October 13th, 2011
On the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan last Friday, a loyal group of protestors stood on the Bristol green for their weekly ritual — making a statement against war because they feel it’s important to not let this nation’s participation in that war go unchallenged.
Two weeks ago the Addison Central Teen Center in Middlebury almost had to close for a routine board meeting. The number of volunteers is so low that the director wasn’t going to be able to staff the center during the board’s meeting he was to attend.
So when my fiancée Mairead, who regularly volunteers there, asked me to help out, I said, “Sure, why not?”
Gov. Shumlin and Vermont’s Democratic legislative majorities do not need to be overly concerned about re-election in 2012. However, they do face a major political risk next year: the impacts of Republican control of both the presidency and Congress on Vermont’s fiscal policy.
MIDDLEBURY — If you haven’t been to the new M Gallery, above the Storm Café on Mill Street in Middlebury, mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 15, when Middlebury College students Sam Tolzmann and Madeleine Dai will host an opening of their work at 3 p.m. Wine and light refreshments will be served.
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Senior reporter John Flowers makes a weekly Tuesday radio appearance on Morning News Service, a program on Waterbury-based WDEV, 96.1 FM. He wraps up recent Addison County news for listeners across Vermont.
ADDISON COUNTY — According to recently released 2010 U.S. Census data, 15 Addison County towns gained residents in the past decade, while the other eight communities’ population bases shrank. The numbers also show that the population on the whole is getting older.
Middlebury, Monkton, Leicester, Ferrisburgh and Bristol saw the greatest increase in numbers in terms of overall population. (See chart below.)
Leicester saw the highest percentage increase, followed by Monkton, Ripton, Orwell and Lincoln.
MIDDLEBURY — Nancy Niedzielski’s husband, Randy, was 55 when he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2000. He died six years later after a great deal of suffering and after making a final request of his wife: Help their home state of Washington pass a law to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives.
“He didn’t want anyone else to suffer like he did,” Niedzielski said.
MIDDLEBURY — Sara Nesson was a student at the University of Vermont during the late 1990s when she developed an interest in the stories of Iraq War veterans living in Burlington.
That experience led her to Robynn Murray, a teenager from upstate New York who joined the U.S. Army in 2003 as an enthusiastic recruit and returned from a tour in Iraq at age 20 fighting a personal war against the ravages of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).