ADDISON COUNTY — In recent local high school hoop action, the Vergennes boys won big twice to remain unbeaten at 6-0, the Mount Abraham girls cruised past visiting Middlebury, and the VUHS girls and Mount Abe boys came up short on the road.
VUHS TAKES TWO
Before every season, Middlebury Union High School Activities Director Sean Farrell asks all boys and girls aspiring to be on teams that season and their parents and coaches to attend an organizational meeting at the high school.
We meet first as a group in the gym and then in individual team meetings. Coaches introduce themselves and their athletic philosophy and address relevant practical concerns.
I have two children at MUHS who enjoy sports so I have attended 11 of these meetings so far, and likely have five more coming up.
Practicing Yoga While Grieving a Tragedy
On the Saturday after the Sandy Hook shootings, I taught two silent yoga classes. I demonstrated the posture, the students watched me and then held the pose until they heard me ring a bell. At the sound of the bell, they watched me demonstrate the next pose. I looked around the room at these dedicated yoga students, each processing their grief in different ways. We were practicing yoga, breathing together, some of us crying.
Hush Dad, it’s Christmas… Let’s not talk business,” I whispered. It was Tuesday afternoon and wrapping paper was flying as 16 members of our extended clan tore through a pile of presents that seemed to take up most of our 850-square-foot cabin high in the Green Mountains.
There are few things as boring as a dinner party where the dominant subject of discussion is what movies we’ve all seen. We’re all just casual moviegoers offering up pablum about how great Meryl Streep is and wasn’t the scenery pretty.
But a dinner gathering where the discussion turns to books? That’s my kind of party.
A conversation like that forces us to actually use our brains. To offer an informed view of why the novel we just finished was so remarkable, or what was lacking in the memoir that preceded it.
VERGENNES — A potential sale of Kennedy Brothers in Vergennes has fallen through, but the principals in the deal still hope for a lease arrangement that would establish a grocery store on the North Main Street landmark’s ground floor.
Vergennes resident Neil Swenor, a former longtime worker at Greg’s Meat Market in Middlebury, had hoped to buy the Kennedy Brothers property, which includes 4 acres and an almost 42,000-square-foot building.
It all happened one Thanksgiving weekend back in the 1980s after Richard Wood watched Miracle on 34th Street (as is his family’s Thanksgiving tradition). The South Burlington native latched on to what Alfred said in the movie: “Of all the ‘isms’ the worst of them is commercialism!”
On a lark, with the intention of taking on the “black” in Black Friday, Wood put on a Santa hat and headed out to the local shopping centers.
MIDDLEBURY — The question “What was General Lee thinking at Gettysburg?” has puzzled historians for decades. For Middlebury College geography professor Anne Kelly Knowles, the question came to her almost at the same time as a way to uncover the answer.
A pioneer in historical geography, Knowles uses geographic information systems (GIS) technology to shed light on historical questions and situations. The technology can process and analyze massive databases, so long as the data is attached to a physical location.