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March 27th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — The four candidates for a one-year vacancy on the Middlebury selectboard sat down on March 21 in front of their potential future colleagues for brief interviews, and all four earned positive reviews.
The six members of the Middlebury board will choose the seventh member at their meeting this Tuesday from among a field of candidates: One Dollar Market owner Farhad Khan, former Selectmen Gary Baker and Travis Forbes, and Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) finance director Jennifer Molineaux.
RIPTON — The students at the North Branch School, an independent middle school in Ripton, are holding the first-ever Pokey Stick World Finals in March to support fundraising for children in Haiti.
Pokey stick is a game invented by the students at the school. Using components of tag and hunting, as well as elements from the novel “The Lord of the Flies,” contestants use the school’s 10 acres of woods and fields to play a unique and thrilling game of hide and seek.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says warm spring weather and melting snows will cause bears to come out of their winter dens in search of food. The department recommends taking down bird feeders on April 1 to avoid attracting them.
Bears are very fond of suet and bird seed, especially black oil sunflower seed. Bringing feeders in at night doesn’t work, because bears will still feed on seed that is spilled on the ground.
MIDDLEBURY — Why do American yogis blend Hinduism, Buddhism and Native American religions in their homilies and practice? More generally, why does American spirituality routinely blend indigenous and Asian traditions as evidenced by the “New Age” section of the average American bookstore?
Middlebury College visiting lecturer Amanda Lucia will address these questions in an April 6 lecture titled, “Romanticizing the Premodern: Charting Indices of Indigenous and Asian Religions in Contemporary American Spirituality.”
MIDDLEBURY — The deposits into Stanford Pritchard’s National Bank of Middlebury account arrive at random hours, but usually in the middle of the night.
Of course, that makes perfect sense. The funds come from a literary agency in Seoul, South Korea, and the day’s quietest hours in small-town Vermont are the busiest in a hub of Asian commerce.
Pritchard, a writer born in Washington, D.C., and educated at Haverford College and the University of Chicago, moved to Middlebury in 1978 with a former flame.
BRISTOL — A Bristol woman, who recently completed a 21-month federal prison sentence, is facing her third embezzlement case in seven years following a report of money disappearing from a local market, court records show.
Billie LaFlam, 44, of Mountain Road has been ordered by judges to make more than $100,000 in restitution in recent years.
SHOREHAM — Raj Bhakta is surrounded by whiskey, so it’s no stretch for him to make a toast.
And the ubiquitous founder of Shoreham-based WhistlePig Rye Whiskey believes he has much to celebrate right now, with the release last week of the company’s first installment of whiskey using natural resources culled from the 400-acre farm off Quiet Valley Road.
Bhakta also announced the litigation that once threatened his position within the company he founded almost a decade ago has come to an end.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday revealed his pick to be the next justice on Vermont’s top court.
Scott named Judge Karen Russell Carroll to fill the seat on the state Supreme Court that will be vacated by Justice John Dooley at the end of this month. Carroll will be appointed April 1.
Carroll has had a lengthy career in Vermont, as both a prosecutor and on the bench — including presiding over an unusual case in which a sharply divided state Supreme Court later overturned the conviction because of her conduct.