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March 4th, 2014
Former Middlebury town planner Fred Dunnington sent along photos taken in the tropics with the underwater camera he got as a retirement present this past summer. With the temperature on Monday night hovering at zero, selectboard Chairman Dean George said at Middlebury’s town meeting he was glad someone was enjoying warm weather somewhere.
Dennis Cassidy asked the moderator, former Gov. Jim Douglas, if he was ready to declare he was running for governor again. Douglas dryly quipped that Cassidy was “out of order on many fronts.”
The other day, I took my four-year-old daughter on a long-overdue “Mommy Date” to spend her birthday money at Ben Franklin. (Long-overdue because her birthday was in July, which is what happens when you’re the second child of four). After our shopping trip, we stopped by Otter Creek Bakery for cookies. As I stood at the counter to order, my daughter sat at a table playing happily with the unicorn figurine she’d just bought.
MIDDLEBURY — Both the Middlebury Union High School hockey teams won key games on Wednesday to each earn top seeds in Division II.
The Tiger girls withstood a third-period rally from visiting Burr & Burton to prevail, 5-2, and improve to 16-3-1. The Bulldogs are 15-3-2 and earned the No. 2 seed in D-II, while Northfield (15-3-2) is seeded third and Stowe (10-10) is the No. 4 seed.
The challenge of writing a bi-weekly column as a mother of four young children is this: Most writing benefits from the writer leaving the house. Seeing the greater world. Having new experiences. While I do occasionally manage to leave the house, it takes 30-minutes to get out the door, and then my attention isn’t so much on the greater world as on the wriggling little people in my care.
The second weekend of January -- after a December ice storm, several snows, and freezing temperatures had covered the ground with a thick layer of solid ice -- the temperature shot up into the 40s and 50s. That mild weekend, our family traded the Brrrrr of winter for another kind of burr.
RIPTON — Middlebury Union High School Nordic athletes and local independent skiers fared well on Monday, when the Tiger team hosted its only home meet of the winter at the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton.
For the Tiger team, senior girls Kate DaPolito and Sophie Ryan posted the best results, taking 14th and 17th among the more than 10 dozen skiers in the 5-kilometer skate race.
For Otter Valley, Brenna Coombs finished 67th to lead a three-skier contingent.
[Abridged version: Stay indoors. Drink Scotch.]
Our Poet: Gary Margolis, Ph.D., is emeritus director of mental health services and associate professor of English at Middlebury College. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his book “Fire in the Orchard.” His life of other honors and accomplishments is too long to give here. Suffice it to say that we are greatly honored to have this distinguished poet with us.
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