September 20th, 2012
RIPTON — After 20 years of warnings from climate scientists, environmentalists and Al Gore, many would argue that the predicted consequences of global warming are being realized.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board on Tuesday got a glimpse of how the Middlebury-area student population is performing under current state and local measuring sticks — and got a preview of how students will be gauged under a new, national assessment program that will be in place come 2015.
At issue is the “Common Core State Standards (CCSS)” system that within three years will supplant Vermont’s current standardized testing for students through the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).
Middlebury College senior Mike Joseph loves baseball — and now he has a shot, a long shot perhaps, to embark on a career in baseball, having signed a contract in August with the Baltimore Orioles.
As you read this, Mike is in Sarasota, training and competing for a month (15 games) in the Florida Instructional League. He’s the first Panther to join a Major League organization since the early 1950s.
MIDDLEBURY — Entrepreneur Paul Ralston has always had a burning desire to try his hand at businesses that depend on fire. To wit, heat has been an essential ingredient at the Bristol Bakery (which he founded) and at his current, growing venture, the Vermont Coffee Company, where the roasting of beans exudes an intoxicating aroma at its headquarters on Middlebury’s Exchange Street.
ADDISON — On July 1, 1972, Addison Town Clerk Jane Grace first showed up for her new job with son Michael, then 2, in tow.
This Sept. 29, Michael and Grace’s other son, Christopher, who joined Michael as a fixture at the Addison clerk’s office in 1973, will be part of lunchtime crowd of at least 200 at the Addison Central School that will celebrate their clerk’s impending December retirement after 40-plus years.
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team improved its record to 4-0 with two shutout victories on the road this week. The Panthers are now ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division III.
The team earned a 3-0 victory at Colby College in NESCAC play Saturday. Rachel Madding scored the lone goal of the first half at 28:12 when she took a pass from Maddy Boston and scored on a long blast.
BRISTOL — Before the Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team’s Saturday morning home game, the players, parents, fans, school officials and family members of the late Levi Duclos watched as a plaque in the 2009 Mount Abe captain’s memory was unveiled on the home team’s bench.
Mount Abe coach Mike Corey spoke about Duclos, a standout player and team leader who perished in a tragic hiking incident this past winter.
His speech, which includes the plaque’s inscription, went as follows:
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury should consider making at least one exception to its current ban on retail establishments of more than 50,000 square feet in order to woo an anchor store to Addison County’s shire town, according to at least some of the roughly two-dozen people at a Sept. 18 hearing on the proposed new Middlebury town plan.