September 19th, 2016
PITTSFORD — Sometimes extraordinary things can happen on ordinary days.
Week before last, single dad Rik Hinckley and his teenage daughter, Emma, were having an ordinary day full of obstacles.
Hinckley, 52, was a pipefitter for 22 years before two failed back surgeries sidelined him from work. His back trouble also prevents him from moving large objects.
MIDDLEBURY — Mike Kiernan has for years been concerned about the perplexing plunge in the number of pollinating creatures throughout the world.
Now the accomplished Porter Medical Center physician has made a commitment to “bee” part of the solution to a problem that is threatening the world’s ecosystems and food supply.
MIDDLEBURY — Sixteen-year-old Jack Nop has always been a huge fan of Lego toys and stop-motion film classics like “Wallace & Gromit” and “James & the Giant Peach.”
He decided to combine his two passions a few years ago under the banner of NopFilms to produce several stop-motion Lego videos that have become a fixture on YouTube. Jack’s older brother, Jake, and friend Peter Dickerson also collaborated on the fun filmmaking — which this week paid some big dividends.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Peace Coalition will host a U.N. International Day Of Peace event this Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Champlain Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury beginning at 7 p.m.
Among the speakers will be Deborah Felmeth, author of “Syria, Remember Me.” The photos and text in the Waltham resident’s book are gleaned from her 20 years living in Syria. It provides a window into the diverse culture, rich heritage and long history of a country that sadly is much in need of peace right now.
MIDDLEBURY — Have you ever wondered how in the world people rode High Wheel bicycles in the late 1800s? Just getting on a High Wheel or Velocipede is a feat in itself, let alone cruising on uneven roads, stopping and dismounting the bicycle.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury fire officials will receive proposals this week from three companies in the running to build the department’s new ladder truck — the most costly, sophisticated and arguably most important piece of apparatus in the town’s fleet.
SEARSBURG — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking people hunting bear in southern Vermont to avoid shooting bears with yellow ear tags and radio collars during this fall’s hunting season. The bears are collared as part of an ongoing study on the effects of a proposed wind energy development within Green Mountain National Forest in the towns of Searsburg and Readsboro.
VERGENNES — September is Vermont Archaeology Month and Bixby Library will make use of its Native American Collections to present focused programs for children and adults. The children’s program will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17. Children will have a chance to view the Bixby Library collection then work with kits that provide hands-on experience with facsimiles of Native American artifacts.