January 29th, 2015
VERGENNES — For Vergennes Union High School junior Emma Gardner and the other 22 members of the school’s Humanities class, Jan. 22 loomed large.
The members of the class had spent a semester researching topics of their choice for the interdisciplinary Humanities course. That morning, the time had come for each to deliver a 10-minute roundtable presentation in the school library based on the 10-page papers they had already written based on that research.
CORNWALL — Peter Oxford has a favorite photo of his grandmother, the late Nancy (Hopkins) Tier. The beaming young woman is sporting a light-colored aviator’s cap, her old-school goggles strapped snugly on her forehead as she smiles for the camera.
VERMONT — On Saturday, Jan. 18, well before dawn, with the temperature hovering around zero, a group of 50 hikers boarded a bus at the Blueberry Hill Inn and Ski Center in Goshen and drove north. At around 5 a.m., their ride dropped them at the Smugglers’ Notch Road in Stowe, a short distance from the southbound trailhead of the Long Trail.
They then started walking south in groups of 10.
ORWELL — Vermont State Police are asking for the public’s help in finding two men who attempted to steal goods from an orchard in Orwell on Wednesday afternoon.
At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, troopers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the Ochs apple orchard on Sanford Road in Orwell. Workers said they encountered two males that had started to pile up goods both outside and inside of the apple warehouse. The two males took off on foot once the workers confronted them and ordered them to stop.
It really bothered me a few years ago when the Supreme Court declared that corporations are people. It just seemed like Chief Justice John Roberts and the Republican majority on the court (and make no mistake, these five men carry the water for the GOP that put them in power) simply were twisting the rules again to favor their team. How did I know that corporate personhood would favor the Republicans? Because the Republican majority on the Supreme Court backed it, therefore it must be pro-GOP. How’s that for circular liberal logic?
In this age of technology, it’s less important to enjoy beautiful moments for what they are than it is to capture them digitally and share them online within seconds.
While that sounds sensible and doesn’t at all signal the imminent downfall of civilization as we know it, sometimes I get so distracted by existing that I forget to treat my life like an ongoing photo op. Mostly I just post cute pictures of our dog to Facebook.
But I’m getting better.
New legislative session, new legislator, it is going to be a stimulating four months.
The governor set the stage from the beginning of the session with two important speeches. In his inaugural address, the governor focused on two areas — clean water, specifically Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River basins, and renewable energy. In his budget address, Gov. Shumlin spent most of his time on health care, education/property taxes, the Vermont economy and the numbers associated with these subjects.
The “Lazarus” building is no more. It was never a handsome bit of architecture worth preserving, but Stan Lazarus, the remarkable man who built it after a disastrous fire in the ’60s, IS worth remembering.