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September 24th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe has won a $753,166 federal grant that will allow the Middlebury nonprofit to continue its fight against domestic violence and sexual assault in Addison County and neighboring Rochester.
The grant is actually a three-year extension in funding for which WomenSafe first successfully applied through the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Violence Against Women back in 2007. It is money the DOJ has earmarked for rural communities needing help in combatting crimes against women — including dating violence and stalking.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services (MREMS) board on Monday elected a new slate of officers, headed by David Pistilli, new chairman of the panel.
Pistilli’s priorities for the nonprofit include planning (and saving resources) for replacement of MREMS’ fleet of ambulances, retiring the organization’s debt and searching for a new executive director.
MIDDLEBURY — The John W. Graham Emergency Shelter is marking its 35th year with a new organizational name and the acquisition of an apartment building in Middlebury offering four affordable apartments for people transitioning from homelessness.
It was in 1980 that the shelter was founded in Vergennes to provide temporary, emergency housing for people with no other place to stay. The organization has since evolved into much more, providing transitional housing, transportation, substance abuse counseling, and help in applying for benefits and finding a job.
MIDDLEBURY — Area residents will be seeing Addison County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD) patrol officers out in the field earlier and later than they have been accustomed to seeing them. That’s because the department has adopted a new “flex” schedule that will place cruisers on the road as early as 6 a.m. and into the evening hours.
Socrates was not handsome. He was short, stocky, thick limbed, bow-legged, and large headed. He had a snub nose and protruding eyes, which served him well. His detractors called him a busybody, a buttonholer. He had the ability in extraordinary measure to engage people in conversation, fixing them in the intense glance of his bulging eyes, and to cause them to admit things about themselves that they did not care to acknowledge. And this is how he spent his time.
MIDDLEBURY — Perhaps you have seen him driving his Tiger Pride school bus with the large “M” on the front and “Tigers” on the back. Or perhaps you are one of the hundreds of people who drive by his Salisbury home each December to see his home and yard lavishly decorated with thousands of holiday lights and decorations. If so, you will understand why Wayne D. Smith has been named as this year’s inductee to the Middlebury High School/Middlebury Union High School Hall of Fame.
VERGENNES — Jenny Bower started playing piano around 4 years old, in a free-for-all class for preschoolers. She kept with it and in her third year at Oberlin College she realized that she was more interested in historical instruments.
She was drawn to the organ because her church had recently lost its organist, and then she had a string of inspiring organ teachers, including James David Christie, one of the founding fathers of the modern historical performance movement in the United States.
VERGENNES — Fifteen members of the school boards and communities in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union have been chosen to serve on an Act 46 Study Committee that is charged with studying school unification. The committee, which will begin meeting next Monday evening, aims to develop a plan that will be on Town Meeting Day ballots.
The committee members, appointed by the three elementary school boards, are: