The editorial in the Dec. 31 edition of the Independent, “Bristol’s rocky road with VG,” makes an important point about “the growing recognition of the environmental harm caused by the fracking process to extract natural gas and its diminished value as a fuel with a lower carbon footprint.”
For purposes of future conversations about natural gas pipelines in the state of Vermont, it should be noted that the propane (a natural gas liquid) produced and marketed in the U.S. comes from the same fracked wells as methane (natural gas).
Call me a contrarian. Or even a Pollyanna. But when everyone around me is filled with gloom and despair, seeing dire portents in every political headline, I try to find trends that encourage me.
And I’m finding them. It could be that my hopes outrun the realities. But I’m guardedly optimistic that’s not the case.
If there’s a single theme that ties them together, it seems to me that many people are beginning to view government with greater realism as to what it can do about improving the quality of life of our people.
Don’t get me wrong — there are still plenty of Americans who believe that...
The Town Hall Theater’s Education team, namely Courageous Stage’s Lindsay Pontius, Craig Maravich and their wonderful team of artists and educators did an incredible and moving job with about 90 local fifth and sixth graders from four different elementary schools as the kids performed “Henry IV, Part I” last Thursday evening. Congratulations to all involved! I’ve really never seen anything like “Shakespeare: It’s Elementary.”
The kids were so passionate and earnest in their work — acting, singing, and supporting each other. I saw several instances of kids looking out for each other and being...
I read with interest the letter from Ian Ross recently printed in the Dec. 3 issue of your paper.
There is little to disagree within Ian’s letter. I too have lived in Middlebury all my life and have watched our country change over the years. We no longer live in an insular society. But I have a perspective that can also be of value.
I spent 40 years as an educator in Vermont high schools. I have hunted for 58 years and mostly in Cornwall. I have also been a hunting safety instructor for many years for the State of Vermont, and since Columbine, I have taken seriously the issue of school safety...
I was glad to read in the Dec. 3, 2018, issue of the Addison Independent about the testing being done to grow saffron amongst solar arrays. Many times I’ve seen people write or talk about solar arrays removing land from agricultural production. While that may be true for dairy and beef cows or for hay and corn, and while those large scale agricultural endeavors are important to our local economy, they are not the only kinds of agriculture.
Commercial or residential developments strip away topsoil for buildings, driveways, and parking lots. Those kinds of development more or less permanently...
I want to extend many thanks to Andy Johnson for leaving money to the towns of Bristol and New Haven in his will. The two towns own two different sections of Plank Road from Burpee Road to North Street in New Haven, and the two towns could come together and pave each section with this donated money. By doing this, it would make Plank Road a paved road from Bristol to Vergennes and in honor of this, renaming it Andy Plank Road. This would be a great memory of Andy Johnson and the money he willed to the towns.
Middlebury’s museums are an overlooked, but very enjoyable, pastime. The art museum at Middlebury College offers some stunning and educational exhibits throughout the year; the Jackson Gallery on the lower floor of the Town Hall Theater prominently features area artists and is open for guests throughout the week — not just when attending a show upstairs; and you can spend the better part of an hour (or a day) at the excellent exhibits of the Vermont Folklife Center (next to Two Brothers Tavern), which currently features an exhibit on NOFA’s Vermont Farm Kids and another on Growing Food,...
It was Damber who told the story. “Although my mother has chronic migraine headaches, she loves to work and wants to help. My father works the night shift so that he can help in the store during the day. My youngest sister, who is in Essex Middle School, also helps out.”
“In 1992 we fled to Nepal from Bhutan, where the political situation was worsening. We lived in a refugee camp in eastern Nepal for 17 years without electricity, running water, not enough for food and shelter. Basic needs were provided by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Red Cross, the United Nations, and...
On behalf of Dinners with Love, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Vergennes Lions Club for donating Thanksgiving meals to some of the families in our Addison County program who needed a little extra love this time of year.
Each week, Dinners with Love provides meals, donated by local restaurants, to hospice patients and their families. These meals offer comfort, relief, and even joy during a stressful and uncertain time. But we are typically unable to offer meals on holidays when most of our restaurant partners are understandably closed. The Lions Club donation meant that...
Winter is a terrible time of year. It’s cold. It’s dark. You have to spend a half hour putting on heavy clothing just to walk to the mailbox. We all have chronic seasonal depressive disorder. And many of us flee to Florida to escape.
I do not. I would not. For me, winter is a difficult season, but it is also the season of magic. The first snowfall. The suddenness of darkness after the clocks change. The whiteness of the winter snow in the moonlight. The terrifying lostness when suddenly you find yourself in a snowstorm, surrounded by whiteness with no idea where to go — and then you find your...