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For years, I’ve spoken out against shopping on Black Friday. But this year, for the first time, I almost joined the wild, deal-grabbing crowds.
I’m not opposed to Black Friday in theory. On the contrary; I can think of no better way to kick off a joyful Christmas season than by abandoning all goodwill toward others in the shameless and maniacal pursuit of cheap material goods. I just prefer to celebrate the day after Thanksgiving the way our Founding Fathers intended it, by lying around all day eating leftovers and napping.
ADDISON COUNTY — It’s difficult to evaluate the relative impact of a hard-working scorer and a vital defender on the success of a soccer team.
In the case of the Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ squad this fall the task proved virtually impossible, other than to say that both senior striker Grayson Webb and senior sweeper Zack Ellison played key roles as Coach Mike Corey’s Eagles reached the Division II semifinals.
BRISTOL — Bristol-area school administrators are looking for people who are interested in their schools’ food systems, wish to see more local foods in public schools or think food education is important.
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union administrators are seeking input from these people and all members of the public as the ANeSU aims to restructure the food system of all six of its schools.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School officials are hoping students will get off to a running start with their classes beginning on Monday, Dec. 5, thanks to the launch of a voluntary “Zero Hour” fitness program aimed at getting participants healthier and in a better mindset for learning.
Zero Hour is the brainchild of the MUHS Coordinated School Health Team, and is based on the premise that working out can lift people’s moods, sharpen their minds, improve their self-esteem, and help them get ready to learn.
MIDDLEBURY — New England Quality Service LLC (NEQS) is seeking zoning permission to acquire a large metal shredding device for use at its Wyre Wheel location at 4079 Route 7 south.
The shredder, according to company officials, will allow NEQS to recycle metal debris — including cars and washing machines — more quickly and efficiently.
Neighbors, meanwhile, told the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) on Monday that they want to make sure the new equipment doesn’t bring more noise and traffic to the area.
VERGENNES — A Saturday visit to a Main Street apartment building ended with Vergennes police issuing three citations, all after an incident of underage drinking.
City police cited Tara Tower, 34, of Monkton for simple assault for allegedly punching the face Jason Shaffer, 21, a resident of the apartment building.
Police said the assault was related to Shaffer’s citation for allegedly furnishing alcohol to a minor. Police also ticketed a minor for underage drinking.
RIPTON — Award-winning poet Ruth Stone, whose career thrived late in life as her sharp insights into love, death and nature received ever-growing acclaim, has died. She was 96.
Stone, who for decades lived in a farmhouse in Goshen, died Saturday, Nov. 19, of natural causes at her home in Ripton, her daughter Phoebe Stone said Thursday. She was surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) board has approved a 2012 budget of $2,576,552 that reflects a 7-percent increase in expenses, but maintains a level fee for trash disposal and reduces the drop-off charges for some recyclables at the transfer station.
Theresa Kuczynski, manager of the ACSWMD, said the budget increase is based on the assumption the transfer station will handle an increasing amount of trash, demolition debris and recyclables next year.