March 1st, 2012
When my roommate, Nikhil, announced he was going to Mauritius for three months and asked if I could take care of his dog, I thought immediately of body heat. A 70-pound German shepherd throws off a lot of warmth, and I sleep in a poorly insulated room.
“Can he sleep in the bed?” I asked.
“He’s not really supposed to, but…”
“Done,” I said. “When do you leave?”
To New Haven sculptor Dennis Sparling, “art is about the mystery of things.”
Sparling, 67, fabricates sheet copper and wire into dynamic sculpture. Last year, Sparling finished work on his 9-foot-tall, 600-pound representation of Leonardo daVinci. The sculpture integrates daVinci’s drawings and paintings with his feats of engineering, architecture, and anatomy – all ranged around the standing patriarch.
My 22-year-old nephew Michael is both philosophical and artistic in nature. I describe him as contemplative and creative. He has also spent essentially his whole life within a short drive of mountains and trout streams. He has lived with his family in Colorado, Maine, western North Carolina and Alaska. He spent three years in Addison County at Middlebury College and another year studying abroad in mountainous Chile.
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.
WATERBURY — Vermont State Police issued a statement today saying they are revising their search and rescue policy.
The move comes after VSP received public criticism for their slow response last month to the report of a hiker missing in the Green Mountains — 19-year-old Levi Duclos — who subsequently died on the trail.
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.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team will make its fifth consecutive NCAA Division III tournament appearance when the Panthers host a regional tournament Friday and Saturday in Pepin Gym.
The 24-3 Panthers will take on Morrisville State (19-8) on Friday at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a game between Albertus Magnus (27-1) and St. Joseph’s of Long Island (21-4) at 5:30 p.m.. The winners meet on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the regional final.
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