April 9th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Betty Hampel makes it very clear that it’s not about the money. Just like her cat Cricket thrives on “sunshine and love,” she’s taken a similar approach to her writing.
“Artists are this way,” the Middlebury author said. “As long as they’ve got somewhere warm to sleep, food to eat, something to write on, they’re fine. You really don’t need much else.”
As the Senate takes up the House passed education bill, H.361, the goal in the legislation is to take small steps toward progress, allow for local control and not threaten schools or communities with repercussions that cause undue hardship. The legislation does this, ironically, by being purposely imprecise. But it’s that imprecision that critics have attacked.
MIDDLEBURY — The various workshops at the Addison County Relocalization Network’s 2015 Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday will feature a range of local experts that will offer helpful, practical information.
The event at Middlebury Union High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will also feature more than 50 exhibits, as well as music, children’s programs and local foods. The admission fee is $5 for adults, students and children over 12; and $2 for children under 12.
Here is a sampling of the workshops offered:
It was quite the jolt to those who witnessed it — medical officials and police converging upon Middlebury College campus last Thursday morning, rushing into one of the dorms.
Was someone badly hurt, or worse? Was it perhaps a case of excessive partying coming home to roost for a student? Were there any public safety or health concerns for people inside or outside of the dorm? Was it safe to go inside the dorm?
One of the downsides of us still having a landline — besides all the young people thinking we’re geezers — is that pretty much the only calls we get on it are from telemarketers.
Last week, I got one that really threw me. The caller said she was from the Cancer Is Really Awful Foundation or something, one of those vaguely real-sounding organizations that either save millions of lives or are shams run out of abandoned warehouses. You never can tell.
An Addison County, Middlebury icon. How many of us have walked through the aisles of Greg’s hearing the voice, “Can I help you find something?” or “Good morning, you look well”? Plus a hug to many of his customers.
Greg’s Meat Market did very well. The true success was driven by a caring individual whose absence created a real void for many of us who relied on Greg’s products and personal service. Little is known of Greg’s caring, his generosity to the elderly and unfortunate.
The news has seemed sour and sad too often these last weeks: the steady parade of people who don’t want to have to see any solar panels out their windows, the attack on small schools, and the demise of Greg’s Market. And then I read the usually wonderful Greg Dennis decrying Otter Creek Brewery for phasing out Copper Ale and replacing it with the new Backseat Berner.
Let me get this straight: The House of Representatives and the Senate, dating back some six years and with support for the governor’s office in recent years, have consistently outspent income by a wide margin yet we are supposed to feel good about this year’s balancing act because all is well with the efforts to cut spending.
There is no victory in this budget.