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March 14th, 2013
Did you notice anything different about last weekend? If you’re like me you stepped outside, detected a change in the air, surveyed the layer of grime on the colorless landscape and thought, “Ah, it’s springtime in Vermont.”
Isn’t it beautiful?
I’m not saying the daffodils are up or that a reasonable person would take off their snow tires just yet. But for me the weekend marked an unmistakable turning point in the seasons.
Some dogs can allegedly be trained to bring their owners’ slippers to them.
But we’ve got one that carries mine out to the back yard and drops them into mud or snowdrifts, depending on meteorological conditions.
I don’t take it personally, however. On Monday, she picked up one of my daughter’s friend’s shoes and carried it through our two dog doors into the slop.
BARRE — Sparked in Monday’s Division II girls’ basketball semifinal by mid-game tactical and lineup changes and junior Ashlie Fay’s third-quarter scoring surge, No. 1 Mount Abraham Union High School knocked off No. 4 Hartford, 56-48, in the Barre Auditorium.
In defeating the 19-4 Hurricanes, the Eagles:
• Improved to 22-1 with their 13th straight victory.
• Reached the final for the third straight season; this year’s foe on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. in the Aud will be No. 3 BFA-Fairfax (21-2).
MIDDLEBURY — Sisters Hannah Zeno and Andrea Hubbell have for years worked at making other people look and feel better.
Now they are able to work together at that task — at their new business, the Studio 7 Beauty Lounge located in downtown Middlebury.
At Middlebury’s Town Meeting, the one surprise came in the spur-of-the-moment discussion over the economic viability of the town’s newly hired business development director. In what started out as an introduction of the new director, Jamie Goucher, the conversation quickly turned to how the director’s performance would be measured and how committed the stakeholders were to funding the position over the first five years and thereafter. The concern was that taxpayers would be funding the position after the year 2017.
MIDDLEBURY — Four Middlebury College skiers earned All-American honors — one did so twice — when the Panther ski team hosted the 2013 NCAA Championships at the Snow Bowl in Hancock and Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton from Wednesday through Saturday last week. See a slideshow here.
The stone hearth around our woodstove was built by a talented jack-of-all-trades named Gary Barnett. These days, the area immediately in front of the stove is covered with bits of orange rind. Whenever we eat an organic orange, I break the peel into small pieces, and place them on the hearth to dry. Why? Because they are a frequent ingredient in the herbal teas that we serve after class in the yoga studio. After the rind has dried I add it to the large jar; each time I open it an intoxicating citrusy fragrance is released.