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March 21st, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — Winter in Vermont is unique. From the frequent snowstorms to the long days spent on the slopes, people travel from all over New England just to get a taste of the wonder that exists here in Vermont’s simple landscape. Between the Vermont towns of Middlebury and Winooski, however, there lies a special sort of winter magic that exists nowhere else in the state. The magic comes in the form of a bond, created between young girls and young women, a magic rooted in the simple act of playing sports. That magic is Stride.
Editor’s note: Now that the sap is running, thoughts turn to the upcoming planting season. And so it's time for PatchWork: Two Gardens, Many Kitchens, to return for another nine months of gardening and cooking stories. Kate Gridley and Barbara Ganley will continue to be our featured writers; Judy Stevens has returned to her farm and will cheer from there. Guest writers will join Kate and Barbara from time to time to add their garden and kitchen tales, tips and recipes. Welcome back!
MIDDLEBURY — One by one, they took to the microphones on Monday in all corners of the state to give legislators an earful about plans to revamp Vermont’s health care system.
Though separated by the many miles between the 15 Vermont Interactive Television (VIT) sites, the dozens of speakers primarily spoke in a unified voice tinged with individual health care horror stories. Their message to Vermont lawmakers: Adopt a universal access, single-payer system.
BURLINGTON — When Middlebury Union High School freshman Tim Shea picked up the puck at the blue line with less than two minutes remaining in sudden death overtime of the Division II boys’ hockey state championship against the top-seeded Stowe Raiders Tuesday evening, destiny seemingly took over.
Shea walked in alone on Stowe goaltender Matt Rauch, faked him to the ice and lifted the puck into the net at University of Vermont’s Gutterson Field House to win the Tigers their first state hockey title in 15 years. The final score was 2-1.
MIDDLEBURY — Most dance troupes stage shows designed to exhibit the years of training their dancers have.
This weekend the Big Action Performance Ensemble seeks to throw that notion out the window in two shows at the Town Hall Theater.
The Friday and Saturday performances will feature the Big APE dance troupe’s eight professional dancers, plus 27 members of the local community, ranging in age from 8 to 74. Composer, DJ and recent Middlebury College graduate Phillipe Bronchtein provides original music for the show.
St. Patrick’s Day: I like it when my day to write this column falls on a holiday.
My first wife was born on St. Patrick’s Day, which made it easy for me to remember her birthday (editor’s note: no ex-wife wisecracks). My second wife’s birthday is Valentine’s Day, which I can also remember, but can’t get dinner reservations.
MIDDLEBURY — Gary Hirshberg, an icon in the world of organic foods, shed light on food and agriculture issues that hit close to home for Addison County residents in two appearances at Middlebury College this week.
The president and — in his words — “CE-Yo” of organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm gave a positive forecast for the future of organically certified milk and also offered a nuanced take on how genetically engineered crops fit into the food landscape.
BRISTOL — Bristol selectmen learned at a Monday meeting that plans for repair of two key bridges in town are coming together, but that residents should not expect for the spans to be in full working order any time soon.
A highway official explained the state’s multi-year plans for repairing the one-lane bridge on Route 116 that crosses the New Haven River in the southern part of town, and town officials signed an agreement that will lead to repair of the closed bridge at the base of South Street just below the village.