July 12th, 2010
The nickname has been well-earned by Ploof, who, as master of the Bridport Grange, has played a key role in the Grange-sponsored program Words for Thirds program, which annually presents free dictionaries to third-graders in Addison Central Supervisory Union schools.
The Bridport Words for Thirds program has been active since 2002. It is a branch of a larger national nonprofit organization called the Dictionary Project, which was started in South Carolina in 1995 and went national two years later.
BRANDON — The Brandon Development Review Board has denied an application for a 56,000-square-foot shopping market plaza roughly a mile south of downtown, but has approved a scaled-down version of the project.
The board voted unanimously in its decision to deny the Act 250 application filed by developer Bill McCabe to build a 36,000-square-foot Hannaford supermarket, a 12,000-square-foot line of smaller stores, and a 5,000-square-foot standalone outbuilding, plus a 295-space parking lot.
What to be more involved in your local community, but don’t have a lot of time to volunteer — and, in fact, you can really only put in time during the week after work. And even better, could that volunteer work include carousing with friends and neighbors, enjoying dinner downtown first, and maybe include listening to stimulating music?
Get real, you say! Well, such volunteer work is not only possible, it is the call to action right now and through the rest of the week.
LINCOLN — Weighing looming repairs and the costs associated with them, the Lincoln Community School board will sketch out three options for the ailing school building at a hearing Tuesday night.
Asking what Addison County might look like 10 or 20 years from now is a provocative question that deserves thoughtful contemplation. To help, in today’s issue we publish eight pages that review some of the ways area towns are going about planning for the decades ahead.
MIDDLEBURY — On a recent Thursday afternoon, the sounds of many bodies hitting the floor echoed through the basement hallway of the Middlebury municipal building.
Despite the noise, this was no violent combat scene. The sounds were drifting from the Blue Heron Aikido dojo, where partners completed short sequences of slow-motion martial arts moves, each one finishing with a dramatic but painless fall onto a mat.
Like many young adults in Addison County, Jen Roberts, 33, and Judd Markowski, 28, both moved away after finishing school. Roberts lived in England for a few months, working as a babysitter and bartender, and Markowski worked various jobs in Montana. But both chose to return here, and they soon met and got married. They're now raising their two daughters, Mirabelle and Adalaide in Bridport.
MIDDLEBURY — Growing older doesn’t just bring decisions about personal care for the elderly and their families. When people leave the workforce, many also encounter new financial worries.
As the Baby Boomer generation ages into the country’s elder care systems and the economy continues to struggle, seniors are finding it harder and harder to get financial help for the amount of professional care that they need, or the levels of comfort that they hope for.