May 26th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — Next Wednesday is a big day for young bicyclists in Middlebury, with the annual Bike Safety Fair, an abandoned bike sale, and the last Walk & Roll to School of the year.
The annual Bike Safety Fair at Mary Hogan Elementary School will be held on Wednesday, June 1, from 3-4 p.m. The fair will offer helmets, bike checks, a safety course and prizes.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will offer its free annual College Counseling Workshop, sponsored by the college’s admissions office, on Friday, June 10, from 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at McCardell Bicentennial Hall. The event is open to the public — high school age children and grandchildren of Middlebury alumni, faculty and staff are invited, as are students from Vermont high schools and their parents. Preference is given to high school juniors.
NEW HAVEN — Tourterelle Restaurant in New Haven will hold a contra dance on Saturday, June 4, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. to benefit BeeFriends, the Beeman Elementary School PTA. Mary Wesley, a Beeman alumna, will call the dance to the music of Brian Perkins and Friend in the open-air space at Tourterelle.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Waste Water Treatment Facility, 243 Industrial Road, will hold an open house on Friday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Gov. Peter Shumlin has proclaimed May 27 as Water Quality Day. Fittingly, 10 wastewater and storm water facilities throughout Vermont will host open houses that day. The public is invited for a fun and informative glimpse of the people, science, and high-tech of Vermont’s drinking water, wastewater, and storm water systems.
Apparently Facebook wants to tell me what news to follow. Have you been following the controversy over Facebook and how it is secretly feeding us — well, only its users, but with Facebook’s 1.2 billion users that amounts to pretty much all of us — the news stories it wants us to see? According to the Internet, there are people at Facebook who are manipulating what goes into the “Trending” news feed on my Facebook page — and on yours, too — so that we see more “liberal” stories and fewer “conservative” ones.
Bernie Sanders claims that he would be a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton in a General Election campaign against Donald Trump. This claim is borne out by several reputable polls released by national news organizations in recent days.
The 2016 session in the Education Committee was a productive one. We addressed two important issues by passing a Special Education Bill and an Education Property Tax Bill. Both bills received bipartisan support from the committee and the Legislature.
OK. I admit it. I’m obsessed with “Hamilton.” I’m obsessed withthe musical, the man and, now that classes are over — well, maybe a month before — the biography by Ron Chernow. Every time I get in my car now, I turn on VPR for the obligatory five minutes of feigned interest in the news and then switch to the CD player (yes, it’s an older car).