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Gregory Dennis: Remembering the 'lost' ski areas

Posted on March 19, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



When the definitive history of Vermont is written, skiing may not be much more than a footnote.

But the New England Lost Ski Areas Project ensures it will be a lively footnote. And the project reminds us that skiing is an inextricable part of the history of Vermont and even Addison County.

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Gregory Dennis: Town office plan – cussed and discussed

Posted on March 4, 2014 | Blog Category:
By Gregory Dennis



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.”

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Greg Dennis: Remembering the granddaddy of holidays

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



There’s an old saying that you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.

To which I would add that while you can take the boy out of Christmas — you can turn him into a non-Christian, tree-hugging dirt worshipper — you can’t take the Christmas out of the boy.

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Dismantling the myth of JFK’s Camelot

Posted on November 14, 2013 | Blog Category:
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We all remember where we were when we heard the news.

I was in Miss Howard’s classroom.

It’s funny the little things you recall from 50 years ago. Miss Howard was young, pretty and friendly. But she was overweight, and everyone knew she would have a hard time finding a husband.

My classmates and I spent the time before and after school that fall playing touch football, and arguing about whether the ball carrier had actually been touched with two hands or just one.

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Gregory Dennis: The union drive by Porter nurses

Posted on October 31, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



Running a healthcare system such as Porter Medical Center is no easy job these days.

In addition to managing a budget of $69.8 million amid the continuing pressure to keep costs down, there is the looming prospect of cuts in Medicare payments and the uncertainties of a fluctuating patient population.

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Gregory Dennis: Wandering in the woods west of New England

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



When you spend most of your time in Vermont, it’s easy to forget that we live on the west coast of New England. And that to the west, there is a wild kingdom with few equals on this or any other continent.

The Adirondack Park, one of America’s largest wilderness areas, was the playground of my youth — a place to hike from lake to lake, to ascend many of the traditional 46 peaks above 4,000 feet, and to ski trails to the point of getting lost and having to bivouac in subzero temperatures overnight.

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Gregory Dennis: In 2016 Progressives shut down Vermont

Posted on October 3, 2013 |
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Greg Dennis: The tweet life, 140 characters long

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



When Twitter announced it was planning to sell stock to the public and make its founders richer than God, millions of people responded to the news by wondering, “How can a company named after bird sounds be worth $10 billion?”

Millions of other people scratched their heads and wondered, “What in the world is Twitter?”

It’s a social networking (or, if you prefer, “microblogging”) service that until recently limited users to 140-character messages. Photos are now possible, but most users stick with word updates.

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Greg Dennis: College fails to lead on divestment

Posted on September 5, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



Middlebury College has made enormous contributions to the well-being of Addison County. That’s all the more reason why its hasty decision not to divest out of fossil fuel companies “at this time” is so puzzling.

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Gregory Dennis: From the Big Lebowski to green burial

Posted on September 2, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



There’s a classic scene near the end of “The Big Lebowski” — the best bowling movie ever — where The Dude (Jeff Bridges) and Walter (John Goodman) stand on an ocean cliff. They’ve clambered out there to spread the cremated ashes of Donnie, their recently deceased friend and bowling partner.

But it’s windy out there. When Walter releases Donnie’s remains after a hilariously inappropriate soliloquy, the breeze blasts the ashes directly onto The Dude’s face — where they stick into a pasty mask.

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