August 29th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Those who visit Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History often feel like they’ve stepped into a bygone era, surrounded by antique farm implements, kitchen utensils, furniture and toys. It’s a veritable time capsule of 19th-century New England Americana.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury Union High School team with at least the usual high hopes and at least a little bit of a new look will kick off the MUHS season on Friday night at 7 p.m., when the Tigers host Division-I rival Essex.
The Tigers are the first of all the local schools’ teams to host a game, although several others will swing into action this weekend and all will hit the field or the trail by the end of next week. (See story, right.)
ADDISON COUNTY — While Middlebury Union High School football is the first local team to host a game this fall season (see story at left), several other local squads also swing into action this weekend. By the end of next week all the local football, cross-country, soccer and field hockey athletes will have broken sweats.
MIDDLEBURY — Around 20 Addison and Shoreham residents packed the main courtroom at the Mahaney Courthouse in Middlebury on Monday fearing the man they believe burglarized their homes — Raymond Ritchie — would be released after his arraignment on an unrelated cultivation of marijuana charge.
BRISTOL — A long-time favorite of Boy Scouts around the county coasted into Bristol on Saturday. Members of Bristol Cub Scout Pack 543 hosted their first-ever Soapbox Derby.
Scout leader Greg Grover said the race, which was attended by 15 Cub Scouts and more than 60 of their family members, was a big hit.
“We had a great time,” Grover said. “We were talking after about making it an annual event.”
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury driver Todd Stone swept a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing doubleheader at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Aug. 23, taking two 25-lap features in the track’s headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division.
The victories were the eighth and ninth of the season for the G. Stone Motors-sponsored No. 1X Teo Pro Car as Stone’s dominant summer continued.
That’s right, I’m outtahere.
I’m already in Africa, where I will spend the next year.
Africa! How about that! — Cameroon, to be precise. Me. Africa. Imagine.
I’m just about the most provincial person I know. A trip to Burlington for me is a big deal. I have traveled much in Addison County. I am one comforted by routine and familiarity.
I teach a course at Middlebury on the literature and culture of Northern New England, which is essentially an examination of the Yankee archetype. I use myself as Exhibit A.
Not that long ago, nuclear power was the promise to the world’s looming energy crisis. Back in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s when nuclear power was spreading its wings, the continental U.S. was exhausting its known crude oil reserves at an alarming rate and we were becoming dependent on oil from the Middle East. Long gas lines at service stations in the 1973 oil crisis, amid black outs in New York City, punctuated the need for diverse power sources.