March 11th, 2011
Monday was the kind of day to make one ask why.
As in, why am I leaving the safety of the office to go to the college gym to play noontime basketball, when I’m pretty sure no one else in his or her right mind will head out in the middle of two feet of snow to do so?
And, once there with only one other guy who made the same marginally sane decision — New Haven winemaker Chris Granstrom — I had time to wonder why I play ball at all.
"Mrowwwwrrrr. Mmmrowwwrr. MMROWWWWWRRR.”
Recognize that sound? It’s sort of a cross between a baby crying, a siren going off, and the demons of hell rising up in rebellion and depriving you of a good night’s sleep.
Picture it on an endless loop, hitting a crescendo every half-hour or so, for a couple of weeks without end. It’s the sound, as we found out not long ago, of a young female cat in heat.
I know: We brought it on ourselves.
It is my birthday (as I write this on Monday) and I am snowed in. All I can think about is maple syrup. The days are palpably longer, and the swing between daytime and nighttime temperatures has become more dramatic. Even with the deep snow cover from this year’s winter, it has felt as if something could be stirring, but not today. It is a white out; everything is shut down.
ADDISON COUNTY — The blizzard that dumped as much as two feet of snow on Addison County early this week blindsided many Vermonters in the hopeful midst of an early spring reverie, leaving many locals floundering for help in a sea of white.
ADDISON COUNTY — According to data from the Burlington office of the National Weather Service, up to two feet of snow fell on Addison County in the storm earlier this week, far more than six to 10 inches forecasters had initially expected.
NWS monitors called in amounts that ranged from 21.7 inches in South Lincoln to 24 inches in both Bridport and the north end of Lincoln.
Elsewhere in the county, reporters to the NWS measured 23.8 inches in Salisbury, 23 in Salisbury, and 22 in Cornwall.
MIDDLEBURY — At the same time that state lawmakers are trying to revamp the system by which Vermonters recover from illnesses, a group of citizens is urging the Vermont Legislature to allow terminally sick people the right to forgo treatment and end their own lives.
MIDDLEBURY — Nancy Valko was tired of living in the prison that Lou Gehrig’s Disease had made of her once vibrant body.
So on a sunny April 19, 2009, the former Middlebury resident took one last wheelchair ride through her favorite park, had a piece of berry pie, bade farewell to her beloved friends and family, and went out into her backyard to draw her last breath.
NEW YORK — On March 2, Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger showed up on television screens across the nation as a guest on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”