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October 17th, 2013
When you spend most of your time in Vermont, it’s easy to forget that we live on the west coast of New England. And that to the west, there is a wild kingdom with few equals on this or any other continent.
The Adirondack Park, one of America’s largest wilderness areas, was the playground of my youth — a place to hike from lake to lake, to ascend many of the traditional 46 peaks above 4,000 feet, and to ski trails to the point of getting lost and having to bivouac in subzero temperatures overnight.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School field hockey team took a 4-0 loss to visiting South Burlington on Tuesday on what was the Tigers’ Senior Day.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team carried an edge in play for most of the Otters’ Monday home game vs. Mount Anthony, but fell behind, 1-0, with 6:21 to play.
But the Otters, and senior forward Brittany Bushey, had the answer.
Bushey converted a feed from sophomore middie Maia Edmunds to tie the game a minute after an Amber Morse breakaway put MAU on top.
SOUTH DUXBURY — Cross-country runners from Mount Abraham and Vergennes union high schools participated in Saturday’s eight-team Harwood Invitational Meet, and four Eagles posted top-20 results.
On the boys’ side, Eagles Chris Carter and Connor Norland were 12th and 20th, respectively, as the Eagles were fifth out of eight scoring teams.
On the girls’ side, Genevieve Chiola and Delaynah Leavitt finished 16th and 19th, respectively, as the Eagles took fifth out of six scoring teams.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen last week tabled the town’s Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, a month after giving the green light to a home energy-efficiency loan program that was narrowly approved by town voters in March 2012.
Selectboard chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said board members were once again uncertain about the town’s responsibilities and potential liability in backing the program, which requires towns to treat loans for home energy efficiency improvements as liens on the properties.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
10/14 OV vs. Mt. Anthony .............. 2-1 (OT)
10/15 S. Burlington vs. MUHS ................ 4-0
10/15 CVU at Mt. Abe ............. Ppd. tp 10/16
10/16 OV vs. Bellows Falls ................... 2-0
10/16 CVU vs. Mt. Abe ............................ 0-0
Health exchange website holds back reforms
Last Sunday, in order to learn more about Vermont Health Connect, I explored the VHC website to get information on insurance options for a hypothetical family of two adults and two children with Vermont’s median household income of $53,000.
I have often thought — and said aloud — that a bad autumn for Vermont foliage is better than a great autumn anywhere else. Which is another way of saying that there is no such thing as bad foliage here. Even on those Octobers when we spoiled Vermonters complain that “the colors are dull this year,” our wooded hillsides are still quite beautiful.
The same might be said about fishing. Some say “a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.” I say simply that there is no such thing as a bad day of fishing.