July 1st, 2010
Vermont gubernatorial candidate Deb Markowitz spoke to an interested gathering of potential supporters in Weybridge this week and sounded a familiar message on the economy among Democrats.
“I’m going to be the state’s chief marketer, if elected,” the long-time Secretary of State told the crowd, noting that for the past eight years Gov. James Douglas and the Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie, as lieutenant governor, have been bad-mouthing the state’s business climate while doing very little to enact policies or practices that would spur such growth.
BRISTOL — Members of the Bristol selectboard at their June 21 meeting discussed three openings on the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, as well as the seat on the town’s planning commission vacated recently by Jim Peabody.
The board appointed Bill Sayre, Peter Grant and Chico Martin to the regional planning commission, and decided to advertise the opening on the planning commission.
A little over a month ago I graduated from Middlebury College. This meant that I had to start pondering a number of things such as, “How will I find a job?” “Where will I be next year?” and, especially, “Where am I going to put all this stuff?” For the past four years, I have accumulated pile upon pile of old clothes that I “might like again someday” — notes from all of my classes, stacks of the college newspaper that I wrote articles for, etc.
MIDDLEBURY — After a five-year affiliation, the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) officially became a graduate school of Middlebury College on July 1.
The institutions have been affiliated since 2005, when MIIS was struggling financially and Middlebury pledged its financial support. The transition will mean a change in the governing structure at MIIS, where the board of trustees will be replaced with a board of governors appointed by Middlebury College trustees.
Much to the dismay of my family, I’m one of those people who not only remember the most obscure details of their dreams almost every night, but who also feel compelled to share those details, at length, with everyone at the breakfast table.
People at my house often skip breakfast.
Each morning, I lead off with something like, “I had the weirdest dream last night: We were in a bowling alley, and Mick Jagger was there with a cockatiel …”
My husband Mark invariably jumps up, saying, “Look at the time. I’m late for work,” and the kids scatter like cockroaches.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Eight parents worked all day Saturday to bring an East Middlebury baseball field back to life. They worked about 14 hours, but they were not alone. A lot of the children they were restoring the field for also helped out.
The field, located on Daisy Lane off Lower Plains Road, is now pretty much ready for use, according to Toby Rheaume, one of the fathers who worked on the field.
Rheaume and another father, Jason Larocque, came up with the idea to restore the East Middlebury field at a Memorial Day barbecue towards the end of Little League season.
Those who spend time outdoors, even on traditional sports like hunting and fishing, spend a lot more time dealing with numbers than one might think. The sports require one to develop a certain reasoning ability with numerical values and concepts of scale.
Consider the sport of fishing. It requires, among other things, fishing line. And a successful angler needs to have a pretty good idea how strong 4-pound test line is, and what it’s like to cast with or tie knots with, and what the differences are between 4-, 8-, 12-, and 20-pound test.
This early season seems extreme at our place, on the edge, with wild swings of weather and animal surprises: Orioles and bobolinks are absent, bees elusive, bats … gone. This morning an unusually large and noisy flock of crows fills the sky. I just know they’re planning to attack the raspberry patch once they’ve cleaned out the songbird nests.