Archives for July 2014

Roger Angell H’06 Awarded Baseball Hall of Fame Honor (MLB.com)

Roger Angell, the honorand, with Professor of English Peter Coviello, in 2006.

The honorand Roger Angell, with Professor of English Peter Coviello, in 2006.

Called a “graceful master of prose” and “baseball’s foremost essayist,” Roger Angell, a 2006 honorary degree recipient, was awarded the Baseball Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award Saturday at Doubleday Field.

“It’s a surprise to me, because I was not a member of the [Baseball Writers’ Association of America], and all the prior Spink Award-winners have been members,” said Angell, who has been writing about baseball since 1962. “I’m the guy who would attend games year after year and stay late to talk to players. And then I’d get in a cab and go home, while all the other writers had to work against deadline. It was not a very popular position. … I wrote later and longer, and that’s pretty tough to forgive. But they’ve forgiven me, and here I am. I’m delighted.” Read more about Angell and the award, and see the video of Angell’s acceptance speech on MLB.com.

With five decades at The New Yorker — and counting — Angell nurtured such writers as Garrison Keillor, William Trevor and John Updike.

Maine Boasts A Higher Percentage of Female Farmers (Bangor Daily News)

farmerThere’s a new reason to be proud of Maine produce: the Bangor Daily News reports that the percentage of female farm operators in Maine is more than double the national average — 30 percent compared to 14 percent nationwide. Not only that, but farming in Maine (and in New England as a whole) is growing more rapidly than in other areas of the country.

In New England, “it wasn’t uncommon for farmland to be passed down through the women,” explains Gary Keough, the state statistician for the USDA. It’s hard to tell, though, whether the recent increase means that more women are becoming interested in farming or are simply interested in becoming their farm’s chief operator. 

Townies: Students Work for Brunswick, Topsham

Libby Szuflita ’15 and Violet Ranson ’16 are mapping parts of Topsham and Brunswick this summer to help local administrators make land-use decisions that will improve town life and reconcile the sometimes conflicting needs of residents, businesses and wildlife.<

The students — who are both majoring in environmental studies and sociology — are working in the towns’ planning departments this summer. (Ranson is working for Brunswick; Szuflita for Topsham.) Both have Psi Upsilon Sustainability/Environmental Justice Fellowships from Bowdoin’s Environmental Studies program to fund their summertime jobs. The competitive grants are awarded every summer to students who intern at Maine environmental organizations, including town planning offices. Because these fellowships often require competence with GPS and GIS, Environmental Studies Program Manager Eileen Johnson offers a two-day course in mapmaking in early June. Read the full story.

The Grownup Way to Eat Your Veggies (TIME)

boy and cooked vegetablesIt seems every child has at least one vegetable, usually packed with nutrients, that can induce an onslaught of reactions ranging from complaint to outrage around the dinner table. Maybe it’s the stench (read: brussel sprouts). Maybe it’s the texture (looking at you, dry broccoli). Whether you’re still managing your emotions around this issue or looking for ways to introduce such nutrients into your child’s diet, here are some ways to make those veggies more delicious than ever.