Sunday, September 27, 2009
Em and Ruby nearing the top.
A pretty view of the Lamoille Valley.
Trying to push over Balanced Rock (we couldn't).
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Photo Credit Info: Photo's are Michael Stein's, not mine. Michael is available for professional photography too.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here is Mattie at the start, about 40 degrees.
Here we are at stop #1 having some turkey.
Here we are at stop #2 trying some cassoulet and cookies! Beautiful flowers at this farm.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I love backpacking. I love the simplicity, the physical challenge, the people you meet, the challenges that you encounter and the views. It also helps me to decompress and love Vermont even more. These trips are highlights of the year for me. It's tough to get out and make it happen, but it's worth it for me.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
From the Burlington Free Press 9/16:
Burlington best place in U.S. to raise a family
By John Briggs, Free Press Staff Writer • September 16, 2009
The magazine (Children's Health Magazine) put Burlington at the top of a list of 100 American cities, looking for "the kind of place where a child can slip on her rubber boots, grab her colorful umbrella, and play on the quiet, tree-lined street outside her home without worry."
The ideal community, Children's Health said, is "safe, nurturing, stimulating, and economically sound.
A neighborhood where parents reflect your values -- education, health and fitness, concern for the environment -- and raise their children the same way."
Children's Health researcher Joel Weber said the national rankings were based on data from government and non-profit agencies. "We looked at six primary categories," he said.
"Employment, health, housing, safety, education and something we called family life. We had 30 (data) sources in all, then we just crunched the numbers for all these cities."
He said education was most heavily weighted. "I think the educational standard (in Burlington) really stands out from the national average," he said. "Students graduate with diplomas at a very, very high rate." Weber said that unlike many cities, Burlington schools continue to offer physical education classes, which is a factor for obesity and general health.
The magazine used Bureau of Labor statistics for unemployment rates, the FBI's Uniform Crime Report for crime data, and the American Community Survey for commute times to work and median family income.
Another weighted data point, Weber said: the number of fast-food restaurants per capita. Burlington had the fewest of all the cities in the survey. Burlington was followed in the rankings by Madison, Wis., Fargo, N.D., Lincoln, Neb., and Fremont, Calif.Regionally, Yonkers, N.Y., was number 10 on the list, New York City was rated 15th and Boston came in 21st.
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At the bottom of the list were Fresno, Calif., Memphis, Tenn., Orlando and Miami in Florida and, at No. 100, Detroit.
Burlington was also selected this year by Business Week Magazine as the best city in Vermont to raise children.
It was selected as runner-up in the 2009 City Cultural Diversity Award by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and National League of Cities -- an award that recognizes city leadership in dealing with diversity issues. In November the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designated Burlington "the healthiest city in the U.S.A.," for statistics on frequency of exercise and the low incidence of obesity and other indicators of poor health.
Mayor Bob Kiss said he is pleased with the latest national recognition for Burlington."What I like is that they assessed different factors," he said. "That means it's not just anecdotal. I think we all know that people are doing a lot of things right in Burlington."
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A random photo of our Ledge Rd Lemonade Stand, where we raise money for COTS (a homeless charity). It was a cool day on this photo, and we only sold about 10 lemonades in 45 minutes.
Stopping for lunch in South Hero on our bike trip by the lake.
Biking on the causeway.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The guy below and I got caught in a finishing sprint duel. He's at least 20 years older than me, but awfully speedy. I won our little duel by a second. A little victory!