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February 23rd, 2017
ESSEX — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team concluded its season by finishing sixth among 10 teams at this past Saturday’s state championship meet at Essex High School.
Host Essex won the title for the 12th straight season, scoring 144.25 points to defeat second-place Champlain Valley (139.775), with South Burlington (131.90) in third. Division I St. Johnsbury took fourth (121.20).
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School dance team finished third in both of its disciplines, Jazz and Hip-Hop, at the state championship competition, held on Saturday at Vergennes Union High School.
Mount Mansfield won both those disciplines by wide margins. Lamoille edged the Tigers by a single point for second place among nine teams in the Hip Hop competitions, while South Burlington finished second among eight teams in Jazz.
MIDDLEBURY—For centuries, people have imagined smart machines inhabiting the earth in fictional stories. As these “intelligent” machines cross over from the realm of fiction into reality, the impact of this technology on people, communities, and society at large takes on new urgency.
Those thorny issues will be the focus of a public lecture, “Intelligent Systems: Design and Ethical Challenges,” by Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar Barbara Grosz on Monday, Feb. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, room 216.
On a recent weekend, I was looking through a box of miscellaneous items when I came upon an A&P store ad for grocery and meat prices and also produce.
The ad was 35 years old. It was in a local paper dated July 4, 1982. I worked for the A&P company for 35 years. The month I retired was August the same year.
Now, people have to work two or three jobs to keep themselves afloat to make an honest living. The prices now have doubled and tripled since, and so hasn’t everything else.
CORNWALL — Locals looking for a way to break their late-winter cabin fever are invited to the sixth annual Baked Potato Bar at the Cornwall Congregational Church, set for Friday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The cost is $5 per potato, with all proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Addison County. New this year will be sweet potatoes, in addition to the usual baked spuds.
I’ve been playing a lot lately with a naked lady.
Well, she’s not completely naked. She’s wearing a G string. Also A, D and B strings, and a high and low E string, too.
When the Montreal-based guitar company Mackenzie & Marr decided several years ago to honor folk and western singer-songwriter Ian Tyson with a signature guitar line, the Ian Tyson Limited Edition quickly sold out.
VERMONT — For weeks, the signs have been there: fleet cars with Colorado plates cruising the Mountain Road in Stowe, helicopters hovering over Spruce Peak, rumors of Vail Resorts’ senior management locked in closed-door sessions with the head honchos from Stowe Mountain Resort and AIG.
I was not prepared for the overwhelming, full-body experience of grief. Before my father died in January 2016 I thought I understood grief.
My father had been a hospice patient for almost 20 months and I had prepared for his death. We had had so much warning including some “near misses.” I experienced something called “anticipatory grief.” I cried so much in my car I joked that my car was going to rust from the inside out. It lulled me into thinking I had dealt with my grief beforehand. But I discovered that’s not how it works.