June 16th, 2016
So it’s come to this.
The selectboard in New Haven is spending taxpayer money tilting at windmills. Well, actually, tilting at solar panels.
The board is using public money to ask the Vermont Supreme Court to overturn approval of an appropriately sited, state-approved solar energy project in the town.
The board and a minority of New Haven residents have criticized solar projects in the town for being too visible from Route 7. These projects, they worry, can disrupt valley and mountain views.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation on June 2 awarded Mary Johnson Children’s Center the Sally Fox Award. The award is given annually to a Vermont nonprofit organization that provides direct services of exceptional merit to children ages birth through 18.
MIDDLEBURY — With over 16 years in sales and marketing, and 10 of them focused in senior health, Jenni Robertson has joined EastView at Middlebury as the director of sales and marketing. She relocated to Addison County last fall from Florida, and started at EastView in February.
BRANDON — Close to 100 young women and men and their families and friends could not have been faulted for being in a bit of a hurry this past Saturday morning to get out of the Otter Valley Union High School gym.
The 95 who were receiving their diplomas that day, 24 of whom were National Honor Society members, surely wanted to move on to the next stage of their lives.
Cartoon: The left panel is labeled “Barack Obama, 2009.” Barack is at a podium. In the audience are dozens of people holding signs that say “Hope and Change.” The right panel is labeled “Donald Trump, 2016.” Donald is at a podium. In his audience are dozens of people holding signs that say “Hope He’ll Change.”
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School on Saturday graduated 110 seniors into a world in which they will experience a variety of emotions, including jubilation, trepidation, exultation and consternation. Commencement speaker Ken Marcelle added one more to the list: fear. But he urged the newly minted graduates to face that emotion head-on and defeat it.
MIDDLEBURY — On June 1, the fifth- and sixth-graders from Mary Hogan School participated in the school’s annual track and field meet, the brainchild of longtime physical education teacher Mike Quinn.
Quinn created the event years ago as an enjoyable way to introduce elementary school students to the sport of track and field and to celebrate both physical fitness and the impending end of the school year by being outside in the spring weather.
MIDDLEBURY — Amid smiles, hugs, bouquets, thunderous cheers and applause from family and well-wishers, and the familiar strains of Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” the 146 members of the Middlebury Union High School class of 2016 officially received their high school diplomas on Saturday.
The commencement ceremony at the Memorial Sports Center also featured wise words from top administrators, plus three insightful and humor-laced speeches from peers, before the newly minted graduates were launched into the world.