Archive - Oct 2009
ADDISON COUNTY — This Saturday, Oct. 24, people will be cycling through the streets of Kitale, Kenya. In Beirut, Lebanon, others will ride buses handing out flyers. The people of Chitral, Pakistan, will play an all-day game of freestyle polo. And in towns throughout Addison County, people will eat, ride bikes, drum and ring church bells.
The cause that unites these far-flung events is climate change. The vehicle: 350.org, an organization started close to home, in Middlebury.
For all too long, firefighting in America has been the sole monopoly of government, usually organized at the very local level of cities and communities and often relying on volunteers. While firefighting serves the community, this public stranglehold needs to be broken for a variety of reasons.
BRISTOL — In a competitive match on Tuesday, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team scored twice in the first 41 minutes and then held off determined host Mount Abraham to win, 2-0.
The win was the third straight for the 6-5 Commodores after a four-game losing streak. Unofficially, they are No. 5 in the Division-II standings.
Senior midfielder Gen Cohn, who set up sophomore Kenadi Dattilio’s pad goal in the second half’s first minute, said the Commodores have bounced back from their losing streak.
MIDDLEBURY — The developers of a proposed gravel pit off Route 116 in Middlebury told a crowd of more than 80 neighbors at a public hearing in a packed Ilsley Library conference room Monday that their plan would not appreciably add to noise or traffic in the residential area.
MIDDLEBURY — Addressing a crowd of around 50 farmers Monday night at the Middlebury American Legion, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., offered a few words of support for dairy farmers struggling to make a living: the dairy crisis isn’t a Vermont issue or a New England issue so much as a national one, and lawmakers are paying attention.
MIDDLEBURY — A local nonprofit will soon launch a competition in which the winner will be the one to have accomplished the least.
Sounds strange? Yes — until one realizes that the participants’ objective is to consume the least amount of energy possible.
And that’s exactly what 15 local businesses have pledged to do during the next three months as part of “Middlebury Unplugged,” a challenge organized by the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF).
MIDDLEBURY — So far, despite rumors to the contrary, Middlebury College has seen no confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus this year.
That’s according to Dr. Mark Peluso, the director of the college’s health center. Peluso said the school is seeing some cases of “influenza-like” illness, but none of the samples the college has sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have tested positive for the swine flu.
I woke at 6 a.m. to the sound of steady rain on a metal roof. I’d been vaguely aware of the low rumble for several hours — it had swirled through the restless moments of my sleep. Awake, I was fully aware of the sound. I lay in place for several minutes carrying on an internal debate about the implications of that rain — which I knew was a cold one, just a few degrees warmer than sleet. Finally, I rose to dress for hunting.