July 8th, 2010
My friend Ana loves her iPhone. Or maybe she hates it.
“I can’t decide if it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” she says, “or the worst.”
Twenty-five years after the general availability of fax machines (remember them?), and 15 years after most of us first heard of the Internet, we live in a society dominated by digital technology. And no digital technology is as common as the cell phone.
Except now they’re not just cell phones, or mobile phones. They’re called “smart phones.”
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This past weekend, I arrived at Lake George to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with my extended family. As with any special occasion in my family, celebration was synonymous with feasting, the kitchen full of tasty and seasonal abundance.
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The Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, the region which encompasses many of the runs on this blog, is one of the wonderfully underutilized outdoor resources in the northeast. This region, roughly delineated by Rt. 125 (the Middlebury Gap road) to the north, the main ridge of the Green Mountains to the east, Goshen and Brandon to the south, and Lake Dunmore to the west, provides a treasure trove of places to explore right at our doorstep in Addison County.
VERGENNES — Vergennes resident Thelma “Kitty” Oxholm is no stranger to winning elections. She earned four terms on the Vergennes city council in the 1990s, and then two terms as city mayor between 2000 and 2004.
In 2006, Oxholm, a longtime special educator at Vergennes Union High School who then spent a decade coordinating special education services for Addison Northwest Supervisory Union before retiring last year, won one of two Addison-3 district seats in the Vermont House of Representatives, running as a Republican.
ADDISON COUNTY — Advocates for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Addison County are anecdotally reporting that the number and severity of reported assaults is on the rise, and groups that support these vulnerable Vermonters say the economic recession is making life more difficult for battered women.
VERGENNES — Tick, tock: “It’s about time” that arts lovers and community-minded local residents chipped in for a good cause.
That’s the thinking (and the theme) behind a silent auction the Vergennes Lions Club is organizing to raise money for its community service efforts. This week’s auction will peddle the wares of 23 local artists, each tasked with creating at least one clock to donate for the charity auction.
MIDDLEBURY — How much can you learn in less than 18 minutes?
When the popular lecture series TEDx comes to town on Oct. 2, the Middlebury College community will answer that question.
At the conference, about a dozen speakers will address the theme “How we started from idea to impact.” In keeping with the spirit of the world famous Technology, Entertainment Design (TED) conferences, which the TEDx series grew out of, the speakers will limit their talks to 18 minutes or shorter.
MIDDLEBURY — During the 1990s, Vermont saw an influx of refugees resettled from countries on the Balkan region of southeastern Europe — specifically Bosnia, Serbia and Albania. Those refugees, many of whom are now firmly established in the state, continue to observe traditions and memories from their home countries.
The Vermont Folklife Center hopes to share its collection of traditions and stories of Vermonters from the Balkans with a new website, funded by a $5,000 grant that it recently received from the Vermont Humanities Council.