October 29th, 2009
RIPTON — Ian Pounds had spent years writing and teaching in Ripton, a town with a verdant, pastoral, postcard-like setting.
He recently swapped all that for 140 days of teaching in one of the most dusty and dangerous settings in the world: Afghanistan. Recently returned stateside, Pounds is now telling the gripping story of his four months enlightening orphans in the war-torn city of Kabul — an adventure than seemed quite unlikely only a few years ago.
FairPoint Communications’ resort to bankruptcy court to restructure its debts raises important policy issues for state and national legislators and utility regulators. FairPoint, Vermont’s dominant provider of landline communications services, bought Verizon’s landline operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in early 2008. FairPoint, which had been a small company serving rural markets in southern states, added more than 1 million new customers in the Verizon deal, along with over $2 billion in debt.
I took off for New York earlier this month, cutting out of work a bit early on a Friday afternoon to make the trip. Almost all of my dearest college friends flocked to the city after graduation, so an outing to New York is a bit like one-stop shopping at a big-box store: Somewhere, in a city of 8 million some odd people, are a half-dozen friends waiting for me; I just have to elbow my way through never-ending aisles of strangers, knick-knacks and two-for-the-price-of-one deals to find them.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team earned its first playoff win since 2006 on Tuesday, when the No. 6 Eagles held on to defeat No. 12 Woodstock, 1-0.
The 9-5-1 Eagles will almost certainly visit defending champion Milton in a Friday quarterfinal at 3 p.m. The No. 3 Yellowjackets (10-3-1) were set to host No. 14 Stratton (3-6) on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. Milton defeated Mount Abe twice this year by 2-0 counts.
VERGENNES — The No. 7 Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team dominated visiting No. 10 Lamoille on Tuesday, winning 4-0 in the first round of the Division II playoffs.
The Commodores improved to 7-8 by defeating the 5-10 Lancers. They will almost certainly travel to face No. 2 Milton in a 3 p.m. Saturday quarterfinal. Milton (11-3) was set to host No. 11 Otter Valley (2-11-1) in a first-round game on Wednesday played after the deadline for this edition of the Independent.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Union High School football team scored twice in the second half to upset host Division I foe Mount Anthony on Friday night, 14-2, but a more critical game for the D-II Tigers will come this Friday at home vs. league foe Otter Valley.
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Will Stevens plucked heads of garlic apart, throwing each clove into the empty crate beside him. It was a Wednesday morning at Golden Russet Farm in Shoreham, and the day was just getting started.
“All you need is a little leverage,” he said, pulling off a particularly stubborn clove.
David, who was at the farm interviewing to work next season, was also separating cloves.
“Is that a life lesson or a garlic lesson?” he asked.
“A little of both, I guess,” said Will.
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I didn’t really intend to play Quidditch again. I played in the first Quidditch World Cup at Middlebury College, back when it was definitely not a "World Cup."