July 9th, 2015
We Vermonters are so lucky. Just three hours’ drive from Middlebury we can experience the world-renowned Montreal Botanical Gardens, a vast parkland in the heart of a major city.
From the three Cultural Gardens to numerous specialty display gardens, plus a hundred-acre arboretum (home to almost every species of tree capable of growing in Montreal’s climate), this 190-acre complex offers delightful and varied experiences for everyone. Here are some of my favorites:
After the jubilation of June 26, most of the country seems to have accepted the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling as a matter of course. Lee Kahrs’ reflection is an important reminder of how long this resolution has been awaited and how transforming it is, even for a gay Vermonter who has been in a civil union and happily married for several years.
There it is, pictured right on the editorial page of the Addy Indy June 29 issue: a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, replete with air intakes all over the hood, being “tested” at the recent Mopar Magic event at Foster Motors. The ultimate in muscle cars. Sexy. Alluring to young men and not so young men. Why, it’s 1970 all over again.
MONTPELIER — Waltham, Ferrisburgh, Bridport and Cornwall are among the Vermont towns that will benefit from recent Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) grants totaling $5,215,623. The monies will be used to to develop and rehabilitate 216 affordable homes, to protect 377 acres of agricultural land on three farms, to conserve 340 acres of forest land in the towns of Pownal, Shrewsbury and Mendon, and to provide permanent public access to a swimming hole in Johnson.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Language Schools will celebrate a century of immersive language and culture study this year with festive and academic events from July 15–19. The renowned summer programs take place on the Middlebury campus and at Mills College in California. Celebrations will be held on both campuses. All events are free and open to the public.
VERGENNES — A 21-year-old Northlands Job Corps student on July 2 pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct, stemming from two recent incidents in which he allegedly grabbed and inappropriately touched two fellow students on the Job Corps campus on June 26 and on July 1.
What’s encouraging about Vermont’s Lakeshore Protection Act, which was passed a year ago and became law last July, is that the state bureaucracy has implemented rules that are working to accommodate landowners’ desires while also mitigating further harm to water quality. (See story in today's edition.)