May 26th, 2011
My friend John once told the story of the worst thing that ever happened to him.
It was in World War II. He and 30 other young guys were in a boat off the coast of Norway, part of the Allies’ effort to retake the country from the Germans. Norway was bitterly contested territory, a tough place to be.
John’s boat landed in a cove. He and two of his buddies were ordered to go inland and reconnoiter the countryside. They armed themselves as heavily as they could and set off on foot to see what they could find.
From the garden and kitchen this spring we have two new favorite concoctions I have to share with you. The first, rhubarb oatmeal, we have eaten every morning for the past 10 days. It is so simple, and it is a pleasure to yield to cries of “Can we PLEASE have rhubarb oatmeal?!”
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union teachers have agreed to a four-year contract that provides for some modest pay increases and slightly elevates their health care premium payments.
FERRISBURGH — Last Wednesday morning, some 100 students and adults wearing traditional cone-shaped hats stood ankle-deep in a flooded rice paddy pushing delicate yellow sprouts into the clay soil.
No, this wasn’t a tableau from Southeast Asia — it was right here in Addison County at Ferrisburgh’s Boundbrook Farm.
MIDDLEBURY — One of Middlebury’s most active volunteers for child and teen causes is reducing that role in order to take on a leadership position within the legal community.
Emily Joselson, a local attorney, is stepping down from the boards of both the Addison County Parent-Child Center and Addison Central Teens (ACT) after a combined total of more than 35 years of service that saw seismic growth and change within those organizations.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board last week began to discuss the concept of installing a turf field at Middlebury Union High School.
At the same May 17 meeting the board agreed to open the boys’ and girls’ ice hockey programs to a limited number of players from other schools.
School board members last Tuesday were told that a turf field at the high school would provide a more stable, weather-friendly surface for multiple MUHS sports teams.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment will soon gather to rule on another Champlain Oil Co. application for a Route 7 gas station, convenience store and fast-food restaurant, but both town and company officials expect that decision simply to set up a return to state Environmental Court.
On May 4 the zoning board held a brief hearing on a revised site plan from Champlain Oil (COCO), a South Burlington firm that runs a string of similar facilities in Vermont, including one at the junction of Routes 7 and 17 in New Haven.
MIDDLEBURY — The 21st century is a transformative point in the timeline of the human species. We can either collectively find solutions to the urgent problems of climate change, nuclear proliferation and famine, creating new and healthier industries to profit from, or we will struggle through a “New Dark Age,” caught between the world’s changing tides in our outdated ways of life.