Friday, October 1

WFA, Contra Dance, & Tree Walk Tomorrow!

WFA registration closes at 4:30 Today
Sign up for this weekend's Wilderness First Aid course! It is among the most widely recognized and accepted first aid certifications for backcountry travelers. This hands-on, 16-hour certification course covers topics ranging from backcountry preparation and prevention to patient assessment and treatment. Classroom discussions are supplemented by practical scenarios. Topics covered include the Patient Assessment System, shock, long-term patient care, soft tissue injuries, environmental emergencies, fractures/dislocations, and splint improvisation. Contact to register.

Tree Identification Walk at Wright Park Tomorrow
Fall tree identification using leaf shape and color, bark color and texture, and mast (nuts and fruit) as clues to tree type. Led by, Kathy Boyer, a VT Horticulturalist.
It is a collaboration between Middlebury Area Land Trust and The Green Mountain Club, Breadloaf Section. Meet at 9 AM at Wright Park on Seymour Street Ext. in Middlebury.

Tomorrow is the first CONTRA DANCE! 
It's looking to be a great lineup: we've got the band Elixir, which is top notch folk, in the Montpelier hall, which is the top-notch hall. Elixir is the band that played here last year, except with a few extra people. It should be simply amazing, and also a great dance for any new folk as well. The van leaves Adirondack circle at 6:40 PM, and we should be back around midnight. Cost is $8, which isn't much when you consider that shapes up to about $2.50 per hour of solid dancing. This should be really really fun. The van has 15 seats, so get there a bit early to make sure you've got a seat. Also, be there or be square! Get it? Like square dancing?

Call for Guides: Oct. 9th - Ross Family Weekend Hikes
Ross Commons Council is looking to collaborate with MMC to run a couple quick and easy day hikes on Saturday, Oct. 9 for Ross students whose families won't be visiting. If you are a guide and interested in leading such an excursion, email Emma at

Fall Break Mt. Katahdin Trip
Join Kari, Marty and Pier on an epic adventure over Fall Break to Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine. We will leave early on Saturday and return mid-day on Tuesday. Challenging hike will summit tallest peak in Maine, the end of the fabled Appalachian Trail and the land of Thoreau. Backpacking experience recommended. Group size limit of 8 willing souls. E-mail Kari to express interest: 

And now for a more personal message...

Dearest Beloveds,

It is with the deafening sound of sadness in my ears that I, Thomas J. Sawyer, write these words for you all today. For... be still my heart... this is my last correspondence. And my last moments as the ombudsman of such poor souls as ourselves! Oh! The woes! As of this heart-wrenching occasion, this voice will be silenced (some dare say forever), and will speak no more (comparable to silenced? Dare I repeat myself!). 

As such, I bid thee all farewell. I bid thee all until another day. I bid thee all adieu. Au'revoir, arrivederci, nasvidenje!

Don't fear, though, for new horizons are ahead! While I shall no longer accompany you with words of incongruous and superfluous indemnity ($10 to anyone who understands this sentence), there is another presence that follows in my footsteps. Perhaps, even, she shall be a shining light to fill the compounding void of my absence in your lives. Brighter than the North Star, more inspiring than the aurora borealis, and with fecundity to outstrip a lion, comes the one... the only... Carey Fuh-fuh-Favaloro and the new VOICE OF HOOPALOO.

Please welcome her with the genuflections she deserves.

As always,
In reverence,
With regenerative respect,
As a lioness bathes her young with saliva,
As a hunter eats his preys heart,
(with love),
Thomas J. Sawyer
Middlebury Class of 1876

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