November 26th, 2009
BRISTOL — Trekking up and down Main Street, a handful of Mount Abraham Union High School students set out on their own version of “Mythbusters,” eager to investigate claims of the supernatural on South Mountain, the ridge that rises south of the heart of Bristol village.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission last week wrapped up the first draft of a new zoning ordinance that planners hope will go before voters in March. The ordinance, if approved by voters, would regulate the mining of earth resources in the town, governing the hot-button issue extracting gravel, among other natural resources.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team reasserted itself this fall as the best among local sides, compiling a 9-6-1 record that included a Division II home playoff victory. Among their fine individual efforts was that of the 2009 Addison Independent Player of the Year, junior central midfielder Phil McCormick.
Coach Mike Corey’s Eagles had plenty of depth that is reflected in this edition of the Addison Independent Boys’ Soccer All-Star Team: In all, six Eagles earned recognition here.
It seems like one guaranteed topic of conversation around the Thanksgiving table is who has had the worst Thanksgiving experience. Before this year’s meal is up, tales will be told about overdone or underdone birds, friends throwing up in the bushes, travel nightmares, dogs making off with turkey legs or even whole turkeys, dropped food and smoke-filled kitchens. But to me there is no such thing as a bad Thanksgiving. If I can steal a line from Woody Allen (about a completely different topic), even my worst Thanksgiving has been right on the money.
When you take something for granted, you often lose it.
History and personal experience have shown this to be true of much, if not all, that is important. It is true not only of our possessions, but also of our relationships; health; traditions (including hunting, fishing and other outdoor traditions); clean soil, water, and air; wilderness (and more broadly the beauty and availability of those spaces where we engage in our most cherished outdoor activities); freedom (of all types); and the very food that will tastefully (and abundantly) adorn our tables this Thursday.
Could there be a Republican primary for governor in 2010, or an independent conservative candidate in next year’s general election? While most media and political attention has been devoted to the five-way primary for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, there have been some indications in recent weeks that Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie may face challenges to his candidacy from the conservative side of the political spectrum.
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It seems as though Thanksgiving rolls in sooner every year. (Seriously. December starts next week? When did that happen?)
Meredith Wilson's classical musical about traveling salesman Harold Hill and a small town in Iowa marched onto the Town Hall Theater stage last week, performing to audiences that sold out as many as three weeks before the show opened.
The musical, directed by Doug Anderson and featuring a cast of 46, was months in the making, and Addison Independent photographer Trent Campbell tagged along from auditions to opening night. His photos, as well as Anderson's commentary about the musical, are collected in our behind-the-scenes look at the making of the "The Music Man."