July 8th, 2010
Something amazing is happening because of my garden, and it has nothing to do with weeding, thinning, pruning, watering, or harvesting vegetables. Instead, conversations are sprouting. Ideas are germinating. Something is taking root and it’s about people.
It started slowly. First, it was the older couple I ran into downtown: “I hope you don’t mind, but we went into your garden last week. You’ve got a huge crop of peas. What did you use for the trellis? And what made you decide to plant your lettuces that way? ”
Vermont’s tax system will be a major agenda item in this fall’s campaign and in next year’s legislative session. A blue-ribbon commission on the state’s tax structure will report to the governor and the Legislature early in 2011. The commissioners — Kathy Hoyt, Bill Sayre and Bill Schubart — all have long experience with tax and economic policy from both business and government perspectives.
Editor’s note: This spring Karl Lindholm was privileged to speak to Middlebury College athletes just prior to their graduation. Here are those remarks excerpted.
My favorite team is not the Red Sox or the Celtics — my favorite team is the Panthers of Middlebury College, or the Tigers of Middlebury Union High School.
BRISTOL — Last year’s reigning champions held on to their title in the 32nd annual running of the Great Outhouse Race on Saturday morning, when Chris and Kevin Berry hammered across the finish line first in the last leg of one of Bristol’s most beloved Independence Day traditions.
STARKSBORO — A resident in Starksboro is realizing that, when it comes to Vermont utility companies, not all solar projects are created equal.
Though one Vermont utility is offering generous incentives to promote solar project, the same isn’t true at other utility companies in the state — something homeowners and some legislators would like to see change as a way to promote the creation of more solar projects.
We are banking on a good crop of potatoes this year. Last year’s attack of late blight cut our season short. In order to save the crop we mowed the tops off early (Aug. 13), and successfully harvested and stored a modest quantity of small, but disease-free tubers. This year we planted our seed potatoes (a bit later than most years) with our usual springtime optimism and, knock-on-wood, the crop is looking pretty good so far.
My friend Ana loves her iPhone. Or maybe she hates it.
“I can’t decide if it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” she says, “or the worst.”
Twenty-five years after the general availability of fax machines (remember them?), and 15 years after most of us first heard of the Internet, we live in a society dominated by digital technology. And no digital technology is as common as the cell phone.
Except now they’re not just cell phones, or mobile phones. They’re called “smart phones.”
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This past weekend, I arrived at Lake George to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with my extended family. As with any special occasion in my family, celebration was synonymous with feasting, the kitchen full of tasty and seasonal abundance.