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October 5th, 2011
Our garden has had a tough year. Between heavy spring rains, Tropical Storm Irene, powdery mildew, and our local groundhog, keeping the garden going has been a challenge (though we have been rewarded with a great deal of cucumbers). Here in East Middlebury, we narrowly avoided a frost in late September, but the end of the growing season is very close. The first hard freeze of the year is coming to Addison County.
Editor's note: Please don't try this at home.
This week, another installment of paddling in our backyard: Otter Creek Falls.
Whenever we slide into the water behind the restaurant there are a few patrons who shout off the porch.
“Do you know there’s a waterfall down there?” they say, gesticulating wildly.
“What?” I say. “Really? A waterfall? How tall?”
By coincidence, this year as the Jewish High Holidays approached I have been reading "Dead Man Walking," Sister Helen Prejean’s personal witness against the death penalty. Her account of her journey into the lives of death row inmates and their victims’ families is riveting. She quotes philosophers and criminal justice experts, cites statistics and Catholic doctrine to support her arguments for opposing the death penalty. But for me what is most timely and moving is her unrelenting focus on forgiveness, in Hebrew selichot.
Senior reporter John Flowers makes a weekly Tuesday radio appearance on Morning News Service, a program on Waterbury-based WDEV, 96.1 FM. He wraps up recent Addison County news for listeners across Vermont.
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September 28th, 2011
So, the Weekly Rider is "rolling on" into a broader blog dealing with The Great Outdoors more generally. You'll still get biking updates on occasion, but this week, it's paddling.
I’ve been doing a lot of paddling on Otter Creek lately, and there’s nobody else out there. So, it’s time to go public:
There’s some phenomenal canoeing and kayaking to be had in our backyards.
You could literally paddle in the backyard a few weeks ago, but this is more figurative.
The first public hearing on the draft of the 2011 Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan — released earlier this month — is slated for Middlebury on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7-9 p.m. at Middlebury Union High School.
For more information and access to an electronic copy of the plan draft, head to: www.vtenergyplan.vermont.gov.
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