January 12th, 2017
VERGENNES — Pamela Smith’s Posters for Peace were painted in the spring of 2009 while she was living in Kathmandu, Nepal, during a time of revolution as the last king of Nepal abdicated his throne. Kathmandu was in a state of turmoil and Smith was trapped in her home for 19 days listening to helicopters, gunshots and rioting outside. It was during those 19 days that Smith created this body of work.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team started each half on Tuesday vs. visiting Missisquoi with big runs and cruised to a 51-39 victory.
The Tigers, who improved to 3-2 with the result, opened the first quarter with an 18-2 surge as their press forced a dozen T-Bird turnovers and led to a dozen fast-break points.
Junior guard Keagan Dunbar sparked MUHS with 11 of her game-high 24 points in the opening period, including four transition layups, three of them lefthanded. She also tallied six steals.
VERMONT — What do 400 electricians, more than 2,000 nurses, and nearly 500 software developers have in common?
According to a newly updated brochure released this month by the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor, these are some of the most promising jobs expected in Vermont over the next 10 years. As this data makes clear, high-pay, high-demand jobs do exist in the Green Mountain State. However, they largely require training and/or education beyond high school.
WOODSTOCK — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ and girls’ Nordic ski teams swept 5-kilometer skate-style races on Jan. 6 hosted by Woodstock.
The girls’ squad — highlighted by freshman Malia Hodges’ first-place finish and five skiers in the top 13 — dominated Brattleboro, Woodstock, Mount Anthony, St. Johnsbury and Rutland.
BURLINGTON — Howard Center CEO Bob Bick recently announced the appointment of Cathie Buscaglia of Monkton to the position of Director of Innovation. Cathie will be responsible for developing externally focused entrepreneurial ventures to help diversify funding to improve the financial sustainability of Howard Center in a changing and challenging funding environment with the aim of preserving service to our community.
BRIDPORT — David Girard, 56, of Bridport, is the lucky winner of the 2016 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery. With his lifetime license, Girard will be entitled to hunt and fish for free for life. He was drawn as the winner from among 10,067 lottery tickets purchased in 2016.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department holds the drawing annually and presents a lifetime hunting and fishing license to the winner.
I am often asked about the differences between the Chamber of Commerce and other local business groups such as the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), the Middlebury Business Development Fund (MBDF) or one of the downtown organizations (Better Middlebury Partnership, Vergennes Partnership, Bristol CORE). My answer might surprise you.