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College summer school pushes students to think like scientists

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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MIDDLEBURY — A group of Middlebury College students met in a sixth floor Bicentennial Hall classroom one recent morning to plan their hunt for bacteria. Their ultimate goal was to reduce or eliminate the potentially dangerous cyanobacteria that has become a growing pollution problem in Lake Champlain and other bodies of water.

But just as important is that they learn processes and habits of mind that will make them good engineers, mathematicians and scientists.

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Clippings: County's aging population isn't all bad news

Posted on July 16, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



Some state and area officials look at the aging population of Vermont as an obstacle to economic development in Addison County — as the demographic of residents 70 and older is expected to double in the next 20 years, while the 20-49-year-old demographic drops by 11 percent — but in my experience, there is an alternative, more positive story hiding in the data.

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Demographics trouble Vermont planners; aging population could affect local economy

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s no secret that Vermont’s population, on average, is aging, and Addison County is being affected almost as much as any of the rural counties.

In the past 10 years, three new senior living facilities opened in Addison County (Armory Lane Senior Housing in Vergennes and Eastview and the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury), indicating an increase in the county’s elderly population. During the same period, high school enrollment dropped to its lowest levels since the early 1990s.

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Middlebury summer language schools attracting military linguists

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s campus is far from empty every summer after undergraduate students depart. The college’s summer language schools, established nearly a century ago, provide an influx of new faces for six to eight weeks every June.

Language school students are normally prohibited from speaking English at any point during the program, leading to the slogan, “No English Spoken Here.” The annual appearance of foreign-language-speaking students has become a familiar phenomenon to Middlebury residents and business owners.

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Profiles: Mainly Metals in Bristol

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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BRISTOL — David Durgin is a busy man.

The Bristol resident owns Mainly Metals, a machine and fabrication shop that uses a unique water jet technology to cut materials of all sorts.

“It’s a jet of water with garnet mixed in,” Durgin explains. “The jet is about 1/30,000 of an inch in diameter — the size of a mechanical pencil lead — that comes out around 50,000 pounds per square inch.”

What that adds up to is one extremely precise machine.

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Profiles: Rory Jackson in Bristol

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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BRISTOL — Sitting outside his studio in downtown Bristol, greeting fellow business owners and shoppers, Rory Jackson seems to know everyone in town.

“It can be distracting,” the artist says of his studio’s public location, “but it’s really important to me to have the energy, the interaction with life.”

Jackson, 31, has been working out of this location, on Main Street across from Bristol Bakery, for two years now.

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College students' food nonprofit is taking flight

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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ADDISON COUNTY — The average price of a well-balanced meal in the United States is around $2.70, according to the hunger relief charity Feeding America. In Vermont, the average is closer to $3.14, and in Addison County, the figure rises again, to $3.66.

A nonprofit organization launched last year by a group of Middlebury College students has found a way to cut prices to around $1.50 by distributing food boxes at locations throughout Addison County.

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North Country Trail may reach into Vermont

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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WEYBRIDGE — Vermont Congressman Peter Welch took a walk Monday with members of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) and the James family, who own Monument Farms Dairy, to discuss an effort under way to add to Vermont’s network of hiking trails.

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Local woman brings word from Afghanistan

Posted on June 23, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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FERRISBURGH — When people asked about her health last week, Ferrisburgh resident Mary Kerr told them she had “Kabul cough.”

The condition, she explained, results from a mixture of air pollution from cars and truck exhaust and dust kicked up in the dry areas in the Afghan capital. Kerr just returned from seven weeks teaching at a special boarding school for girls there.

Kerr will present a slideshow and give a talk on her experience in Afghanistan this Wednesday, June 25, at the Ilsley Public Library’s Community Room from 5-6:30 p.m.

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MUHS seniors celebrate community at graduation

Posted on June 19, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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MIDDLEBURY — Jonah Lefkoe, president of Middlebury Union High School’s class of 2014, set the tone for the school’s graduation ceremony this past Saturday morning with his booming voice and infectious enthusiasm.

“In typical Vermont form,” he told his class, “we celebrate graduation on a dreary, overcast morning.”

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