August 13th, 2012
My Vermont summer is rapidly coming to a close, and with that, I am happy that I finally made it to one of the most elusive places on my list: the roof of Bicentennial Hall on the Middlebury College campus. The looming presence of the building is one that I know very well, but its top floor is another story.
NEW HAVEN — After 32 years as a Vermont state senator, Vince Illuzzi knows the inner workings of state government like the back of his hand. It’s experience that the Derby Republican wants to put to work for Vermonters as state auditor.
Illuzzi, 58, will face Burlington Democrat Doug Hoffer for the state auditor’s post, being vacated this year by incumbent Republican Tom Salmon.
BRISTOL — The Bristol-based Wells Mountain Foundation this month will award a combined total of $85,000 in scholarships to around 50 students worldwide. Most of the recipients have overcome personal tragedies and all have vowed to use their education to better their respective countries.
NEW HAVEN –– Paper, stickers, foam, glue, string, ribbon, buttons, markers, pens and pencils covered the table located in the entrance of the 4-H Exhibit Hall at Addison County Fair and Field Days last week. A few kids sat at the table, making greeting cards and neatening up, always on the lookout for people willing to stop by.
VERGENNES — Music, which is said to be the great communicator, will soon be a vehicle for social change in Vergennes.
The first-ever Youth Awareness fundraiser concert, organized by Ferrisburgh resident Jackie Rivers, will be held in the Vergennes Opera House on Aug. 19from 4 to 8 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Magazine sales promotion company RetailVision will close its doors in Middlebury’s industrial park at the end of October, a move that will eliminate around 25 local jobs.
“We did announce last week to our employees in Vermont that we will be shutting down that office by end of October,” Stephanie Justice, chief administrative officer of RetailVision’s Florida-based corporate owner, Source Interlink Companies (SIM), said in an Aug. 9 e-mail response to the Addison Independent.
MIDDLEBURY — During his almost three decades as a reporter with The New York Times, Barnaby J. Feder strived to give his readers the essential ingredients of a story without including his personal opinions or biases.
Now, in his new career as the Rev. Feder of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) in Middlebury, it’s all about getting personal.
VERMONT — The results are in. In an attempt to find more economical and environmentally friendly alternatives for getting to work, the 2012 Way to Go Commuter Challenge was a success and saw growth in participation across the state. And one Addison County municipality was singled out for its extraordinary efforts to save gasoline.