Archive - Feb 2012 - Staff Blog
This week may bring the largest snowstorm of the winter to Addison County, but it will pale in comparison to the storms of last year - and to the forecasts many made last fall of a snowy winter. As winter nears its end, it is a good time to look back at these winter forecasts and see how they fared against actual conditions.
In this political era in which the leading Republicans of the land stumble over themselves to reject the wisdom of separating church in state in a political context; in which cutting taxes to corporations is the panacea for all that ails us; in which cow-towing to the fanatical wing of the party is the only path to the nomination; it is instructive and nostalgic, perhaps, to want to revisit President Abraham Lincoln’s speech on slavery made in the Cooper Union, New York City on Feb. 27, 1860 – 152 years ago.
As expected, the Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team and both Middlebury Union hockey teams learned on Monday from the Vermont Principals’ Association they would host first-round playoff games.
The 18-2 Commodore boys earned the top seed for the Division II playoffs and will host No. 16 Lamoille (6-14) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. A win on Tuesday means VUHS will host a Friday quarterfinal at 7 p.m. against either No. 8 Fair Haven (10-10) or No. 9 Bellows Falls (11-9). The Commodores have not faced any of those three teams this season.
So, winter was cancelled in the Champlain Valley. It’s too bad, but it’s time to stop whining and go sledding. Winter is still scheduled on top of Vermont’s four highest mountains. Where the coverage isn’t great for skiing, sledding is a great alternative. Plus, it’s only a semi-skilled sport, and all it requires is a piece of plastic tarp. In the right conditions, you can sled in just your snowpants.
BOSTON — At a ceremony in Boston this past weekend, The Addison County Independent won 12 awards for journalistic excellence at the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association Better Newspaper Competition. Among the more than 350 newspapers entered in the contest, the Independent won six first place awards, four seconds and two thirds.
Our roller coaster temperatures have made it difficult to determine just what season it is, but the maple trees have decided that it is spring.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited two Northlands Job Corps students with aggravated assault after an attack that left a 17-year-old fellow student with a suspected broken neck on Feb. 7.
Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel also questioned the 20-hour delay before his department was notified on Wednesday evening by Northlands of the Tuesday evening assault.
January brought many thaws to choose from, rather than just one, and February’s first day brought a thaw as well.
(as seen to the left, after heavy rain at the end of January, the ice in the Middlebury River was ripped loose and strewn on the banks)
Wednesday would have seemed like a very warm day, but because I had just come back from a week-long visit to southern California (where it approached 80 degrees), the weather seemed a bit cool. In reality, it was very warm for the first day of February -
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