June 2nd, 2011
Here’s a question to ponder: Can Americans afford to tip-toe gingerly into the future, or are we being flung headfirst into an era of rapid change and the challenge before us is to react as proficiently and studiously as possible to position ourselves for a more secure future?
For better or worse, the latter seems to dictate the times.
• Climate change is upon us and scientists keep shortening the window of opportunity to right the wrongs we’ve done.
The news that $154,000 will be used this summer to improve mountain biking trails within the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is a harbinger of lucrative things to come — ifcounty-wide resources are appropriately targeted to develop the tourism potential of this growing sport.
My dad and I have a lot in common. We were both born and raised in Iowa by Roman Catholic parents. We both went to college and got post-graduate degrees. We both take pleasure in being fathers, enjoy eating peanut butter, prefer manual transmission cars.
What we don’t have in common is the news we read. And that’s not just because we have easy access to different print newspapers given the fact that he lives in Iowa and I live in Vermont.
Last weekend, our 17-year-old nephew stopped by to check out what my husband, Mark, and I were doing in the garden. (Apparently he’s never seen anyone planting potatoes with a post-hole digger, a method we picked up from The New York Times bestseller “Concrete Cornucopia: How to Grow Vegetables in Rock Hard Clay.”)
But the boy never got to the garden because on his way across the lawn, he suddenly yelled, “Snake!” and leaped backward, jumping right out of his shoes. Literally.
When I was a child, we planted the entire vegetable garden at once, over Memorial Day weekend. Finally it was warm enough to start thinking about planting, and it was a long weekend.
Warm enough, you ask? Indeed. I am talking about 45 years ago when there could be snow in Connecticut in May. Frequently there were killing frosts. So Memorial Day weekend was not only family time, for being together and honoring those who had made sacrifices for our country, but it marked the true beginning of the summer growing season.
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Success at least on diamonds on Wednesday
ADDISON COUNTY — The news on Wednesday proved to be uniformly good for local high school softball and baseball teams, but not so much for the three boys’ lacrosse and one girls’ tennis team that saw first-round playoff action.
The most dramatic games on Wednesday were the Otter Valley softball win over Burr & Burton and the Middlebury boys’ lacrosse team’s loss at Woodstock.
BANDS, REENACTORS, LITTLE Leaguers, firetrucks (both big and small), horses, tractors, candy and even a couple of aliens appeared on the streets of Middlebury and Vergennes Monday for Memorial Day parades. Large crowds soaked up the sun and excitement, and then both towns offered heartfelt words of honor and remembrance at ceremonies following the parades.
MIDDLEBURY — Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Weybridge, has been named to a nine-member state panel that will vet nominees for the Green Mountain Care Board, which will help design and administer major components of a single-payer health care system for Vermont.
Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday announced the members of the nine-member Green Mountain Health Care Board nominating committee. As dictated by state statute, the Governor appointed three, House Speaker Shap Smith appointed three, and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell appointed three.