July 15th, 2015
Not a lot of people know this, but I’m kind of an outdoors expert. I’ve learned a lot over the years, primarily through watching reality TV shows and reading about Lewis and Clark. Also, I have gone outside quite a bit, though mostly just to get the mail.
In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, let’s review a few basics:
1. Human sexuality cannot be reduced to the pursuit of pleasure.
2. Marriage cannot be reduced to a vehicle either for the acquisition of benefits, or for the enhancement of self-esteem.
The thoughtful letter by Bruce Hiland about the railway bridge project and the equally thoughtful response by Bill Finger, the town’s project manager, have made me see the dire situation the town is in. The railway bridges are failing. The rail bed is unsafe. Rebuilding and replacing them must not be delayed.
My thanks to the Addison Independent for reporting on the cannon use controversy (The firing line, July 2, 2015) here in West Ferrisburgh. A sympathetic representation overall but several points are worth mentioning I think.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Marlins on Tuesday prevailed in this year’s matchup of Addison County’s Champlain Valley Swim League teams, 272-183, over the Vergennes Champs in a meet held at the Middlebury town pool.
Six Marlins and three Champs won multiple races, including three Marlins who touched the wall first three times: Ellie Ross and Oliver Poduschnick in 12-and-under events, and Devon Kearns in U-14 races.
SALISBURY — In 1995, Karen Smyers of Lincoln, Mass., won both the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship and the World Sprint Triathlon.
At age 54 Smyers hasn’t slowed down much: On Saturday, she won the Vermont Sun Triathlon in 1:09:18, edging her 58-year-old sister, Donna Smyers of Adamant, by 17 seconds.
WEST HAVEN — Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. made it two wins in two weeks at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, when he claimed the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championship event in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Other winners on the night included Robert Bryant Jr., Jimmy Bushey and Chris LaVair.
Quenneville also won the main event at Plattsburgh’s Airborne Speedway in New York on Saturday, making it a three-for-three in his new Troyer chassis.
Editor’s note: Local sports figure Dave Sears died on Saturday at the age of 56 (see obituary on Page 6A). In February 2007, sports columnist Karl Lindholm offered this perspective on Dave’s generous, gregarious nature, and his powerful engagement in the community.
Every time I turn around I bump into Dave Sears. The man is everywhere. I think there must be three or four of him.