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By JOHN FLOWERS
EAST MIDDLEBURY — When Irene Piper was a child, you knew there was a crisis in the community when someone rang the bell in the East Middlebury United Methodist Church (UMC). Citizens would converge on the 1849 worship hall, discuss the problem at hand, and work together to solve it.
“The church was the center of the community,” said Piper, now 68.
By MATT DICKERSON
In ancient Greek, the words “muthos” (a forerunner of the modern English word “myth”) and “logos” (related to our word “logic”) were almost interchangeable; both meant something like “an account of the truth.” Over time, “muthos” came to mean an account of truth through story. Then Plato started using the word “muthos” to mean something fictional, or untrue. Oddly enough, however, even Plato used myths to communicate his most important philosophical truths.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
BRISTOL — Even intermittent rain showers and cloudy skies this year couldn’t dampen what in Bristol marks the jovial kick-off of Independence Day: the annual running of the outhouses.
In the 31st annual Great Outhouse Race — which this year included head-over-heel tumbles, outhouse crashes and a disputed photo finish — the team from Snap’s Restaurant walked away with the championship title, though eyewitnesses disputed the neck-and-neck finish between Snap’s and a team from No. 15 School House Maple.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport farmer Jon Rutter was getting by — but just barely -— as a conventional dairy farmer.
“Economically, we were just treading water, if not drowning, under the conventional market,” Rutter said, looking back.
That’s when Rutter became a convert — that is to say, when he made the choice to go organic. That was back in 2001. Now, Rutter milks around 270 cows on his Bridport spread.