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November 10th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — John Rizner wasn’t getting much out of high school in West Dudley, Mass., back in 1946. So he quit school and decided to get a tutorial from Uncle Sam, which turned into a 22-year-lesson with the United States Army that included a lot of international travel and service during two wars.
MIDDLEBURY — Robert Many credits two things for helping him through his service in the Korean War: his faith and his ability to type.
Many grew up in Salisbury and attended elementary school there. He played baseball at Middlebury High School and claims his fastball was so fast he earned the nickname “Fireball,” which he has kept to this day.
“I could have played for the Red Sox but farming nearly killed me,” he said.
FERRISBURGH — American Legion Post 14 Commander Paul Paquin, like most American men who came of age in the 1960s, remembers how he chose to deal with the issue of serving in the Vietnam War.
Paquin, a Sheffield native born in 1947 whose family moved to a New Haven dairy farm in 1958, was working there when the recruiters approached him with the draft looming.
“Listen to what vets say … and what they don’t say.”
I have lived with a veteran all my life — first my father, then my husband. Both men were profoundly affected by their military experiences.
My father, Walter G. Eaton, talked constantly of World War II, living the campaigns of Africa, Italy and France over and over again. Almost 60 years ago, when I was seven, I could recite his stories — and right before he died in 1996, I heard him telling his physician the same ones.
BRISTOL — There’s a new dentist in Addison County; or more accurately, an old dentist.
Many residents remember the dental practice Dr. Jim Cossaart owned in Middlebury from 2000 to 2008. After returning to his native Kansas for six years, Cossaart and his wife, Deb, returned to Vermont this summer and last month opened up a new practice in Bristol.
The Cossaarts opened the new office, Bristol Park Dental, at the beginning of October. Jim Cossaart said it’s nice to be back in Vermont.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School will present its annual fall musical on Nov. 13-15 in the newly renovated VUHS auditorium. An ensemble cast of 50 VUHS students in grades 7-12 will sing and dance in “The Little Mermaid,” based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Show times are Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13 and 14, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School brings the hilarious and heart-warming “Legally Blonde, the Musical” to the stage Nov. 14-16.
Based on the popular movie starring Reese Witherspoon, the musical follows Elle Woods (Hannah Roque), who appears to have it all as Delta Nu sorority president in sunny California. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law School.
STARKSBORO — This summer, Stephen Ahern taught Isaiah Szczecienski how to build a skin boat. The two worked all summer — using nearly all donated materials — making plans, bending wood and tying the “skin” to the frame to make a watertight canoe, fit for its maiden voyage on Lake Iroquois. The two presented their completed project to the students and staff of Robinson School at a weekly MARS (Meeting At Robinson School) gathering.