GOSHEN — Innkeeper Tony Clark, one of the pioneers of cross-country skiing in Vermont, has seen the handwriting on the snow. Or rather, lack of snow.
“The season is getting shortened from both ends,” he said glumly last week.
At the same time, he believes, changes in the sport have reduced the overall number of recreational cross-country skiers and vacation patterns are shifting. None of those changes is good news for small, backcountry inns like his.
BRISTOL — The Watershed Center invites revelers of all ages to celebrate New Year’s Eve in downtown Bristol as the community marks the arrival of 2014 with Best Night, a gathering of the region’s favorite musicians, storytellers and other artists.
Tonight, after settling in at the house, I’ll re-stoke the fire, boil some tea water, turn on a CD of Christmas carols and bear down on the week’s task — addressing a few more holiday cards to send to friends and family.
Editor’s Note: The following Christmas message was addressed “To the American people” by President Calvin Coolidge from the White House on Dec. 25, 1927.
“Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind.
To Cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
This week, I’m sharing my favorite Christmas recipe: mace cookies. You can enjoy these yummy holiday treats with just a few simple ingredients and a pair of elastic-waist pants.
Editor’s note: The following letter has been submitted by the undersigned local clergy to the Public Service Board regarding the proposed Vermont Gas Pipeline through Addison County:
BRANDON — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team opened its defense of the Division II title by rallying past stubborn host Otter Valley on Tuesday, 42-31.
The Otters used their quickness and hard work on man-to-man defense to frustrate the Eagles in the first half, which ended with the host team up, 17-14, behind a trio of three-pointers from senior Jessica Frazier.
MIDDLEBURY — Two hundred and forty-seven runners braved cold temperatures on Nov. 24 to run either five or 10 kilometers in the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble.
Many runners brought donations to local food shelves, 20 won drawings for turkeys after the race, and many more won prizes donated by the many local business sponsors of the annual event in a post-race raffle.