August 19th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury during the 19th and early 20th centuries was known for its marble and the ability to export it via an active rail system.
Well, Middlebury’s Marble Works is now a shopping center and train traffic is sparse, but the town might soon get an artistic and utilitarian reminder of its industrial and transportation heritage.
VERGENNES —Vergennes is seeking a $180,000 VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program grant to extend a city sidewalk along North Main Street from the Vergennes Redemption Center to Champlain Discount Foods, a stretch of road that includes the Kennedy Brothers building, according to draft minutes from the city council’s July 23 meeting.
MIDDLEBURY — The Town Hall Theater’s “Young Company” is back for its third season and for the first time ever is capping its three-week acting and ensemble-building camp with not one, but two plays of a very different nature. The group on Monday, Aug. 19, will stage “Aladdin,” a Disney musical, and Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of “Antigone,” a classical Greek drama whose eponymous heroine is the incestuous lovechild of Oedipus and his mother.
VERGENNES — The Little City kicks off its annual Vergennes Day festivities on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. with a street dance on Main Street and in City Park. Snacks and Mexican food will be available and children can play in the Bouncy House. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
VERGENNES — A combination of building improvements, technology upgrades, strong fundraising and new programming has created optimism among Bixby Memorial Library officials that the Vergennes fixture can survive its current financial crisis and become a more thriving part of the five communities it serves.
“It is true that you’re either growing or shrinking,” said Bixby Executive Director Jane Spencer. “I think the board has made the decision that we’re moving forward.”
In recent months, the Bixby has:
MIDDLEBURY — Dancer Patty Smith continues her exploration of dominion — of one species over another, of one race over another, of one gender over another — in a solo performance titled “Animal Dances” on Friday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.
MIDDLEBURY — It was almost 20 years ago that Molly Hawley assisted a Cleveland, Ohio, ophthalmology office in creating a coloring book to help relieve pre-appointment jitters for child patients. Youngsters could color in the pictures of the mysterious high-tech eye equipment and at the same time learn that their impending exam would be largely pain-free.
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