November 26th, 2009
LINCOLN — On Oct. 15, Lila the cocker spaniel pulled her leash free from where it was tied to a tree branch near the Lueders-Dumont home in Lincoln. She vanished into the Green Mountain National Forest, dragging the leash and a broken piece of branch behind her. Despite persistent searching by her family, neighbors and friends far into the night, Lila did not return.
It took more than a month for the family — Jim Dumont, Karen Lueders and their children Jessica, Tim and Adrienne Lueders-Dumont — to find out what had happened to their beloved pet.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — While the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) continues to gather testimony on the Fenn gravel pit proposal on Route 116 (see related story), the board recently issued a conditional use permit to a less controversial pit proposal off the east side of School House Hill Road.
The property in question is owned by J.P. Carrara & Sons. Plans call for Carrara to extend its existing 20.4-acre sand and gravel pit by 8.5 acres onto an abutting parcel the company owns to the east. The balance of the land, 30.5 acres, is to be left as undisturbed woods.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) on Monday continued its evaluation of the hotly contested Fenn gravel pit off Route 116, with testimony focusing on truck traffic and dust the project could generate.
Neighbors of the proposed pit again packed the Ilsley Library conference room to dispute the development team’s contentions that trucks could safely merge and coexist with current traffic on Route 116, and that the project site — if properly maintained — would not generate enough dust and environmental impurities to pose a hardship to surrounding residents.
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.