October 13th, 2009
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Dark was falling over the foggy landscape when we pulled up to Windfall Orchards in Cornwall last Friday night. In the dusky light we could see the curves of the Green Mountains in the distance, and closer to us, apples trees stretched back hundreds of feet. The apples were bright points of color against green leaves.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents seeking help to stay warm this winter have several options at their disposal, but the coordinators of those myriad programs have a common message: Apply early.
“If you apply after Dec. 1, you lose benefits,” said Richard Moffi, fuel assistance program chief for the Vermont Department of Children and Families. Moffi keeps close tabs on Vermont’s Seasonal Fuel Assistance Program, funded with federal dollars through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
MIDDLEBURY — The heartbreak and bad luck continued for the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Saturday, when undefeated defending Division I champion Champlain Valley scored with 25 seconds left in overtime to deal the Tigers a 2-1 loss.
The Tigers are just 4-6-2 despite outshooting every opponent except Champlain Valley twice. They have four one-goal losses, two in overtime, and have come out on the short end of two controversial calls that took away apparent game-winning goals.
MIDDLEBURY — Standing in the Porter Hospital courtyard on Thursday morning, Ferrisburgh resident Jeff Vigne’s voice cracked just a little, and his wife, Allison, reached out and touched his shoulder to support him.
Vigne was standing in front of about 100 Vergennes Union High School seniors, almost all of them former classmates of his daughter, Taylor, who succumbed to type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 on Oct. 16, 2005.
ADDISON COUNTY — Farmers in Addison County may be rallying behind milk price stabilization plans, but some of the dairy co-ops that collect and market their milk have been slow to the table.
Now, frustrated by what Orwell farmer Tom Audet dubbed the “sluggish” response of dairy cooperatives, many of those farmers are chastising their co-ops for failing to take strong stands on supply management programs.
A proposed railway tunnel in downtown Middlebury connecting the Main Street underpass to the Merchants Row underpass is an imaginative vision that deserves wholehearted support from town officials and community residents — and creates the opportunity to address adjacent problems that have gone unresolved for far too long.
Watching the red Sox most nights this summer, I have concluded that they really are an “Anacharsis Clootz Deputation.”
Come to think about it, all sports teams are Anacharsis Clootz Deputations, more or less.
What in the world is an Anacharsis Clootz Deputation?
That’s how Herman Melville in “Moby Dick” described the multicultural crew on the ship, the Pequod: they were “from all the isles of the sea, and all the ends of the earth.”
It basically means a motley crew, in our everyday lexicon. Mostly, I like to say it: “Anacharsis Clootz Deputation.”
ADDISON COUNTY — The host Mount Abraham boys outlasted Middlebury in an evenly contested match to highlight recent local high school soccer play.
In other action, the Otter Valley girls won in overtime, the Vergennes boys and girls each lost close games, the Mount Abe girls lost to a Division I team in overtime on the road, and the OV boys scored, but could not come up with their second victory.