June 9th, 2011
I suppose that one of these days I should thank my parents for convincing me to apply to Middlebury College. Like many kids who grow up in Addison County, I started to crave a change of scenery sometime around my junior year in high school. When it came time to apply to college, the last thing I wanted was for my big move to be from one side of Middlebury to the other — after all, my sister had gone all the way to the exotic lands of Connecticut for college.
While November 2012 seems a long way off, candidates who are serious about challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Peter Shumlin will need to decide soon whether to enter those races. Campaign organizing and fund-raising for one of Vermont’s top-ticket offices now takes a year or more.
This thing you are reading may look like a newspaper. But in a sense it’s actually a dinosaur.
Those of us who were brought up on print still love our dino-papers. We will probably continue reading them in varying degrees until the day we die. Indeed, it’s been said that the best hope for the newspaper industry is Americans over 50.
Which means the business in its present form has got maybe another 30 years before it’s the stuff of legend.
The Vergennes Commodores faced off against the Middlebury Tigers in a Division-II quarterfinal baseball game on Friday, June 3. The Commodores defeated the Tigers 16-4 behind 5 RBIs from Charlie Stapleford and a strong pitching performance from Devin Hayes. VUHS advanced to face Missisquoi in the semifinals.
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I have been looking forward to my next post for some time now – Since March, the inevitable aches, pains, and nuisance injuries of middle age have kept me off the trails and out of my running shoes. While I am not back to 100% (or what delusionally passes for 100% at this point in my life), I was at the point where continued rest and inactivity seemed to hurt more than help. Contemplating a relatively short, easy run I remembered learning of a much less traveled trail up Snake Mountain, ascending from the gentler east side of the mountain.
THE MIDDLEBURY OPERA Company presents Puccini’s “La Rondine.” The show opened June 3 at the Town Hall Theater, with a cast and chorus of professional and local singers under the direction of Douglas Anderson. The show also features a large orchestra under the direction of OCM’s new musical director Emmanuel Plasson. The opera will also be performed on June 8 and 10 at 8 p.m.
Independent photos/Trent Campbell
ADDISON COUNTY — For farmers across the state, the wettest spring on record is causing setbacks and difficulties. And while the past week brought some drier weather, the heavy clay soils in Addison County continue to do what they do best: hold water.
“Addison County is having one of the hardest times in the state,” said Heather Darby of the University of Vermont Extension.
Loren Wood of Woodnotch Farm in Shoreham said the window for planting corn is closing quickly.
MIDDLEBURY — The Death Race, a multi-day physical and mental challenge created five years ago by Middlebury resident Andy Weinberg, is designed to be the final word in extreme racing. Competitors are told when to show up but not given any specifics on the unique mix of grueling challenges scattered across the mountainous and forested terrain they will face.