January 20th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Alice Eckles and Ross Conrad were living in a traditional apartment in Weybridge when they bought 25 acres in Middlebury with a plan of building a cordwoodhome. Soon after purchasing the land, the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico took place and the couple talked about how they could step away from being part of the fossil-fuel-guzzling world while their permanent home is being built.
MIDDLEBURY — Fishing is a sport that typically conjures images of hot, sunny days, shorts and a wide-brim hat, clear streams or a quiet canoe and a calm lake.
But for some, the hobby that many of us leave to warm weather lives strong throughout the cooler months of the year.
MIDDLEBURY — The annual meeting of the Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church in Middlebury. At the meeting, Chris Bouchard will present a program and slideshow titled “Tornado Alley.” Bouchard is a meteorologist with over seven years’ experience forecasting Vermont’s temperamental weather.
MIDDLEBURY — Social entrepreneurs are transforming and improving education while colleges and universities are fostering social entrepreneurship. What impact is this trend having on the economy and the challenges we face as a society? And what does it mean for today’s students now and when they graduate?
When we talk about health and well-being, many tend to narrow their gaze to fitness, diet and exercise. While those are certainly important elements of the theme, other activities, hobbies, and projects can also be great measures of general health and happiness, aiding in a more complete and balanced measure of wellness.
I was deeply saddened to read that Victor Nuovo has resigned from the selectboard. Saddened by the fact that Middlebury will be losing the wise counsel of someone who has been a dedicated public servant for eight years. And saddened because some in our town seem to have sunk to petty, vituperative political tactics. Such have unfortunately become all too common in Washington, but Middlebury — and indeed all of Vermont politics — have seldom seen such outrageous behavior.
It’s time to step back and take an honest look at ourselves and the energy we use. We all, including me, use energy. In fact we use lots of energy daily, hourly, every minute of our lives. Energy for food, clothes, the air we breathe indoors, our medicines, our transportation, even bicycles, for it takes energy to build and sell and repair them, skiing, paper, and all our electronic gadgets, and everything we do.