November 21st, 2013
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday evening will interview six candidates interested in filling the vacancy created by the recent resignation of longtime board member John DeVos Jr.
DeVos announced his resignation in an Oct. 22 letter to Selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence, citing “recent events” that made it necessary to “step back from some of his responsibilities.”
DeVos had served on the board since the mid-1990s, and Lawrence called his resignation “a tremendous loss.”
ADDISON COUNTY — Local deer hunters got off to a fast start during opening weekend of the 16-day rifle season, which started this past Saturday, as they reported 200 kills at Addison County’s eight reporting stations.
Editor’s note: This is the last in a four-part series about agriculture and immigration reform.
MIDDLEBURY — When I asked Honorio how he got to the United States, he responded with one word.
“Corriendo,” he said. Running.
Two and a half years ago, when most 17-year-olds in the United States were getting ready for the prom or searching for their first summer job, Honorio was trekking the Arizona desert alone, in search of a better life.
Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series about agriculture and immigration reform.
MIDDLEBURY— More than 150 Mexican farm laborers on Saturday came to a mobile consulate event hosted by the Mexican government in Middlebury. For the event, diplomats from the Mexican consulate in Boston came to Vermont to help Mexican nationals in the area get passports and other government-issued documents.
MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Kristofer Anderson became accustomed to the raucous rainstorms that would pop up almost every afternoon while volunteering his medical services earlier this month in the small village of Santa Fe, on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.
Little did the Middlebury-based physician know that those rainstorms would be a prelude to the cataclysmic deluge wrought by Yolanda, a category 5 typhoon that killed thousands of Filipinos and leveled entire villages during its scourge.
These are tough times. It’s appropriate to return to the frugality catchphrase of the Depression: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.
Our municipal offices and gym are not used up or worn out. They’ve been seriously neglected for many years, but they can be affordably repaired and upgraded to meet the town’s needs.
Thanksgiving is upon us, so it only seems appropriate to give a hearty “thanks” for the things that keep my professional and personal life interesting. Having a happy, healthy and loving family of course tops the list. But as I jam turkey, stuffing, yams, Watergate salad and pumpkin pie in my face next Thursday, I will also remember some of the more routine things to be grateful for:
Clearly, a divide deepens in Middlebury around the proposal to move the town offices and gym, but there’s a way back to the civility and trust and cooperation we pride ourselves on in this community. We have both an opportunity and a responsibility to plan carefully and boldly for our community’s future, so let’s step back for a moment and take a look at what we can accomplish and how.