August 13th, 2015
A faraway Facebook acquaintance of mine recently posted that, in an unexpected but delightful gesture, a new neighbor had come to her door with a loaf of banana bread.
It struck me, as it did some of the Facebook commenters, that it would have been more appropriate if she and her family had brought banana bread to the new neighbor, and not the other way around.
She agreed but explained that she wasn’t aware that she even had new neighbors because (a) their car was similar to that of the previous owners and (b) she and her family never go outside.
I am writing to address and accept responsibility for the discrepancy reported in the July 20, 2015, Addison Independent between estimated tax rates Addison Northwest Supervisory Union reported to the public and the actual tax rates issued by the state.
All the Patricia Hannaford Career Center expenditures were required to be included in the tax rate calculation and were not. This caused the estimated tax rates we provided to the public to be understated. It was an error and I accept full responsibility for it.
BENNINGTON — Bristol’s Debra Brown continued her winning ways on the horseshoe courts when she won the Women’s title in the Vermont State Championships at the Bennington Horseshoe Club this past Sunday.
Brown tossed a perfect 4-0 record in the competition, hitting ringers on more than three out of every four throws. Brown won the Women’s World Title at the World Horseshoe Pitching Championship in Kansas last month.
The Men’s champion was Gale Greene of Shaftsbury, who was fourth at the World Championships.
On a muggy July day I found myself parked on the side of the road somewhere near Whiting waiting for the car to move. The sky was the color of old denim and the distant ridgeline of the Green Mountains was in shades of green and purple. Ahead, the pavement cut a broad, jet-black ribbon straight toward the horizon.
The car had shuddered and died. A stunning stream of expletives ensued from my girlfriend’s mouth.
“I’ve had it,” she said, her jaw set in frustration. “I quit.”
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? What if that lemonade was really, really good? Then it would actually be a real boon that life gave you the lemons in the first place.
I have long thought that Middlebury would really benefit from two things that, while being luxuries, would substantially add to the quality of life in the area. One is a way to stroll along the river. River walks are popular attractions in towns that have them, whether they be in natural, park-like settings or in more commercial and retail-oriented forms.
I did go to Field Days — twice, to work at a booth. Today, I learned that there were bears in cages for the public to view. I did not see them, or this letter would be more strongly worded, perhaps.
The person telling me this said, “They were rescued.” Is this what the Fish and Wildlife people and the Humane Society recommend?
I’ve attended four recent social gatherings in fabulous local settings, hosted by generous people interested in our plans for the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that unfolds Aug. 27 through 30. Festival producer Lloyd Komesar has joined me at each of these and, together, we’ve worked to start discussions about our planned festival.
I was drawn to Trent Campbell’s stunning composition on the front page of the Aug. 3 edition of the Addison Independent.
The copper container for the distillery is certainly a handsome piece of work. I was also drawn to the article right next to the photo. About a website to help fight drug addiction. Could that also maybe include a drinking addiction also? Interesting pair-up on the front page.