This week’s writer is Matt Dunne, a fellow at the Vermont Law School Center for Legal Innovation a former Google executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
This is in response to Nancy Heatley’s Letter to the Editor on Sept. 8, 2016. One doesn’t need to look across the country to find a program like the Stuart House in Santa Monica, Calif. There is a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) right here in Middlebury that serves all of Addison County. The CAC is tasked with addressing sexual assault and serious child abuse through multidisciplinary investigation and intervention. The CAC has specially trained, trauma-informed investigators that interview children.
VERMONT — For many Americans, decorations have become popular for just about every holiday there is to celebrate; we love to pull out the Easter baskets, bunnies and eggs in the spring, then pack them away and replace them with flags for the Fourth, then witches and ghosts for Halloween, colorful ears of corn and gourds for Thanksgiving and then, of course come the winter holidays.
MIDDLEBURY — A young red-headed boy from the small town of Fayston sat quietly as he watched the artists collecting the glowing molten glass with the ends of their steel pipes. He was only 8 years old when he discovered this magic taking place before his eyes. He drew the connection between the process he was watching, and the product; the Italian glass he admired in the antique shop down the road was created this way. It was 1976 and Michael Egan had discovered glass blowing, an art he would someday master.
MIDDLEBURY — Fieldwork has taken on a new meaning for Middlebury College students enrolled in this fall’s Environmental Studies senior seminar.
Nineteen students are taking an in-depth look at Vermont’s dairy industry by working with local farmers and organizations such as the University of Vermont’s Extension Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to create reports and other end-of-course products with real-world applications.
ADDISON COUNTY — Twelve Middlebury, five Mount Abraham/Vergennes, and eight Otter Valley union high school football players earned Division I, II or III postseason honors, respectively, from their league coaches.
In D-I, two Tigers earned first-team mention, Trey Kaufmann as a linebacker and Andrew Gleason as a defensive back.
The other picks were:
• Offensive Line: Jaro Perera, Second Team, and Nathan Warren, Honorable Mention.
SALISBURY — Town Hall Theater officials are giving area woodworkers a plum assignment using some well-seasoned cherry planks. It’s pretty straightforward; use the wood to make a fine piece of furniture or artwork, have it displayed at the Middlebury theater, and then harvest 50 percent of the proceeds once it is sold.
The other half of the sales price will go to the theater to help fortify its operating budget.
ADDISON COUNTY — Twenty-one members of the Mount Abraham, Middlebury, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high school girls’ soccer teams have received postseason honors from the Lake Division or the Marble Valley League C Division.
Topping the list was Eagle senior Ernesta McIntosh, who was named the Lake Division Defensive Player of the Year a season after being tabbed as the league’s offensive player of the year. Her Eagle teammate Lydia Pitts, also a defender, joined her this season as a Lake Division First-Team All-Star.