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February 13th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — On Sunday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. the local nonprofit group, Spirit in Nature, will hold its annual meeting in the downstairs conference room at Ilsley Library. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Spirit in Nature maintains a series of forest paths along Goshen Road in Ripton with quotations on trees that highlight how different and diverse religions and spiritual traditions converge around their view of nature.
BRISTOL — St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol will host “All You Can Eat” fish fries on three Fridays during Lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter).
On March 10, March 24 and April 7, 5-7 p.m., the public is invited to the St. Ambrose Parish Hall just west of the village green for the dinners. The menu will include fried or baked haddock, French fries, coleslaw, a beverage and dessert.
LINCOLN — A group of women meet each Wednesday morning at the Lincoln Library who love to color. Yes, coloring books are no longer just for the kids. In fact, adult coloring books are all the rage right now. And while researchers and art therapists alike have touted the calming benefits for years, now you can join a group led by a professional artist that is able to give you those tips and pointers that make all the difference.
MIDDLEBURY — Age Well’s Third Tuesday Luncheon will take place Tuesday, Feb. 21, after 11 a.m., at the Middlebury Rec Center, on Creek Road. Geoff Conrad will unravel the mysteries of the Middlebury Rotary Club with a presentation of their past and present service missions. A special noontime meal will feature swiss steak with brown gravy, baked stuffed potato, broccoli with cheese sauce, dinner roll and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
ORWELL — The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Vermont (GFWC-VT), which includes the Orwell Fortnightly Club, announces the availability of scholarships for Vermont women who have been homemakers and who have lost their main means of support through separation or divorce from their spouse or the death, disability or long-term unemployment of their spouse.
The scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. Women receiving the awards over the years have come from a wide range of towns in the state.
Vladimir Putin is a Russian who understands Russian history. He is swayed only by his pragmatism and has a very precise picture of what he wants for Russia in the world today.
President Donald Trump has a sparse record on the policy level and can only be measured by his statements since the beginning of the primary campaign.
Keep in mind that Russia is still very much our enemy. The fascinating thing is that Putin’s stated goals seem to be almost completely in harmony with those of Trump. Precisely what are those goals?
This week’s writer is Dr. Fred Kniffin, CEO of Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.
Regarding the proposed affiliation between Porter Medical Center and the University of Vermont Health Network: Months of communication and due diligence are paying off. This important project is now in the homestretch. We are close, really close, to a deal that serves PMC and our community well. An update is in order.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes bested host Mount Abraham to highlight area high school boys’ basketball play late last week. In other games, Fair Haven topped Otter Valley in a Marble Valley League showdown, and first-place St. Albans subdued Middlebury in a Lake Division contest.
The Commodores led for most of the way, but the Eagles hung close as VUHS prevailed, 58-51, on Friday in a packed Mount Abe gym.