Archive - Nov 15, 2007
MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School student Gloria Kamencik leads the chorus line through a rehearsal of the school’s fall musical, “Guys and Dolls.” The show will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen later this month will consider a new “idle-free” policy calling upon motorists to switch off their vehicle engines when they are not traveling.
The new policy is being pitched by the Middlebury Area Global Warming Action Coalition (MAGWAC), an ad hoc citizens group that is working on ways to reduce the community’s carbon footprint. The group reasoned the town could significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions — as well as look after the collective health of its citizens — by adopting an idle-free policy.
November 15, 2007
By MEGAN JAMES
GOSHEN — The tension was palpable at the Goshen selectboard meeting Monday night. With a new chairman, Bruce Webster, at the helm, some two dozen residents clashed over the town government’s spending policies.
The tiny mountain town in the past few months has seen the resignation of several key town officials — including the departure of Town Clerk Erica Sabatini, announced Monday — and is struggling with paying for services with a small tax base.
At the center of the discussion was road foreman Jim Hayes, who at the end of October purchased a $3,000 sander to replace the town’s older, malfunctioning one. According to Hayes, Selectmen David McKinnon and David Gale authorized this purchase at a board meeting in August.
McKinnon and Gale confirmed this, but Webster, who was not on the board at the time — he was appointed to replace Thomasina Magoon when she resigned at the end of September — said he could not find a record of the authorization in the minutes. Sabatini was absent from that meeting and so there were no minutes.
When Webster consulted the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, they told him the sander should not have been purchased without written authorization.
“They said, first of all, if it wasn’t in the minutes, it’s not verifiable, it didn’t happen,” Webster said.
McKinnon and Gale maintained they had advised Hayes to use his discretion, to buy the sander if he deemed it necessary. After all, he has been taking care of the Goshen roads for 11 years, and he has always been frugal, they said.
“We’ve done this three or four sanders before this one,” Gale said. “It’s the way we’ve always done business.”
But Webster said he wants to change the way Goshen does business.
November 15, 2007
By MEGAN JAMES
MIDDLEBURY — “Brooms down. Eyes closed. And the snitch is loose,” boomed Xander Manshel, commissioner emeritus of the Middlebury College Muggle Quidditch League. The crowd cheered as a gold-clad player dashed away and two teams of undergraduates wearing capes and holding broomsticks between their legs took the field.
As the players scurried around Middlebury College’s Battell Beach on Sunday afternoon the first intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup Fall Festival was under way.
The tournament included more than a dozen teams playing the magical sport portrayed in J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter novels. Unlike in the books, where wizards and witches fly through the air on souped up broomsticks, the Middlebury quidditch players remained strictly earthbound. The competition was no less keen, despite the lack of magic.
“It’s a full-contact sport,” said Middlebury sophomore James Schonzeit, as players from another team tackled each other on the field to wild applause. “A violent ballet, of sorts.”
A dozen home teams competed for a final game vs. visiting Vassar College, in an afternoon that featured 12 games, a half-time show and five or six musical and juggling performances. Middlebury, represented by team Molly Wobbles, took the victory as the sun set on the five-hour-long tournament.
The referee, junior Victor Larsen, explained the game using a plethora of Rowling jargon to a hapless reporter lost in the crowd of Harry Potter buffs.
“Only the seekers can touch the quaffle, only the beaters can touch the bludgers,” he said, never peeling his eyes from the action on the field.
“Keepers’ job is to keep, the chasers score, the seekers seek,” he said.