ON THE LISTS
The silence you hear... Every so often in a raging list discussion, someone will weigh in with a post that's so cogent and definitive that there's no point carrying on unless you can address its points directly. Two days ago, Margaret Cheney drew a line across the Norwich trash-bag debate, pointing out that the town's new policy to require special trash bags is not required by Vermont law. Which she helped write. She cites both language and intent in concluding, "There's no need to come up with a new, super-precise designer system." If you missed it in yesterday's email digest, just click on this link to read it on dailyuv.com. Then dig into the posts along the right-hand side, which will give you a good recap of the whole discussion.
A lovely story, well told. In a letter to the editor, no less. In today's Valley News, Robin Cushman of Orford writes about her search for a good but inexpensive guitar for her 13-year-old niece and the inspiring result. Go search it out in your fire-starting pile. Or you can find it on the newspaper's website (scroll down to "Gift Touches Heart Strings"; as usual, you need to get past the Valley News subscriber wall). On dailyuv you can find her original request to the Upper Valley list. While your heart is still warm, click on The Haven banner just above, which will take you to their page for contributing to the food pantry.
There's no shortage... of holiday-themed events this weekend (you can find them all on the dailyuv events calendar put together by Donna Pereira Mackall, Sam Candon, and T Davis), but if you're looking for something else, we've got you covered. On Saturday, in keeping with today's bird sub-theme, there's VINS's Snowy Owl Appreciation Day and Chris Rimmer's bird walk around Norwich to benefit the Haven. On Sunday, the Norwich Public Library is holding a pre-release party for "The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies." And, oh, what the heck, let's mix the sacred and the profane: Also on Sunday, Dartmouth men's hockey takes on Sacred Heart at Thompson Arena.