February 11th, 2014
The challenge of writing a bi-weekly column as a mother of four young children is this: Most writing benefits from the writer leaving the house. Seeing the greater world. Having new experiences. While I do occasionally manage to leave the house, it takes 30-minutes to get out the door, and then my attention isn’t so much on the greater world as on the wriggling little people in my care.
CORNWALL — A big majority of Cornwall residents are opposed to Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed “Phase II” project that would extend a natural gas pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., according to the results of a townwide survey recently circulated by the town’s selectboard.
The survey, sent out to Cornwall’s approximately 500 households, asked residents if:
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) and the Acorn Energy Co-op will present the first-ever Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, March 29, at Middlebury Union High School, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Sustainable Living Expo builds on the success of the previous Green Energy Expos, which were attended by nearly 1,000 residents and local business people.
PANTON — Panton residents on Town Meeting Day will decide whether they will continue to elect their own town clerk, treasurer and delinquent tax collector, or give the Panton selectboard the power to appoint people to those town offices.
That choice will be framed on March 4 as a potential change to the town’s land grant charter. Per state law, if voters back that change, which is being recommended and put forth by the selectboard, the Vermont Legislature would still have to approve it before it could take effect.
MIDDLEBURY — Businesses experiencing a revenue shortfall often end up scaling back staff and services.
But Middlebury Regional EMS is taking the opposite approach.
The nonprofit organization formerly known as Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association has just launched four substantial new programs it believes will solidify its financial bottom line during a period of sweeping changes in Vermont’s health care system.
MIDDLEBURY — David Van Vleck Jr. left Addison County to pursue a career as an actor, playwright and screenwriter.
His journey will come full circle on Feb. 13, when one of his plays, “Four Beers,” will be staged at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Van Vleck grew up just down the road in Cornwall and is a graduate of Middlebury Union High School.
BRISTOL — On a dismally cold morning this past fall, Spencer Norland watched the sunrise from the side of an active volcano high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. For the Mount Abe Union High School senior, it wasn’t a bad way to finish his high school career.
Norland, 17, participated in a semester abroad program sponsored by Kroka Expeditions, an outdoor education company based in Marlow, N.H.
“I would strongly recommend it to other students,” Norland said. “It was an amazing experience.”
MIDDLEBURY — After many weeks of planning and renovations, Michel Mahé has set Saturday, Feb. 15, for the grand opening of his latest restaurant, called “The Lobby,” at 7 Bakery Lane in downtown Middlebury.
The opening, Mahé stressed, is contingent upon his receipt of two final permits — one for occupancy, the other related to health inspection.