August 18th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — It’s not often that a snap decision made out of necessity results in beautiful music, but that’s exactly how Jinxbox, Middlebury’s up-and-coming electronic pop group, was formed.
Nearly 370 films from 27 countries were submitted for consideration in the 2016 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, which kicks off next Thursday. A showpiece for those just breaking into the industry, 90 films will be screened at the Town Hall Theater, Marquis Theater and Dana Auditorium during the 2nd Annual MNFF.
The festival draws entries from all over the world, and this year’s event will feature 10 films by Vermonters — some of them natives of the Green Mountain State, some Middlebury College grads and one is the chief of the Burlington Police Department.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials on Aug. 9 vowed to win back Middlebury officials’ trust following what have been a series of delays in launching the $40 million replacement of the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges in the heart of the downtown.
BRANDON — The Phil Henry Trio was halfway through a concert at the Brandon Town Hall Saturday night when the building was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm.
To say it was electrifying would be an understatement.
It was over in a few seconds, but the bolt caused thousands of dollars in damage to the town hall’s stage lighting system.
In America, losing one’s sense of autonomy runs strongly against our individualistic character; it tears at the fabric of our cultural heritage. We are a nation born of small villages, proud of our services, and reluctant to let go of what became community institutions. We cling to our small town independence and bemoan the loss of autonomy when the inherent inefficiency compromises an institution’s viability.
There are some places in Vermont so special, you almost want to keep them to yourself. But it’s time to share.
Years ago, when our soon-to-be-high-school-senior was just in third grade, a classmate’s dad at Mary Hogan generously tipped us off to The Best Place to Family Camp in Vermont Ever.
So here goes — whether this draws the ire of others who guard this particular “secret” or whether it’s just a public service — here goes.
The victories of Sue Minter and Phil Scott in the primary elections last week demonstrate that in Vermont it is still possible to win elections without running negative advertisements and in spite of being outspent at the end of the campaign.
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