July 10th, 2014
PANTON — Panton’s charter change, which residents approved on Town Meeting Day and the Vermont Legislature supported this past winter with only minor language changes, became official on July 1 — and three key town jobs are no longer elected positions.
The Panton selectboard met on Tuesday to choose a town clerk, treasurer and delinquent tax collector, and chose to re-appoint the elected incumbents — clerk Jean Miller, treasurer Diane Merrill and tax collector Barbara Fleming.
RIPTON — When Ian McNeely arrived at the Bread Loaf School of English this June, he turned to a nearby student and asked, “What is this place?”
McNeely had been hired as a member of the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble only a few weeks before the Bread Loaf sessions began after two other actors had to back out, and so had had little time to prepare for his time in Ripton. In fact, he admitted with a grin, he didn’t even have time to Google the place.
“I was a replacement of a replacement,” McNeely said.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s campus is far from empty every summer after undergraduate students depart. The college’s summer language schools, established nearly a century ago, provide an influx of new faces for six to eight weeks every June.
Language school students are normally prohibited from speaking English at any point during the program, leading to the slogan, “No English Spoken Here.” The annual appearance of foreign-language-speaking students has become a familiar phenomenon to Middlebury residents and business owners.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School has received national recognition for excellence in global education from the student exchange program EF High School Exchange Year. Recently, Principal Andy Kepes was presented with the EF Global Education Excellence Award by Enrique Serrano, an EF High School Exchange Year student from Spain. This award is presented annually to high schools that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness.
VERGENNES — Accidents and traffic law enforcement kept Vergennes police busy between June 30 and July 6, a seven-day period in which they handled eight mostly minor accidents and handed out significant tickets or paperwork after four motor vehicle stops.
The biggest ticket came just after midnight on July 1, when police stopped a full-size tractor-trailer unit on Monkton Road, which has a 24,000-pound limit. Police said they issued the driver a $4,500 ticket when the truck weighed in at 50,000 pounds.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated reports of some vehicle break-ins in town on July 7.
Someone entered and rifled through the contents of a vehicle parked in the Twin Circles area, though nothing was apparently taken.
Thieves did however steal some items from two vehicles parked off Brookside Drive.
“There they go again.”
The Gipper (President Ronald Reagan) said it of Democrats in the 1980s for what he claimed was twisting the truth in congressional battles. The same phrase could be used in Vermont these days as opponents of Gov. Peter Shumlin and his administration produce a continous chorus of negativity about the state’s economy.
I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that I have the worst sense of direction of anyone I know — it’s pretty awful. (That might actually be an understatement.) The street grids of New York are as daunting to me as unmarked gravel roads in Vermont, and no matter how hard I try, I never know which way is north.