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September 17th, 2009
Vermont’s and New York’s annual shared celebration of Lake Champlain takes on a heightened importance in this year of the quadricentennial of the arrival of Samuel de Champlain into Lake Champlain. The Festival of Nations hosted by the Chimney Point Historic Site in Addison, Vt., and Crown Point, N.Y., Historic Site this Friday through Sunday will feature a wide variety of events, including the 14th Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship at Chimney Point, named a Top Ten Vermont Fall Event for 2009 by the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce.
When it comes to where we live and what we consume, Vermonters never run out of declarations to color the state’s portrait: green, organic, natural, fair-trade, local.
But when Morgan Wolaver, owner and president of Otter Creek Brewing and the man behind the one of the first organic ales in the country, stepped into a bar more than a decade ago, he was surprised to see the word “organic” on a beer label. At that point, organic milk, eggs, fruit and veggies were standard, but organic beer was still an oxymoron.
There! Did that title grab your attention? I love running in September – the days are cooler, the skies are sunnier, and I am starting to reap the benefits of running through the hot, sticky days of midsummer. It is a great time to take on some longer runs, and with that in mind, I will be describing a 9+ mile run which very few people other than me know about. If you look to the east of Middlebury at the first ridge of the Green Mts. – thats where this one goes!
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I ate in the Middlebury College dining hall for four years, and the experience had its ups and downs.
Middlebury treats its students pretty well. The food is good – you’re more likely to find rice and beans or sauteed vegetables than you are to find tater tots or burgers – unless, of course, it’s Hamburger Friday.
Editor's note: Did you miss President Obama's much talked about speech to the nation's schoolchildren yesterday? Catch up on the address, which generated some controversy in the days before the address, below:
Jean Barnard’s grandfather was an oil painter. He sat in a room — one-legged after losing a bout with diabetes — and painted. His daughter Flora inherited his artistic tendencies and at the age of 17 she was employed by a designer to lurk in the corners of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Madison Square Garden, recording the latest Paris fashions. Then, with the designs freshly in her head, Flora ran back to the office to sketch the details, from the neckline to the hem, of the dresses she had just seen.
Probably just about every trailrunner in Middlebury knows and enjoys the Trail Around Middlebury, or “TAM”. It circumnavigates the village of MIddlebury, going through a mix of fields and forests, doing a remarkably good job of avoiding populated areas. I am told its complete circumference is about 16 miles, making for a very long trail run, but most of us will want to break it down into smaller segments.
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