June 23rd, 2014
FERRISBURGH — When people asked about her health last week, Ferrisburgh resident Mary Kerr told them she had “Kabul cough.”
The condition, she explained, results from a mixture of air pollution from cars and truck exhaust and dust kicked up in the dry areas in the Afghan capital. Kerr just returned from seven weeks teaching at a special boarding school for girls there.
Kerr will present a slideshow and give a talk on her experience in Afghanistan this Wednesday, June 25, at the Ilsley Public Library’s Community Room from 5-6:30 p.m.
When former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered a speech at Norwich last Thursday, she stayed true to the tune played during President George W. Bush’s eight years in office from 2000 to 2008 — that U.S. intervention in international affairs is the purview of the United States and our duty to make the world a safer place.
About the Vermont Gas pipeline and the dreaded “F” word — fracking:
Widely criticized “fracking” to increase oil and gas production is used worldwide. Its use in the U.S. has allowed our domestic production of oil to increase to where it accounts for about 50 percent of our needs.
MIDDLEBURY — When it comes to the world of theater, Steve Small is a veritable man for all seasons. He is a first-class actor, directs productions every year, is a whiz with the technical side of stagecraft and even knows how to create prosthetic zombie hands.
Last week the 57-year-old director of the Addison Repertory Theater and active actor was recognized not only for those skills, but more importantly for helping a generation or two of students to find their own way in the theater.
Are we listening well enough?
Elliot Rodger was involved in therapy relationships (not necessarily therapeutic) for 14 of his 22 years, and though practitioners of this gentle art of psychotherapy are varied in the traits and talents they possess, he seems to have been lost to those with whom he worked, and however devastating this is to his parents, at some level of intimacy they too may have been lost to him.
Governors come and onto “DC” they may go
Influenced by money from those who help them “grow.”
But like invasive species, the seeds they can sow —
May alter landscapes in ways we don’t want to know!
Contamination of water, land, communities,
are often part and parcel when power is seized.
MIDDLEBURY — At its volunteer training session in March, Addison County River Watch Collaborative had a standing-room-only crowd of eager water samplers, and, since then, one morning per month those volunteers from many Addison County communities have been venturing out to collect bottles of water from area streams. This year the river monitoring collaborative established several new sampling sites on the upper Middlebury River in Ripton, and also is still monitoring five other rivers in the county, an ongoing effort designed to tease out trends in water quality.
SHOREHAM — Vermont Gas Systems and the Shoreham selectboard announced on Thursday that they had agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding related to the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, a natural gas pipeline that would run through the town.
The agreement sets conditions about how and where the natural gas transmission line can be built and mandates emergency training and safety measures.