Archive - May 2007
May 10, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Rick Heinrichs’ first job more than 30 years ago was serving up food at Mister Up’s Restaurant in Middlebury.
On May 25, Heinrichs — now an Academy Award winning production designer — will help serve up the latest installment of the wildly popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series on which he worked in such exotic locales as the Bahamas.
Heinrichs, a former Shoreham resident, was in Middlebury late last week to give some cinema-related pointers to dozens of aspiring actors and film production students at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center’s Addison Repertory Theater (A.R.T.).
During a far-ranging presentation that included projection images of the soon-to-be-released “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” Heinrichs recounted the challenges of creating the sets and props that breathe life into today’s multi-million-dollar blockbusters.
May 7, 2007
By MEGAN JAMES
BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard late last month voted to cut short Police Chief Lonnie Hatman’s three-year contract, which was due to expire at the end of June.
At the recommendation of Town Manager Keith Arlund, who would not reveal the reason for the decision citing the confidentiality of personnel issues, the four selectmen at the April 23 meeting — Kellie Patten, Bruce Brown, Mitch Pearl and Richard Baker — voted in favor of Hatman’s firing. Board chair Bill Hatch was absent.
Selectmen also voted to appoint Lt. Christopher Brickell as acting police chief.
As of last Friday, Arlund couldn’t say whether he had a permanent replacement in mind, or when town officials would begin to look for one.
“We’re evaluating the situation as we speak,” he said.
May 7, 2007
By MEGAN JAMES
MIDDLEBURY — The hassles that regularly accompany graduation ceremonies, namely, traffic and anxious parents, might be exaggerated at Middlebury College’s commencement this year, college officials say. Who’s to blame?
Bill Clinton, of course.
The former president will address the nearly 600 members of the class of 2007 on Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m., outside on the green below Mead Chapel. Unlike in years past, for security and overcrowding reasons, guests at the event will need to have tickets.
“We didn’t have any way of knowing just how much interest we were likely to have in the commencement,” said Secretary of the College John Emerson, who is helping to plan the event. But as of the end of April, the college is expecting to accommodate up to 8,000 people, including students, faculty and staff — about 2,000 more than normal.
May 3, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents are being challenged to come up with three specific projects designed to creatively energize the town’s economy, which has taken a few hits in recent months.
The Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) “Creative Communities Program” periodically loans select towns consultants and other resources to brainstorm ideas on how to improve the local economy in a way that uses a community’s unique assets — such as its location, geographic attributes, special products and/or homegrown talent.
In February Middlebury applied to become a part of the Creative Communities Program, which has already provided services to nine other Vermont towns, including Hardwick and Rutland.
Green Up Day is Saturday, May 5
Find out what is going on in your town and join in. Local Green Up Day coordinators and their contact information are provided here.
• Starr Phillips/759-2421. Contact Phillips to receive bags and to coordinate coverage areas. When bags are full, drop them off in the town dump truck, which will be parked at Addison Four Corners all weekend long.
• Jim Leary/247-9595. Leary will be at the bandstand in Central Park from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday to hand out doughnuts, coffee, hot chocolate, Green Up bags and road assignments. When participants are finished, they should bring their filled bags to the transfer station, if they can, or call Leary to let him know where they have left them by the side of the road. He encourages people to wear gloves.