May 21st, 2014
May 20. I stand wading in the New Haven River. There may be no such thing as a stereotypical Vermont May day. I’ve seen snow squalls as late as Memorial Day, and temperatures in the 80s before the start of turkey season. It can cloud over and rain for a week, and we can see nothing but sunshine for a whole month. Or we can see all four of the above in the span of four days.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/19 B. & Burton vs. MUHS Girls........... 13-8
5/20 MUHS Boys vs. Essex.................. 12-6
5/19 MUHS vs. N. Country........................ 8-2
5/19 OV vs. Brattleboro............................ 2-0
GETTYSBURG, Penn. — Host Gettysburg eliminated the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team from the NCAA Division III tournament on Saturday, 9-7, in a regional semifinal.
The Panthers, ranked No. 9, concluded their season at 12-6. Gettysburg improved to 18-2, but was defeated by Middlebury’s NESCAC rival Trinity in Sunday’s regional final, 16-8.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Middlebury College men’s golf team finished 19th out of 41 qualifying teams at last week’s NCAA Division III championship tournament, which was held at the Grandover Resort’s East Course in Greensboro, N.C.
The Panthers shot 294-310 for a total of 604 over the first two days of the event — May 13 and 14 — missing the top-15 cut by five strokes. The NESCAC champions had been in seventh place after day one.
A couple of weeks ago, our phone rang right after dinner. On the other end was a voice belonging to a 7-year-old boy we know.
“I was wondering if you could come to my baseball game this Friday?” he asked.
He’d recently started practicing with our town’s Little League baseball team, the Middlebury Meteors. That Friday they’d be playing their first game, against the Cornwall Cougars.
When a 7-year-old asks you to attend his first baseball game, you go to the game.
At the risk of getting too personal, I have to ask: Have you massaged your kale lately?
Normally, that’s a subject I’d bring up only with my closest friends, but I can’t resist. I just learned a few weeks ago that you could — and should — massage your kale, at least if you intend to serve it raw. And here I was, unaware that kale was prone to nervous tension.
Saturday, May 10, Jill Charbonneau and her coworkers at the Middlebury Post Office conducted their annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Each year, this effort replenishes food shelves that are depleted after the winter months. The Addison County Food Shelf, run by HOPE on Boardman Street, has seen a dramatic spike in usage during the past year, and the same has occurred at all the other food shelves in our community.
No doubt about it, Vermonters are passionate about the Green Mountain State. That’s a healthy sign of an engaged citizenry.
One project, the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, has been vigorously debated. Unfortunately, sometimes the facts can get lost.
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