June 30th, 2011
On Friday evening, I sat glued to the action in the Senate chambers a hundred miles away in Albany, N.Y.
No, wait. I was actually in my living room at home, with “Arrested Development” playing on the TV, the shouts of kids running up and down the street wafting in the open window.
But if my surroundings were serene, the Twitter stream coming in over the phone in my hand was anything but.
Editor’s note: This is another in an occasional series on Vermont in the Civil War.
MIDDLEBURY — In between dodging Rebel bullets and bayonets during the bloody Civil War battles of Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and Cedar Creek, George Howe of Shoreham somehow found time to tenderly court the love of his life, Lorette Wolcott, through letters sent home.
PITTSFIELD — At 6 p.m. on Friday evenings, many of us are just leaving work and starting to look forward to a relaxing weekend.
At that time last Friday, Middlebury resident Don Devaney was just beginning the Spartan Death Race, a one-of-a-kind ultra endurance race that lasts almost two full days and combines grueling physical obstacles with challenging mental tasks.
“Why, instead of doing things the right way, do we do them in a way we know will end badly?”
When my friend Jenn called me the other day with this question, it wasn’t merely academic.
Jenn recently became a beekeeper. Over the course of just a few weeks she already had come to think of her thousands of honeybees as little buzzing friends. Watching their goings (sans pollen) and comings (fully pollen-loaded) was giving her hours of pleasure.
BRISTOL — Decorate your outhouse, fire up the grill, whip out your flag and get ready for this year’s Fourth of July celebrations.
A full slate of activities has been prepared at venues around the region, including concerts, parades and a singular competition in Bristol known as the outhouse races. Oh, and of course, there will be fireworks.
I took my son Mark to play in a baseball game in Burlington last week. Turns out the game was canceled because of rain, but we never got word until we were already at the Burlington High School field. So I found myself with a little extra time to spend in the big city. And, not wanting two hours of driving to be completely wasted, I stopped by a fly shop to buy some fly-tying supplies.
VERGENNES — About four dozen state, local and nonprofit officials on Monday morning joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Armory Lane for the groundbreaking ceremony of a long-awaited and — according to all — much needed senior housing and meeting center.
The $5.8 million, 25,000-square-foot building next to American Legion Post 14 and the Shaw’s Supermarket plaza will include a library and meeting and dining rooms. It will also host local senior lunches and provide a home for the area’s Meals on Wheels program.
VERMONT — Addison County residents whose homes or businesses have been damaged by recent severe storms and flooding should be aware that many federal and local programs are now in place to help aid the recovery process.
Whether you are an individual whose property has sustained damage that impedes your ability to get to work, or a company that has seen a downturn in business due to flood-related damages, you may be eligible for aid from the state — but you won’t know if you don’t apply.