February 4th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Michael Kiernan is no stranger to Haiti, having made around 10 medical humanitarian visits to the Caribbean nation during the past 20 years.
But is with a sense of real urgency that Kiernan — a Weybridge resident and emergency room physician at Porter Hospital — is returning this week to the earthquake-ravaged nation to deliver his expertise and thousands of dollars of medical supplies.
MIDDLEBURY — Flying into Port-au-Prince’s single runway airport nine days after an earthquake devastated Haiti, Dr. Jean Andersson-Swayze looked down at the dark swath of land uninterrupted by lights. For a city of more than 2 million residents, Andersson-Swayze thought, Port-au-Prince looked awfully dark from the sky.
HANCOCK/GRANVILLE — These days, the tiny villages of Hancock and Granville are ghost towns.
At least, that’s what they’re deemed in educational parlance. When the two towns last year decided to shut down their joint Village School, they joined a growing number of small towns in Vermont that have decided to close their schools and tuition their students to schools beyond the towns’ borders.
ADDISON — On Monday at Addison Central School members of the Addison’s town hall committee and selectboard and a few residents heard that building a shared septic system to serve all town-owned buildings at the intersections of Routes 17 and 22A could probably be done.
But at a price: That system — which could resolve ownership of and allow renovation of Addison’s historic town hall — might cost up to $500,000, said Jon Ashley of Phelps Engineering Inc. of Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Administrators, staff and residents at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center are embarking on a months-long effort to overhaul the atmosphere at the nursing home, striving to make the facility less like a hospital and more like a residential care home.
Administrators at Helen Porter hope that the “culture change,” as they’ve termed the effort, will make the nursing home more comfortable for residents, and also bolster the facility financially.
MIDDLEBURY — A who’s who of local musicians and singers come together Friday evening for an eclectic night of music to benefit two organizations helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
The lineup includes Anais Mitchell, Bread and Bones, Michael Chorney, They Might Be Gypsies, The Grift, O’hAnleigh, Rik Palieri and Rebecca Padula, and the Dirtminers, as well as members of two Middlebury Union High School singing groups.
MIDDLEBURY — When the Middlebury College men’s hockey team lost games on Jan. 22 and 23 at New England College and St. Anselm in gruesome fashion — five unanswered third-period goals at NEC as a 4-2 lead evaporated that Friday followed by a stunning 4-0 setback the next day, the Panthers’ first to St. Anselm in 16 years — the question became how a young Panther team would respond.
The answer? Quite nicely, thank you very much.
This past weekend the Panthers swept visiting NESCAC foes Colby and Bowdoin, leapfrogging them into third place in the league.
Today’s column is brought to you by the number 5. Here are 5 things to do outdoors in 2010, and 5 ways you can do them.
ONE: Hike one of Vermont’s 4,000-foot peaks. There are five of them.
In increasing order of height, and starting closest to home, Mt. Abraham is 4,006 feet in elevation at the summit. It is not only the lowest 4,000-footer, but also the shortest to climb, with the Lincoln Gap trailhead starting already at 2,424 feet, leaving a vertical climb of 1,600 feet (counting the ups and downs) over 5.2 miles.