BRANDON — The Phil Henry Trio was halfway through a concert at the Brandon Town Hall Saturday night when the building was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm.
To say it was electrifying would be an understatement.
It was over in a few seconds, but the bolt caused thousands of dollars in damage to the town hall’s stage lighting system.
In America, losing one’s sense of autonomy runs strongly against our individualistic character; it tears at the fabric of our cultural heritage. We are a nation born of small villages, proud of our services, and reluctant to let go of what became community institutions. We cling to our small town independence and bemoan the loss of autonomy when the inherent inefficiency compromises an institution’s viability.
There are some places in Vermont so special, you almost want to keep them to yourself. But it’s time to share.
Years ago, when our soon-to-be-high-school-senior was just in third grade, a classmate’s dad at Mary Hogan generously tipped us off to The Best Place to Family Camp in Vermont Ever.
So here goes — whether this draws the ire of others who guard this particular “secret” or whether it’s just a public service — here goes.
The victories of Sue Minter and Phil Scott in the primary elections last week demonstrate that in Vermont it is still possible to win elections without running negative advertisements and in spite of being outspent at the end of the campaign.
Early this summer on the Vergennes/Monkton Road I saw not one but five snowy egrets.
I saw them feeding in front of the new salamander crossing. Putting my binoculars on them I saw they were gorging themselves on salamanders. On their behalf I want to thank the environmentalist who erected the crossing.
I heard there were 81 salamanders counted at the crossing. Not bad cost effectiveness at forty-thousand dollars each.
A Successful Welcome Supplies Drive for Refugees
This week’s writer is Ellen Repstad, assistant principal at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol.