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November 7th, 2013
If you’re thinking of getting into a written squabble, Mark Twain once wrote, “never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.”
It’s a joke most aptly applied to the days of yore when newspapers, run by mavericks like William Randolph Hearst and others in the peak of Yellow Journalism (1895-8), were, let’s say, sometimes less than ethical.
Flu season is upon us yet again.
MIDDLEBURY — The No. 3 Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey trimmed No. 7 Harwood on Wednesday, 1-0, in a Division II semifinal played at Middlebury College.
The Eagles dominated the action on the artificial turf surface and outshot Harwood, 18-0. Wednesday’s loss left the Highlanders at 11-6 and ended their bid for a fourth straight D-II championship.
Wednesday brought mostly good news for local high school teams playing first-round playoff games, with two higher seeds advancing and two lower-seeded squads pulling off road upsets.
Halloween: I’m just not that into it.
Oh, I like the subversive part where kids openly demand — and receive — candy from random adults. I’m just not crazy about costumes.
It may stem partly second grade, when I missed Halloween altogether. On Oct. 30 I came down with chicken pox — all the rage in those days. I tried to convince my mother that I could still trick-or-treat since my costume would hide my condition. No dice.
Maybe we can't really help our kids....
Our beautiful, warm and sunny fall has been a boon for leaf peepers, hikers, gardeners and farmers alike. Many dairy farmers are harvesting their fourth and even some fifth cuttings of hay — a rarity in the Champlain Valley. Most farmers have been pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of the forages (hay and corn silage) they have harvested this year. Since healthy cows and good milk production begin with high-quality forage and lots of it, our dairy cows should be well served this next year.
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