October 6th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Linda Goodspeed of Rutland is a freelance writer who lost her sight 25 years ago. Today, she uses a variety of tools to help her with everyday tasks. Her laptop computer uses a program called JAWS, for Job Access With Speech, that reads items on the computer screen to her. She uses an app on her iPhone to count denominations of money, a scanner to read mail and a barcode reader to read food labels in the pantry.
“The world has really opened up for blind people, thanks to digital technology,” she said.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s Act 148, to be phased in during the next six years, will force some big changes in how material is recycled in the Green Mountain State.
MIDDLEBURY — The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, in cooperation with the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, has an innovative research partnership taking place throughout the fall 2014 semester. Working with a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, students will conduct research on the traditions of local trapping boats.
MIDDLEBURY — The new slate of officers for the Middlebury Garden Club was recently installed at the club’s annual luncheon at the Waybury Inn. As gardeners, “we like to get our hands dirty and grow things,” member Lynne Boie remarked. She charged the new leaders to do just that and “to get things done” acting as optimists and doers on behalf of the organization.
It’s early October. The forests are ablaze in color and the valleys cloaked in morning mists. And in my garden the final flowers of the year — asters, chrysanthemums, bush clover and even the Rozanne geranium — having survived an early light frost, are sounding one last glorious hurrah for the season now ending. Any day now the first heavy killing frost will signal the end of this year’s garden.
VERGENNES — Vergennes American Legion Post 14 members will be accepting scrap metal on the evenings of Monday through Friday, Oct. 6-10, at the Armory Lane Legion garage. Post members will accept metal from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and on Friday from 4-5 p.m. before the October Fish Fry. No amount of clean metal is too small.
BRIDPORT — Vermont State Police on Friday, Oct. 3, were looking for the owner of a horse that was struck and killed by a vehicle on Route 22A in Bridport. Late that day police reported that they had identified and notified the owner of the horse.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team did not feel it played its best during Friday’s homecoming game, but visiting Mount Anthony might beg to differ.
The Tigers scored five touchdowns in the first 18 minutes and held MAU to two yards of offense in the first quarter and two first-half first downs in a 35-0 victory.