July 23rd, 2015
With so many terrible things happening in this world that we must address, each one seems a monumental task. I’m convinced that all these things are connected. The action we take to address all these terrible circumstances seems to be on a downward spiral, treating violence with more violence.
Why are we alone in the developed world with capital punishment, which has never proved effective in deterring crime? We are a violent culture. We are a warring nation, history proves it.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Marlins defeated St. Albans, 275-164, at the Middlebury town pool on July 16 to finish the Champlain Valley Swim League regular season with a 4-3 record, which according to team organizers is the Marlins’ first winning mark in several years.
“I am so bored. I’m bored to death!” moans my 7-year-old daughter.
We are three weeks into summer vacation. For one of those weeks, she attended a day camp at Lake Dunmore. For two and a half of those weeks, her grandparents visited from California; this visit included a trip to the Six Flags Great Escape water and amusement parks, a day at Shelburne Farms, the Ilsley Library summer reading truck touch, and a strawberry picking outing. For two weeks, she took daily swimming lessons at the Middlebury Town Pool.
Gov. Shumlin’s decision not to seek re-election next year has accelerated the timetable for Vermont’s 2016 election cycle. Prospective Democratic candidates for governor are expected to announce their intentions within the next few months, rather than wait until 2016.
At this time, the strongest potential Democratic candidates would be, in alphabetical order, Matt Dunne, Sue Minter and Shap Smith. Each of them would bring assets to the campaign, and each would also need to address weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
“The garden provides a list of ingredients, inspires the recipes, and collaborates on the menu. It’s more interactive. It’s more fun.”
—Barbara Damrosch, “The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cook Book”
Lake Champlain Algae Oatmeal
This unique breakfast dish is available every summer on the west coast of New England.
Serves: Several thousand residents of eastern New York and western Vermont.
SHELBURNE — The Mount Abraham 9- and 10-year-old Little League all-star team came up short of a district title in June and July competition, but won six games and reached the championship game for what team officials believe is the first time ever.
Although the athletes competed under the Mount Abe banner, the team also featured three players from Middlebury Area Little League towns, two from Cornwall and one from Salisbury.
Times have changed and to find people that are willing to offer someone assistance without expecting something in return is really quite rare these days. There was a time not too many decades ago, a time when I appreciated life and how people treated people like friends and were always willing to offer a hand and had no intention of asking for anything in return. It was the feeling you get when you do something nice and maybe make someone else’s day a little bit better.
MIDDLEBURY — The Quebec Senior Lacrosse League playoffs are coming on Sunday to Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center.
Because of a scheduling conflict at the Vermont Voyageurs’ home arena — the Essex Skating Facility — they will play the first game of their best-three-out-of-five, box lacrosse league semifinal series in Middlebury on Sunday at 4 p.m.