November 19th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — December has to count among the least popular months during which to camp out in the Green Mountain State. But many homeless people don’t have any choice but to brave the elements during the winter, and it is in recognition of that fact that the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter is scheduling its second annual “Sleep-Out” for Dec. 5 near the Otter Creek falls in Middlebury.
BRISTOL — Bristol Elementary School sixth-graders got a civics lesson last week when their respectfully conducted protests changed school policy.
“I’ve learned that if something doesn’t feel right to you or if you don’t like a rule then you should tell someone or you should possibly try to change that rule, like what we did,” said Bristol sixth-grader Kaia Companion, one of the protesters.
Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.
Education for Plato is all about the ascent of the soul. Higher education is its culmination, the end of a process that, we must not forget, begins with pre-natal care. In Book VII of the Republic there is a portrayal of this ascent that repeats much of what I wrote about in the previous essay. It is worth retelling.
MIDDLEBURY — November is a time to honor the thousands of personal care attendants, home care aides, nurses, social workers and therapists who make a positive difference in the lives of patients and their families. These special caregivers have an important role in homes across the country as well as in our health care system. National Home Care and Hospice Month is an ideal time to raise awareness about the importance of home care services and celebrate the Addison County Home Health & Hospice (ACHHH) team.
MIDDLEBURY — What’s fact and what’s fiction in the recent Oscar-winning film “The Imitation Game” about Alan Turing and the effort to crack German codes in World War II? Why was the real Turing an even more interesting character than the one Benedict Cumberbatch portrays? What does a real Enigma machine look like and how does it work?
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center announces its 17th annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit, which will take place at VFC headquarters at 88 Main St. in Middlebury from Dec. 4 through Dec. 22. The opening reception is Friday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Registration forms are available online at www.vermontfolklifecenter.org or in person at the VFC. Entrants should read the forms carefully for deadlines and construction rules. Prizes of Middlebury Money will be awarded in each category. These certificates are redeemable at over 100 local businesses.
VERGENNES — The annual Silent Auction of Gift Baskets to benefit the Bixby Memorial Library has begun. “Distinctively Vermont, Uniquely Local” is the theme this year. The auction closes at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, the day of the Vergennes Holiday Stroll.
LINCOLN — The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity is holding a free Vermont Health Connect enrollment event at the Lincoln Library on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5-8 p.m.
Attendees will meet with an experienced Navigator to get in-person information and support in enrolling for health insurance coverage. Most Vermonters are eligible for reductions to premium and out-of-pocket costs when they apply.