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September 22nd, 2011
As an editor, I’ve had the responsibility from time to time to teach a cub reporter how to write a column. It comes so naturally to me that at first I hardly know what to tell them.
“You, er, have to have an idea … um, or not ...
“Just start typing, but remember, any old gibberish won’t do — it’s got to be the right gibberish.
“Pour your soul into it, and keep it light and chatty.”
VERGENNES — Nobody likes to think about the worst-case scenario, but at a forum at the Vergennes American Legion last week Julie Smith urged the 10 or so farmers in attendance to do just that.
Smith, a dairy specialist at the University of Vermont Extension, is partway through a three-year USDA-funded project aiming to educate and combat potential hazards to Vermont’s food production systems, specifically dairy.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Tuesday, Sept. 27, will be asked to approve a $250,000 bond to complete final design and engineering plans for a substantial rebuild of the town’s fire stations on Seymour Street and in East Middlebury.
The Sept. 27 vote is a lead-in to a second, $4.625 million bond referendum to finance construction of the project, which will include extensive renovations and an 8,100-square-foot, four-bay addition for the Seymour Street station.
I work with a good bunch of people, but sometimes I get the feeling they’re a little, well, out of touch.
Last Monday a few of us were standing around the coffee pot chitchatting about how we had spent our respective weekends.
“I went to my daughter’s soccer game Saturday,” said one person.
“My wife and I went out to dinner Friday night,” said another.
CORNWALL — As Cornwall resident and Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff tells it, the idea that sports can improve people’s lot in life is not new.
Human folly? There’s a code for that
A key premise of Vermont’s admirable attempt to institute single-payer health care is that it will rationalize an often irrational system. With smart people like Gov. Peter Shumlin and local House Rep. Mike Fisher leading the charge, maybe it will.
WEYBRIDGE — Deep in the field at Weybridge Gardens, the green stalks and budding tassels overhead look almost like corn. But the green abundance that forms the winding paths of the Thompson Hill Road maze isn’t corn this year — it’s Sudan grass.
Though sisters Kris Bowdish and Audra Ouellette are still calling this year’s installation a corn maze, by the time the fields dried out from this spring’s flooding it was already July.
BRISTOL — Bristol townspeople voiced concerns over a proposed town plan update at a Tuesday public hearing, where they prodded the planning commission to add more information to the plan about extraction in the conservation area and ambiguous wording in crucial sections of the document while raising other issues that could impede the plan’s adoption.