May 5th, 2016
Editor’s note: This Sunday, May 8, marks 71 years since the Allied Victory in Europe, known as VE Day. In May 1945 as World War II came to an end in Europe, George Jaeger, now a New Haven resident, found himself celebrating the end of hostilities in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. Just shy of 19 years old, he had crossed Europe as a GI war crimes investigator with Fifth Corps Headquarters, which had been assigned for the last push to Gen. George Patton’s Third Army.
MIDDLEBURY — About 516 individuals and 77 relay teams competed in the eighth annual Middlebury Maple Run this past Sunday under cloudy skies, temps in the low 50s and a steady drizzle later on in the morning. It was the first rainy day of the event’s eight-year history, but runners stayed cool and fast times prevailed.
WHITING — Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8.
The Addison Independent asked students at Whiting Elementary School to tell us why they celebrate their moms on Mother’s Day. Here’s what they said:
Mrs. Van De Weert’s 4, 5 and 6 class
“I appreciate my mom because she cooks the deer and turkey that I shoot, even though she doesn’t like it.” – Mikey, age 11
“I love my mom because she is funny, kind, sweet, and snuggles with me.” – Morgan, age 10
Serviceberries are beautiful little understory trees that flourish along the hedgerows of our backcountry roads. For most of the year they are completely anonymous. Then, one spring morning, almost like magic they burst out of the shadows to cover themselves with delicate white flowers — it is like snow in springtime!
Serviceberries bloom before the forest leafs out. So it is an unforgettable sight on a misty spring morning to see this lacy white veil peeking out from under the still bare canopy of taller maple and ash.
PANTON — While Green Mountain Power waits for the Public Service Board to approve a huge solar array in Panton, GMP officials and the town selectboard have been working on details of not only a company pledge to Panton to upgrade town buildings, but also a larger effort to make energy-efficiency improvements available to Panton farms, businesses and homes.
MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the Vermont Gran Fondo this week said the third edition of the Addison County bike ride, set for Saturday, June 4, will have a number of enhancements. For one, cyclists will find a stretch of Middlebury’s Exchange Street transformed into a hub where riders can take advantage of a bicycle safety check the night before, find convenient parking and grab coffee on ride-day morning, and take a shower upon finishing.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury is pursuing a second environmental assessment of the historic powerhouse structure at the base of the downtown Otter Creek falls to determine what, if any, cleanup will be needed at the site the town acquired from a local land trust several years ago.
The town is currently requesting proposals from four pre-qualified firms to complete a “Phase II Environmental Site Assessment” for the powerhouse property, also known as the David Page Cotton Mill site.
SHOREHAM —Shoreham’s Platt Memorial Library is celebrating the dedicated work of nearly 60 volunteers with an open house and reception on Sunday, May 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.
As part of the reception, the library will unveil its newly renovated Vermont Room and kick off a summer-long fundraising raffle for a painting by Shoreham artist Deb Holmes.