog is called "Addison County Outside" or "The Great Outdoors." This week's blog entry is not truly "outside". It's not really "inside" either. Addison County Underground sounds like a nightclub, so I'm settling on "Underside."

Saturday I did something that I have never done. Caving.

“Caving?” you might say, “Don’t you mean ‘spelunking’”?

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College grad's search for work emblematic of her generation

Posted on November 7, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



MIDDLEBURY — When Megan Nesbeth graduated from Middlebury College last spring, she didn’t know exactly what the next year would hold. Now, still living in Middlebury, she’s accepted a job with the Institute for Democratic Education in America, or IDEA, a national nonprofit that aims to transform public education. The future still isn’t totally clear, but both IDEA and Nesbeth have high hopes for the initiatives.

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Middlebury hydro plan to advance

Posted on November 3, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



MIDDLEBURY — A family seeking to install a small-scale hydroelectric project at Middlebury’s Otter Creek falls has won permission to take advantage of a streamlined federal review of the plan and is looking for investors to help finance eventual construction.

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Addison County Outside: Mascoma River

Posted on October 29, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Christian Woodard



Disclaimer: This river is not in Addison County. Or Vermont, even. It’s dirty, full of industrial debris, and you have to walk across busy streets to get back to the top. Out of five stars I give it half a star, and if it didn’t have one truly fun rapid it would get even less.

Alex Toth falling down in town

(photo: Gottlieb)

Some things are only good once.

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College eyes 'food studies'

Posted on October 27, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



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MIDDLEBURY — When the official panel discussion on food and sustainable agriculture wrapped up on Oct. 14 at Middlebury College, the talking in the room was still in full swing.

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Mary Hogan kids will read to raise cash

Posted on October 27, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents have been able to count on certain fall rituals throughout the years. Those have included apple picking, raking leaves, stacking wood and an annual fund-raiser for Mary Hogan Elementary School student activities.

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The Queechee Gorge: a caustic trip to eastern Vermont

Posted on October 27, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Christian Woodard



Disclaimer: This description is for a river that is NOT Otter Creek. It's not even in Addison County, or the Champlain Basin, for that matter. It's on the other side of the mountains. However, its source is only about 15 miles from Otter Creek, and no matter how close Woodstock is to Massachusetts, it's still Vermont.  

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Fly Fishing: three tips from a novice

Posted on October 26, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Christian Woodard



 

Two weekends ago, my friend Mike took me fly-fishing on Lewis Creek in Starksboro.

 

(Starksboro, looking North)

“I’ve got an amazing 3 weight Orvis rod that I want to try out,” he said, “and I’ve been tying some new flies.” Then he rattled off a list that sounded more like indie band names than flies: Wooly Bugger, Wingless Prince, Pheasant Tail Flash Back.

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Students march against Wall St.

Posted on October 20, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



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MIDDLEBURY — Last Thursday, a crowd of 40 Middlebury College students and a few adults marched from the steps of the Davis Family Library to Hillcrest Environmental Center. They hoisted homemade signs and chanted phrases borrowed from the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City.

“Whose street?”

“Our street!” they shouted.

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