March 15th, 2010
This is Sunshine Week in America, a press-organized annual observance to stress the importance of openness in government. Lord knows Sunshine Week (March 14-20) deserves attention here in Vermont.
How Vermont’s laws on public meetings and public records got so messed up is a mystery, but there’s no question they’re messed up. The man who wrote the law, a former attorney general and state senator, put 27 exemptions in the law for the usual stuff — personnel matters, land acquisition, legal strategy in a lawsuit, that kind of thing.
CORNWALL — Almost two years after Nick Garza’s body was discovered in Otter Creek after a months-long search, the story of the vanished Middlebury College student lingers in the minds of the community.
Below the Falls, a new collection of poetry by Pulitzer-prize nominated Cornwall resident Gary Margolis, delves into the emotions of those months of searching in the winter of 2008.
“One of the ways that I express and relate to my own world is to write poems,” he said.
RIPTON — More than 60 die-hard skiers soaked up the sunshine and survived the challenging spring waxing conditions at the annual Bread Loaf Cross Country Citizens’ Race and Lollipop Race on Sunday, March 7, at the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton.
Organizers said the races were the culmination of an incredible spring skiing weekend, and a great time was had by all.
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Jeff Stauch began baking bread two years ago with his girlfriend, Ashley. At first it was just a fun project — Ashley had grown up with fresh, home-baked bread around the house, and the two wanted to see if they could learn the skill.
“I was frankly surprised that we didn’t get discouraged,” he said. “The first several tries were definitely something you wouldn’t want to present at a party. It was just by accident, but we stuck with it until something turned out perfect.”
Join the Addison Independent at last Saturday's NCAA basketball championship game, where the Panthers faced off against the Rhode Island College Anchormen.
The slideshow takes a look at some of photographer Trent Campbell's shots of the game, with audio taken at Friday's and Saturday's championship games.
MIDDLEBURY — After a pair of hard-fought wins in Maine this past weekend, the NESCAC champion Middlebury College men’s hockey team finds itself back in familiar territory against a familiar foe: The 19-4-4 Panthers will host SUNY Plattsburgh on Saturday at 7 p.m. in what will be their first NCAA appearance since 2007, when Middlebury made its 13th straight trip to the dance.
Saturday night’s NCAA Division III quarterfinal against the 18-5-3 Cardinals will be a rematch of a Feb. 2 game at Kenyon Arena won by the Panthers, 5-3.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Rescue Squad is postponing its plan to hire a full-time employee, hoping instead that an influx of new volunteers after a Town Meeting Day plea to five-towns residents will help the struggling volunteer ambulance corps limp along.
The squad initially planned to hire its first ever paid employee after the volunteer ranks proved inadequate to handle many incoming emergency calls for assistance.
In honor of outdoor sports, our home state of Vermont, the recently completed winter Olympics and National Public Radio’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” (hosted by Peter Segal and Carl Kassell) — and by demand of my reading public — I present yet another edition of my own sporadically offered quiz column. Last time, I offered a collection of strange outdoor products guaranteed to improve your hunting, fishing or camping experience. Contestants had to determine which one of them was false.