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April 2009

April 29, 2009

Disc Golf Debate [126]

4/28/09 Disc golf, a harmless pastime or a public nuisance?  A debate has been raging in Burlington (pro and con) about a proposed 18-hole disc golf course at Leddy Park.

Eva travels to the Johnson State College disc golf course and proposed holes at Leddy Park to see what all the fuss is about.

Note: Read Shay Totten's Going in Circles about this debate:

Music: Syd, Upswing, "Easier on You"

April 22, 2009

SBNN [125]

4/17/09: Every Friday, a group of 6th-8th graders air a news broadcast called SBNN, the South Burlington Network News, for the student body at Tuttle Middle School.

They recently won two spots in a national C-SPAN StudentCam video contest for their work.

In the ever changing media landscape, are these tech saavy students our future?

Note: UVM graduate and former Seven Days Video Correspondent, Louis Armistead, mentored the SBNN students who credited him for their recent injections of humor.  Thanks Lou, we miss you.

April 15, 2009

Sheep Shearing School [124]

4/11/09: Once a year, professional sheep shearers gather at Shelburne Farms to teach shearer wannabes the tricks of the trade.  With 40 sheep being shorn by novices and pros alike, it is an exciting day around the barnyard and a symphony of bleats ensues from the 80 gamboling lambs and their parents.

The song in the end credits is an Australian folk song:

Ryebuck Shearer

Chorus
If I don't shear a tally before I go
My shears and stone in the river I'll throw
And I'll never open Sawbees or take another blow
And prove I'm a ryebuck shearer

In case you missed it, filmmaker/shepherd Jon O'Brien wrote a great article about sheep called On the Lamb.

Location: Shelburne Farms, The Farm Barn, Shelburne VT

April 08, 2009

US Universities Debating Championships [123]

4/5/09: The 2009 US Universities Debating Championships were held this weekend on the UVM campus. Life-long debate enthusiast Dr Alfred "Tuna" Snider welcomed over 120 teams from all over the US and abroad.

Students and judges explain why debate is so important to our every day life.

April 01, 2009

COTS New Emergency Shelter [122]

3/21/09: COTS, The Committee on Temporary Shelter, has been unable to house the growing population of homeless Vermont residents.

Champlain College is in the process of transforming the former Eagle's Club into student housing.  In the interim, they have donated the space to COTS as a temporary shelter which will house 10 families and 16 individuals.

The community came together to transform this empty building into a warm, colorful place where children will be living.

Music: Silent Mind, 2012 Here We Come, "I Want to Go Home"

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