July 20th, 2012
I’m standing at the kitchen sink looking out the window at what should be a pleasing garden scene: the foreground herbs in full flower dotted with bees and butterflies; the middle ground’s tall, sturdy peppers and tree-like tomatoes ripening their fruit near the eggplants and cucumbers; and the background beans scaling sky high on their teepee poles — you know, the way it usually looks out there in midsummer.
A New York Times opinion piece entitled “The ‘Busy’ Trap” by Tim Kreider has put the American work ethic under a microscope as of late.
The article has been re-blogged countless times all over the Internet and has created a conversation all surrounding the word a word we use almost every day — busy. Kreider reflects on the overwhelming numbers of people, including children, claiming to be too hard working and comments on the congratulatory reactions that we often receive for being “crazy busy.”
Updated 7/19/12 2:57 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Arson investigators have ruled that a Thursday, July 19 fire at Mister Ups Restaurant was caused by the spontaneous combustion of bark mulch that had been piled up against the base of the building.
Where to sleep? That was the question. Beneath the roof of the lean-to shelter, or under the much higher and vaster “roof” of open sky and star-filled heavens?
BRISTOL — Sean Wood, Michael Sheehan and Dave Mull skated, ollied, boardsided, heel flipped, and launched their ways to first-place finishes this past Saturday at the third annual BYOBacon Skateboarding Competition hosted by the Bristol Skatepark.
Wood was the winner of the 17-and-under street bracket; Sheehan took home first in the 17-and-under mini ramp bracket; and Mull came away victorious in both the 18-and-up street and mini ramp divisions.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a revised set of zoning regulations that reflect the newly created Historic Neighborhood and Northern Gateway districts, and also endorsed the first rewrite of the city’s subdivision laws since the 1970s.
It was in 2009, after approval of the updated city plan, that officials began revising the related zoning and subdivision regulations.
BRISTOL — After almost a decade of helping shape a proposed town plan, the Bristol Planning Commission may have considered the document for the last time on Tuesday.
At its monthly meeting, the planning commission unanimously OK’d the 42 revisions proposed by the selectboard.