July 14th, 2011
Editor’s note: Guest writer Abi Sessions of Cornwall has co-raised three strapping children on the products of her vegetable garden and has taught in local schools for 37 years.
The 33rd annual Middlebury Festival on-the-Green kicked off Sunday, July 10, with beautiful summer weather. With a wide variety of acts, from African music to magic shows, the festival wraps up Saturday, July 16, with its annual street dance.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s 14 regional hospitals are performing well and aren’t at risk of being shuttered or consolidated as a byproduct of Vermont’s new health care reform law, according to the state official who is reviewing hospital operations and their proposed spending plans.
WILLISTON — The Vergennes Champs visited Champlain Valley Swim League rival Edge Swim Club on Tuesday and came from behind to defeat the hosts 249-223 in a nail-biter.
Here’s the disconnect on the issue of the hour: Fewer than one in four Americans think that raising the debt ceiling is necessary to avoid a national economic crisis, according to a recent Gallop poll.
Only 10 years ago, I was a self-described whiner when it came to my rooting interests on the professional sports scene. Having spent most of my life in New England, I rooted for the New England-area sports teams. That meant the Massachusetts-based Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots.
Entering this millennium, rooting for those aforementioned teams (with the possible exception of the Celtics) meant wearing a big loser “L” on my forehead at any gathering of sports enthusiasts.
MIDDLEBURY — As children, three members of the band Chamberlin enjoyed playing on Middlebury’s gazebo during the town’s annual Festival on-the-Green, often entirely unaware of the music being played. This year, they came back to play again — this time on the stage.
Life sometimes requires making adjustments.
So does fishing. Some of the adjustments are small. Some less small. But large or small, a failure to adjust can result, well, in failure.
Yesterday morning, the second to last day of family vacation in Maine, I headed out to spend a couple hours fishing a nearby stream. It is a stream I know well, and have fished dozens of times over the past 35 years.