March 11th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — As a child, Joshua Chamberlain loved to take mechanical things apart and put them back together again. He wanted to see what made them tick and make sure they kept ticking when he had reassembled them.
Now 41, Chamberlain is still taking stuff apart — only he is now getting paid for it. He has just opened The Laptop Shop on Middlebury’s Merchants Row, where he works out bugs in computers and a variety of other electronics for customers who might otherwise have to make the trek to Rutland or Chittenden counties.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents and those driving north on Route 7 have been watching the yearlong renovation of 29 North Pleasant St., a yellow house just north of Charter House and the Middlebury Inn dating back to 1901. The building was vacant for several years, in part because it was very energy inefficient.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents are being asked to weigh in on the idea of instituting a new town ordinance that would require property owners to clear snow from their own sidewalks.
A few local residents — noting the selectboard’s ongoing efforts to contain the municipal budget — recently pitched the shoveling ordinance as a means of cutting costs and promoting more community spirit.
BRIDPORT — Vermont Department of Health officials on Friday confirmed the causes of a stomach bug that swept through the Bridport Central School community last week and ultimately forced the cancellation of classes on Thursday and Friday.
The Department of Health Laboratory confirmed norovirus in a sample voluntarily collected from a person who became ill at the school.
MIDDLEBURY — At the second annual production of the Town Hall Theater’s “Shakespeare: It’s Elementary” program 110 students will perform “King Lear.” Performances are on Thursday, March 14, at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Students from three fifth-grade classes at Mary Hogan Elementary and one class each at Leicester Central and Shoreham Elementary have worked for 10 weeks on all elements of text and performance, including reading comprehension, stage fighting and scene craft, among others.
MIDDLEBURY — Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, is encouraging Addison County residents to watch and discuss a free screening of the HBO documentary film “Challenges” to better understand the nation’s obesity epidemic and inspire Vermonters to take action.
The film is part of the HBO series “Weight of the Nation” and highlights barriers to accessing healthy food and physical fitness. The movie will be screened and discussed on Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association Conference Room.
MIDDLEBURY — Chris Hanfield, a Vergennes resident who is a salesman at Foster Motors in Middlebury, knows a thing or two about getting people into the right automobile for them. He’s been moving cars and trucks off the lot for four years.
MIDDLEBURY — Agriculture is one of the key supports in the economy of Addison County.
Middlebury dairy farmer Bob Foster was part of a four-member panel organized and moderated by Bruce Lisman of the Campaign for Vermont, or CFV, that spent the snowy evening of Feb. 19 at the Ilsley Library discussing how to improve economic security and prosperity for everyone.