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May 21st, 2015
Ever since our two goats, Lucy and Jasper, decided that life inside a fence was just not for them, our yard has served as their all-you-can-eat buffet.
I’ve tried to pretend it’s no big deal. Every spring I tell myself maybe this year the goats will leave my flowerbeds alone. And every spring they eat everything — except the weeds, of course; goats have standards.
It’s Middlebury, Vt., vs. Bar Harbor, Maine, and it’s neck and neck.
The race is all about the sense of place and the stakes, as is usually the case in competition, is about … well, let’s just put it out there — it’s about pride and ego, and a bit of self-serving capitalism. OK, so we’re not out to save the world today. We’re not even appealing to our better selves. Rather, we’d just like to win.
Still, the satisfaction would be sweet and the stakes, while small, are suddenly worthwhile.
MIDDLEBURY — Here come the graduates!
If Middlebury seems a little more crowded than usual this weekend it may have something to do with the 214th Middlebury College Commencement, which will take place Sunday on the campus.
Every year at this time thousands of proud parents and other family and friends come to Addison County to applaud some speeches, watch the pride of the college collect their diplomas and shower the five hundred and something new graduates with their best wishes.
Without a doubt, life forces have conspired against the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen Insect Control District’s efforts to control the first hatch of mosquitos this spring. The weather created a perform storm for breeding; the Lemon Fair district’s plane was no longer in use to drop larvacide in the region’s expansive swamps; and a change in spraying practices was mandated by the state.
Consequently, it’s bad out there; as bad as it’s been for a decade — maybe longer.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Home Health and Hospice in Middlebury has hired Sherry Greifzu, RN, MSN, AOCN, as its new clinical director.
We have a jewel in the heart of downtown Middlebury, a parcel of land behind the library, which we can do whatever we wish with. It could be a river walk, condos, restaurants, playground, park, a beautiful entrance to Middlebury seen from the bridge. It could be a magnet, a focus, to bring people to the shops, museum, restaurants, library of our Main Street. New enterprises in this parcel would add to our grand list.
This week’s writer is Vignesh Ramachandran, a resident of Fremont, Calif., and a first year at Middlebury College. Ramachandran is a core organizer with Divest Middlebury and a member of the communications team of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network.
Whose Side Are You On?
The 2015 legislative session has ended. At times it felt like a rodeo, full of surprises. I serve on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee. We passed six bills out of our committee that became law. All these bills either benefit consumers or advance our state economy. My committee efforts were among the most satisfying times of the session.