October 17th, 2013
Our beautiful, warm and sunny fall has been a boon for leaf peepers, hikers, gardeners and farmers alike. Many dairy farmers are harvesting their fourth and even some fifth cuttings of hay — a rarity in the Champlain Valley. Most farmers have been pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of the forages (hay and corn silage) they have harvested this year. Since healthy cows and good milk production begin with high-quality forage and lots of it, our dairy cows should be well served this next year.
When you spend most of your time in Vermont, it’s easy to forget that we live on the west coast of New England. And that to the west, there is a wild kingdom with few equals on this or any other continent.
The Adirondack Park, one of America’s largest wilderness areas, was the playground of my youth — a place to hike from lake to lake, to ascend many of the traditional 46 peaks above 4,000 feet, and to ski trails to the point of getting lost and having to bivouac in subzero temperatures overnight.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School field hockey team took a 4-0 loss to visiting South Burlington on Tuesday on what was the Tigers’ Senior Day.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team carried an edge in play for most of the Otters’ Monday home game vs. Mount Anthony, but fell behind, 1-0, with 6:21 to play.
But the Otters, and senior forward Brittany Bushey, had the answer.
Bushey converted a feed from sophomore middie Maia Edmunds to tie the game a minute after an Amber Morse breakaway put MAU on top.
SOUTH DUXBURY — Cross-country runners from Mount Abraham and Vergennes union high schools participated in Saturday’s eight-team Harwood Invitational Meet, and four Eagles posted top-20 results.
On the boys’ side, Eagles Chris Carter and Connor Norland were 12th and 20th, respectively, as the Eagles were fifth out of eight scoring teams.
On the girls’ side, Genevieve Chiola and Delaynah Leavitt finished 16th and 19th, respectively, as the Eagles took fifth out of six scoring teams.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen last week tabled the town’s Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, a month after giving the green light to a home energy-efficiency loan program that was narrowly approved by town voters in March 2012.
Selectboard chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said board members were once again uncertain about the town’s responsibilities and potential liability in backing the program, which requires towns to treat loans for home energy efficiency improvements as liens on the properties.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
10/14 OV vs. Mt. Anthony .............. 2-1 (OT)
10/15 S. Burlington vs. MUHS ................ 4-0
10/15 CVU at Mt. Abe ............. Ppd. tp 10/16
10/16 OV vs. Bellows Falls ................... 2-0
10/16 CVU vs. Mt. Abe ............................ 0-0
Health exchange website holds back reforms
Last Sunday, in order to learn more about Vermont Health Connect, I explored the VHC website to get information on insurance options for a hypothetical family of two adults and two children with Vermont’s median household income of $53,000.