February 10th, 2011
An old and faded sign near the lodge listed the East Mountain trail as intermediate in difficulty. But for the past 20 minutes or so, every sign we passed had the more ominous “Most Difficult” designation. Given the rookie status of half our party, there were a few murmurings of concern. But we pressed on.
Before critics pick apart the Shumlin administration’s health care proposal, Vermonters must step back a few paces and view the issue from afar.
They say we only use 10 percent of our brain, but if you are like me you only use 10 percent of your TiVo. You know TiVo. It’s the digital video recorder that allows you to pause and rewind shows you are watching on your television and, more importantly, record shows that you are unable to watch at the time of broadcast because you are too busy actually living a productive life. Or you are too busy watching another television show. Or you are asleep.
I hate to sound like an old square, but I have to say it: I just don’t get this whole texting thing. What’s wrong with a phone call?
I admit a text message is more appropriate than a phone call in certain situations, like when it’s too loud to talk, or when you’re being held hostage by crazed gunmen and need to keep it down. But most of the time, I just don’t see the point.
BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Teachers Association on Monday night decided not to go on strike at the Bristol-area public schools. The teachers union had set Wednesday, Feb. 9, as the strike date.
“It has been called off,” said Darren Allen, a spokesman for the Vermont-NEA teachers union, Tuesday morning. “Teachers accept (the contract) imposition, and bargaining is going forward.”
BRISTOL — On Wednesday evening, negotiators from the six Addison Northeast Supervisory Union school boards and from the district’s teachers’ union met for more than five hours only to end up walking away from the table once again, having reached no settlement.
MIDDLEBURY — In the middle of a calm, somewhat institutional hallway in the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, a door opens into a magical world.
A cloud of Christmas ornaments and pinecones hangs from the ceiling. Along one wall leans a sculpture of a fireplace, made from thin slices of cedar trunks glued together side by side. Fabrics and birch bark add color and texture to every corner.
Somewhere in the decoration is the room’s primary purpose: a washbasin, dryer and set of implements for cutting hair.