June 23rd, 2014
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.
MIDDLEBURY — The Morsman family of Weybridge has been going to the Sheldon Museum’s annual Pops Concert for several years, always enjoying the music and camaraderie of the evening.
“There’s really no other place where you can enjoy a leisurely picnic with your family, catch up with your community, enjoy wonderful music, and view fireworks,” said Amy Morsman, a mother of two children, ages eight and 10.
BRISTOL — It was two years ago that Bristol-based artist Stephanie Larsen came up with an idea for a “Shine A Light” fundraiser to enlighten the Addison County community about domestic violence and sexual abuse. Local artists decorated lamps that were auctioned off to generate money for abuse-awareness programs.