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May the FARMS be with you! Strolling of the Heifers Parade and weekend of events is almost here! Don’t miss the fun June 1-2-3 !
The parade kicks off at 10 am sharp with scores of lovable heifer calves, groomed, decorated and led by future farmers. The heifers are followed by farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and surprises.
The Tour de Heifer’s 60 and 30 mile challenge routes follow dirt roads with minimal pavement.
Both entail significant elevation change — that is, hill-climbing, and lots of it! Both the 30 and 60 mile challenges are loop rides with opportunities for bailing out.
New 60-mile route for 2018 : The new route is 61 miles, with 7119 feet of climbing. This is about 200 more feet than previous years. The ride is entirely in Vermont this year.
As publicity stunts go it’s not exactly a new one. But, in the current Instagram age, where some people are more concerned about how good photos of their food look, rather than how it tastes, or the pleasure of dining with friends, I suppose it’s to be expected.
The Ainsworth, a restaurant with locations in cities including New York, Hoboken, and Newark, is offering 24k gold dusted hot wings at forty-five dollars for ten or ninety dollars for twenty, or you can drop a thousand dollars for a pile of fifty plus a gold bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne.
If you have about 5 minutes that you’re looking to kill, there’s a video of the wing preparation and promos for the restaurant. It features Jonathan Cheban, who calls himself Foodgōd (which pretty much speaks for itself, eh?), munching on a few.
Warm, sunny days and cool nights sleeping with the windows open. The lilacs are in full bloom
and I was planning on snipping a bunch of blossoms and placing them in the living room. As it turns out that hasn’t been at all necessary. One of the lilacs is right in front of a living room window and, with the windows open and the breezes blowing, the scent naturally permeates the whole house.
Elon Musk is drilling his very own underground commuter tunnels.
“First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done!” he wrote on Instagram, with a video taking viewers through the tunnel. “Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months.”
Vermont Skier Aims for World Record After Skiing 6.4 Million Vertical Feet
For Scott Howard, skiing 35,000 vertical feet is just another day on the mountain. In fact, it’s even less than his daily average over the 170-plus days he has skied this season. For this 65-year-old skier hailing from Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, bagging insane amount of vert is the name of the game as he hopes to set the record for the most lift accessed vertical feet skied in a season.
Does your company have a less than stellar, nay notorious, image resulting from buying up companies, slashing costs and raising drug prices, sometimes by a thousand percent or more?
Is a former company executive on trial in federal court in Manhattan on charges that he defrauded the company through hidden ties to a mail-order company that was used to get around insurers’ efforts to substitute cheap generics for the company’s expensive drugs?
Solution: Change the company name, from Valeant, to Bausch Health. Problem solved, and you’re a “Job Creator”, what with all the signage, stationary, Web site updates, etc., that will be needed.
Think back to the tobacco maker Philip Morris Co. changing its name to Altria, or ValuJet Airlines’ switch to AirTran.
Even while Tesla’s Autopilot, and Uber’s own self-driving experiments, encounter “challenges”, Uber has said it hopes to begin testing a commercial, autonomous flying car service in Los Angeles and Dallas Fort Worth by 2020.
Vermont Life was founded in 1946 and published by the state of Vermont as a quarterly magazine covering Vermont’s people, places and culture. A Web site was added in 1994. Unfortunately, after 70 years, Vermont Life will cease to exist along with six staff positions.
One of the final issues of Vermont Life on a grocery store newsstand. VTDigger photo
Remember the mood ring? Well, circadian lighting computerizes it! As if it’s not enough to manipulate us with sounds, smells, and plain old fixed colors!
Need to boost employee productivity later in the day? Now you can program a more stimulating environment with lightbulbs. Does the CEO have to announce a new round of workforce reductions (RIFs)? Just choose the bad-news-is-good-news programming option and the color temperature range will be adjusted to the appropriate setting between 1,400 to 10,000 kelvin, to bolster everyone’s mood.