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Speech contest revived after half-century hiatus

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The year was 1825. John Quincy Adams had just been sworn in as the sixth U.S. president, and the Erie Canal had just opened. And at Middlebury College, the first annual “Parker Merrill Speech Competition,” a contest designed to help undergraduates excel at public speaking, was held.

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Maple Run expected to draw a crowd; some roads closed Sunday

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Approximately 800 runners, many traveling with family and friends, are expected in Middlebury this weekend for the eighth edition of the Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half. The 13.1-mile half-marathon running race starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 1, in the parking lot behind Porter Hospital.

Event organizers added a new feature or two to the event every year. New this year:

• The oldest male and female finishers will receive a bottle of WhistlePig rye whiskey (bottled in Shoreham) for their efforts.

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Film festival launches tour; entries for 2016 are up

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The second annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) is still four months away, but anticipation for the event is already starting to build with what have been an increasing number of film submissions and the kickoff of a New England tour featuring last year’s winners.

“We are absolutely delighted with the quality of work that has come in,” said Lloyd Komesar, chairman of the MNFF Board of Directors. “The word has gotten out in a positive way about our festival and our support of new filmmakers.”

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See Jupiter at observatory open house on Friday

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Physics Department at Middlebury College will again host two open house nights at the College Observatory this spring. The observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on Friday evenings, April 29 and May 6, from 9 until 10:30 p.m., provided the skies are mostly clear.

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Two-day art show will combine ordinary, extraordinary items

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have …a two-day show at Town Hall Theater in the Jackson Gallery. “The ArtiFacts of Life” is a mini-museum that showcases objects with compelling stories contributed by regular folks. It’s only up May 12-13 with a reception on Friday, May 13, from 5-7 p.m. This time, the focus is on serendipity: objects and stories about chance, coincidence and luck.

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Middlebury professor to offer update on climate change

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Rich Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College, presents “Global Warming: Update 2016” at Ilsley Library in Middlebury on Wednesday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m.

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Walkers step up for a cure; Relay for Life this Saturday

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event at Middlebury College will take place this Saturday, April 30, from noon-8 p.m. The event helps raise funds to support scientific research, as well as other Cancer Society programs, such as Hope Lodge, Road to Recovery Program and the Look Good Feel Better Program.

Relay for Life Community Manager Leslye Kenney said she has had the pleasure of working with the student committee members including, local community businesses and residents. 

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CNN's Van Jones to give Middlebury College graduation speech

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Van Jones, a CNN political contributor, attorney, author and environmental and human rights activist, will deliver the 2016 Middlebury College commencement address on Sunday, May 29.

Jones is the president and co-founder of Dream Corps, whose current initiatives, including #cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All, work to bring economic opportunity to disenfranchised communities.

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Nuovo on Lucretius: Our accidental world

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



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One of Lucretius’ main goals in his poem is to teach us that we exist in an accidental world. He believed that the recognition of this fact of was a prerequisite for happiness. The dance of atoms in infinite space is without beginning or end, and from this ceaseless activity there has evolved innumerable worlds or universes of every possible shape, size, and degree of durability — a “multiverse.”

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Lawsuit over Middlebury rail bridges is up in the air

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members on Tuesday said they are satisfied with the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s latest update and assessment of the upcoming downtown rail bridges construction project, but affected property owners want more information and remain poised to take legal action if it is not forthcoming.

Through their attorney, Peter Langrock, the coalition of downtown property owners in an April 11 letter made a total of 18 questions and information requests of the town and VTrans.

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