October 17th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — The New England Review will present four wordsmiths in a night of literature at a local eatery.
Authors Jensen Beach and Eugene Mirabelli in fiction, poet Elizabeth Powell, and student translator Bernardo Andrade will all read from their recent work at 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.
Our trip through life is marked by milestones: births, graduations, marriages and deaths…. But deaths seem to color the world with deeper and more lasting tones. It’s as if grief draws a line that slices our lives into “before” and “after” in the space of a single breath. A line of symmetry, where the loved ones left living find themselves in the same environment, with the same job and friends, even shopping in the same grocery store as they did “before,” yet nothing is the same.
Thomas Dunne’s wood-turning studio is tucked away behind his home on South Street in Middlebury. Most days he can be found bent over the lathe, sawdust floating up around him as he scores away coils of fresh yellow maple from the block spinning under his nose.
A couple of weeks ago, as I was strolling past my veggie garden, a beautiful bunch of berries caught my eye. There it was ?casually poking its head out from among the long grass at the edge of the woods.
I was captivated by the dramatic shape of the cluster, almost six inches long, as well as its ripening berries ?from pure white to ruby red. A quick look at the leaves suggested I was looking at some False Solomon’s Seal (Smilacina racemosa).
FROM FLOWER TO FRUIT
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Rice pinned a crucial upset on the Middlebury Union High School football team on Friday night, 14-7.
The setback against the 3-4 Green Knights dropped the Tigers to 4-3 in Division I and out of position for a home playoff game. Second-place Champlain Valley (6-1) is visiting on Friday at 7 p.m., and MUHS has yet to defeat a team with a winning record this fall.
VERGENNES — “The first step was to figure out, do people want my pies?” said Chris Reck, Vergennes resident and founder of the three-month-old Route 7 Pie Company.
The answer was a firm and resounding “yes.”
In the past, Reck has made pies for family and holiday occasions, but when he saw a program on Vermont Public Television chronicling the stories of small pie vendors, he decided to try something more elaborate than home cooking.
Most of us know the story of Macbeth: Ambitious Scottish war hero heeds the prophecy of witches, and the urging of his wife, assassinates the king in cold blood and unravels in spectacular fashion.
BRANDON — The chilly temperatures on Friday night didn’t keep away the crowd or slow down the Otter Valley Union High School football team, which pulled away late over the visiting Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative squad to win, 34-14.
It was non-division game under the lights at Markowski Field as temperatures dropped into the 30s, with defending Division III state champion OV hosting the D-II Eagles.