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August 22nd, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — It takes a special kind of person to volunteer for a job that entails dragging themselves out of bed and into a snowstorm in the middle of the night because someone’s fire alarm went off. Although being able to help those in need is the main draw for many fledgling firefighters, the realities of firefighting also involve extensive training, unpredictable hours and, especially for the leaders of fire departments, the mundanity of administrative tasks.
MIDDLEBURY — The second annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) will begin rolling this Thursday, Aug. 25, with a four-day extravaganza for the senses, headlined by the screening of 77 films produced by some of the country’s budding cinematographic talents (see related story).
VERGENNES — While Bixby Memorial Free Library officials and patrons last week celebrated recent work that allows more people to enter the city landmark at the same time (see story, Page 1), the library board members are also amid a months-long process that will help them decide how the Bixby will use its new capacity.
By the end of the year, Bixby officials intend to have in place a new strategic plan that should cover at least the next three years.
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Producer Lloyd Komesar and MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven are anticipating many highlights during the four-day festival, Aug. 25-28.
Among those high note events will be:
MIDDLEBURY — As parents and children across Addison County head to stationery stores for new notebooks and backpacks to prepare for the new school year, the MiddView Orientation team at Middlebury College is getting ready to welcome its 606 first-year students to the Green Mountain State.
MONTPELIER — In 2015, our nation lost over 35,000 lives on our roadways, 57 of which were in Vermont. Impairment by alcohol, drugs or both was a contributing factor in almost half of last year’s fatal crashes in Vermont.
BURLINGTON — Following new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nasal spray flu vaccine will not be available in the U.S. for the upcoming flu season. Instead, all flu vaccinations will be given as a standard shot.