Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thomas Stanley Gorman (RIP) - Returned Volunteer

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On the 50th anniversary of "India 50"  our Peace Corps training group Volunteers are reconnecting.  There have been a couple of reunions.  This one is harder to put together but thanks to email we are doing pretty well.

Unfortunately we have learned that Thom Gorman -the red bearded guy from Maine - and perhaps the most well-liked member of our group died six years ago.

As you can see from this nice remembrance he and his wife Joan ran a Vermont Inn which featured Indian food! - gwc



Thomas Stanley Gorman - Valley Reporter



Thomas Stanley Gorman, chef/owner of Millbrook Inn and Restaurant in Fayston, Vermont, died of cancer on December 23, 2010, at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington.

Thom was born on April 19, 1945, in South Portland, Maine. He spent his childhood in southern Maine before attending Boston University. Upon graduation, he spent two years in the Peace Corps in India with his wife, Jeanne. This experience shaped Thom in many ways, exposing him to a new culture for the first time. It also sparked a lifelong love for Indian cooking.



After his return to the United States in 1969, Thom worked as a salesman, first for Procter and Gamble and then in the college textbook division at Holt, Rinehart and Winston. He was promoted to an editorial position in 1977 and worked on science textbooks.



In 1979, Thom moved to Waitsfield. He and his wife Joan purchased Millbrook Inn, which they initially ran as a bed and breakfast. Six months later, Thom and Joan opened a restaurant in the inn, featuring Indian food, homemade pasta and desserts, and fresh local produce from their garden. For over 30 years they cooked together and served local food - long before the term "localvore" was in common use. In recent years, they also started hosting themed wine dinners, pairing the best local ingredients with wines from around the world. Thom loved the challenge of cooking new types of food and would research these meals carefully. He also enjoyed sharing his knowledge and love of how to cook Indian food through cooking classes, which he offered every summer as part of the Vermont Festival of the Arts.



Cooking was Thom's life work, but travel was his passion. In over 30 years of avid traveling, he and Joan visited all 50 states and every continent, except Antarctica. An intrepid hiker and skier, Thom climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, hiked to Machu Picchu, and trekked the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, with Joan always at his side. He especially loved South Africa, which he and Joan visited numerous times.



Thom also loved Waitsfield and was a familiar face around town, especially in Mehuron's Supermarket and at the Waitsfield Farmers' Market. He learned to downhill ski at Mad River Glen and loved nothing better than a great run on Lynx to Beaver. He also loved living in Vermont and all the people in this community and many others who came to eat in the restaurant and stay in the inn.



Thom is survived by his beloved partner in life, travel, and business, his wife Joan Gorman; daughter and son-in-law Mara Gorman and Matt Kinservik of Newark, Delaware; daughter and son-in-law Sheila and Brian Fadrosh of Shoemakerville, Pennsylvania; grandsons Tommy and Teddy Kinservik, Alex Moquin, and Johnny Fadrosh; foster son Jerome Wortman; siblings Janet Cotter, David Gorman, Marilyn Hanft, and Paula Flanders; father- and mother-in-law Daniel and Sonia Handelsman; numerous adopted family members and friends from around the world; and his dog "Riley."



A potluck memorial remembrance of Thom's life will be held at the Basebox at Mad River Glen on Wednesday, January 19, at 6 p.m. Please contact Lorraine Wargo at 496-3621 for more information.



Donations can be made in Thom's memory to the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 305, 4177 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673 or to the Stark Mountain Foundation, P.O. Box 1221, Waitsfield, VT 05673.



The Gorman family would like to thank Dr. Neil Hyman, Dr. Paul Unger, and the many other staff members at Fletcher Allen who provided such wonderful care to Thom at the end of his life.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jackie Robinson statue - Dodger Stadium

I'll always be a Brooklyn Dodger fan.
A bronze statue of Brooklyn Dodgers' legend Jackie Robinson is unveiled outside Dodger Stadium before the team's baseball game with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Maine Lobstermen's Union Votes to Buy Hancock County Lobster Business | Portside

Maine Lobstermen's Union Votes to Buy Hancock County Lobster Business | Portside

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Purchase of Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound's wholesale operation means lobstermen will have more control over the prices they get for their catch, a spokesman says.
Penelope Overton
February 25, 2017
The Maine Lobstering Union voted Saturday to buy a wholesale lobster business near Mount Desert Island to help its fishermen net a bigger share of the profit in the booming, $1.5 billion-a-year industry.
At a closed-door meeting in Rockport, members voted 63-1 to buy the wholesale side of the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, which includes a tank that can hold up to 180,000 pounds of lobster, for $4 million, said Local 207 President Rocky Alley.
“We can’t wait to start buying and selling our own lobsters,” Alley said. “Right now, fishermen sell at the dock, and we get what we get, with no control. But there is lots of money made off lobsters after they leave the dock, and some ought to stay with us fishermen.”
The vote enables the Maine union to borrow money from a Kansas City bank and to borrow $1.1 million from fellow locals in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as far south as Maryland to purchase the Lamoine-based wholesale business.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winter storm forecast: When they go low, we go high

Before the storm

from the soon to be defunded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Friendship, Maine 04547
Today March 14, 2017
TodaySnow before 5pm, then snow, possibly mixed with sleet. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. Windy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.TonightRain, snow, and sleet before 2am, then freezing rain likely between 2am and 3am, then snow likely after 3am. The rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet could be heavy at times. Areas of blowing snow after 3am. Low around 25. Windy, with a northeast wind 25 to 35 mph becoming north 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot: Burlesque dancing, like many other fringe art forms, enjoys a mysterious, titillating reputation, because most people only have a vague idea of what it’s all about.

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot: Burlesque dancing, like many other fringe art forms, enjoys a mysterious, titillating reputation, because most people only have a vague idea of what it’s all about.

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot: Burlesque dancing, like many other fringe art forms, enjoys a mysterious, titillating reputation, because most people only have a vague idea of what it’s all about.

Monday, January 30, 2017

When you are old - 莫文蔚- 当你老了

当你老了 - 莫文蔚

WHEN YOU ARE OLD

When you are old and gray and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.