Early this month, I moved out of the farmhouse I had been renting in Cornwall and piled my possessions into the back of the Subaru for a 35-mile drive to the Old North End of Burlington. The price of gas rose by 20 cents per gallon and a freezing rain began to fall as I drove north on Route 7. My departure could not have felt more depressing.
MIDDLEBURY — Unlike for most Middlebury College men’s hockey games, no admission will be charged for the Middlebury College Men’s Hockey Holiday Tournament, which is sponsored by Friends of Panther Hockey and will take place on Jan. 3 and 4 at Kenyon Arena.
However, the Friday and Saturday games will be dedicated to Alzheimer’s awareness, and a suggested donation of $5 will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. Proceeds of 50/50 raffles will also be donated to that organization.
There’s an old saying that you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.
To which I would add that while you can take the boy out of Christmas — you can turn him into a non-Christian, tree-hugging dirt worshipper — you can’t take the Christmas out of the boy.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/23 VUHS at Burr & Burton ............... Ppd.
12/23 OV at Arlington Tourney .. Ppd. to 1/4
12/23 Colchester vs. MUHS ....... 46-39 (OT)
12/23 Mt. Mansfield at VUHS ............... Ppd.
12/23 OV at Springfield ............ Ppd. to 1/25
12/23 Winooski vs. MUHS.................. 29-26
In my house growing up, Christmas was a both a joyful time and a time of hope. It was mostly about being together as a family, enjoying meals and games and snow and a break from school and work, and about church services celebrating the birth of Jesus. It was not so much about the commercial aspects of the season.
A message to Gov. Peter Shumlin:
On the evening news recently you were talking about the roads, not BARE ground or similar term. My wife was driving home from Burlington and told me of a detour on Route 7 because of an accident. A few minutes later she called about a second accident. My concern was heightened for her safety.
The news later confirmed the two accidents. One was fatal; the rescue people were having a tough time working at the accident because of slippery conditions.
In a letter to the editor, Addison Independent, Dec. 19. 2013, seven area clergy preach against the natural gas pipeline. They say, “We have a sacred responsibility to speak the truth as best we understand it.” I say take time to understand the truth before uttering a word.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sunday cited a Vergennes woman for an earlier offense of credit card fraud.
Police allege that Jessica Kimball, 39, a Main Street resident, in late November stole a credit card from a Ferrisburgh resident and fraudulently charged about $1,700 of goods and services. Sunday’s citation concluded an investigation that began not long after the alleged offense.
In other action between Dec. 16 and 22, Vergennes police: