July 8th, 2011
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I was eight years old when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa brought Major League Baseball back to life.
Four years after the 1994 baseball season was cut short by a player strike, America was still trying to rebuild its relationship with its national pastime. But baseball had a lot of work to do — it had, after all, walked out on the country, and you don’t just walk back in and expect everything to be fine again — you have to rebuild trust.
You have to make people believe again.
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Reporter John Flowers chatted with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb about the proposed solar array in Middlebury and the wave of solar projects going up across the county. Read the original article, "Middlebury solar array eyed," from our July 4 edition, then check out more of our stories on solar power. Listen in on the interview here, or listen to the clip on VPR's website.
My sister-in-law is about to come down with a bad case of mid-summer gardening fatigue. I can sense it creeping up on her — and many others — as it does every year right about now, just as the birds are quieting down from their early nesting hoopla, just as the sun hits its warm stride, just as vegetable gardens in New England reach their peak.
On July 4, Bristol held its 33rd annual Great Outhouse Race. The winners of four preliminary heats faced off in a final race that saw Team Snap's — representing Snap's Restaurant in Bristol — win their third straight Outhouse Race. They received stiff competition this year, however, and had to come from behind in the final race to snatch victory from newcomers team Camp Kookamunga of Middlebury.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County’s senatorial district would swap Brandon for Charlotte in a proposed redistricting plan recently endorsed by the Vermont Apportionment Board (VAB), which had until July 1 to submit final proposals for legislative review.
BRISTOL — With less than 100 feet remaining in the final heat of Bristol’s 33rd annual Great Outhouse Race, it looked like the two-time reigning champions representing Snap’s Restaurant might lose to the rookies from Camp Kookamunga. Then, from somewhere deep in the hot depths of this year’s Fourth of July festivities, cousins Chris and Kevin Berry, 23 and 20, found their legs, turned on the afterburners and jetted straight through the finish line to reclaim their title as the “World Champions” for the third consecutive year.
When Josefina was two weeks old, she was abandoned in a dumpster.
Whether she was the product of a premature feline mother that couldn’t handle the stress of kittens or she was the victim of callous owners, we will never know.
As Governor of Vermont, one of my first priorities was to strengthen and grow our state's centuries-long partnership with the Canadian Province of Quebec. I believed then as I do now that this relationship is critical to the success of our great state. Quebec is our largest trading partner and a significant source of clean, stable and, most importantly, renewable energy from Hydro-Quebec. Not only do we share an international border, but we share a deep cultural and historic connection; indeed many families have relatives on both sides.