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July 30th, 2007

Catamaran auctioned for lake project

July 30, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

BRIDPORT — Members of the Lake Champlain Restoration Association (LCRA) are enlisting the help of a tiny Polynesian catamaran in their efforts to clear nuisance aquatic weeds from the lake.

No, the catamaran in question isn’t being outfitted with a weed chopper, nor will it even sail in Lake Champlain. Rather, it’s a 72-inch replica of the famous “Hokulea” catamaran that in 1976 sailed from Hawaii to Tahiti. The model boat, lovingly crafted by Bridport resident Frank Russell, is being raffled off by the LCRA to help raise money for a garage that will house the organization’s new milfoil harvesting equipment.

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July 26th

Oh joy

YOUNGSTERS IN THE Middlebury Recreation Department’s Camp Kookamunga program celebrate a week of sunny weather with a group jump at the recreation park on Tuesday. Pictured from left are Emily Cormier, Leah Raymond, Rowan Hendy, Sophia Dwindell and Jeremy Bougor.
Independent photo/John S. McCright

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Carrara gravel pit draws fire

July 26, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

EAST MIDDLEBURY — East Middlebury residents turned out in force at a public hearing on Monday to register their concerns about a proposed major expansion of the J.P. Carrara & Sons gravel pit operation off School House Hill Road.

The overflow crowd at the municipal building conference room told members of the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) that the plan to extend the Carrara pit by a total of 20 acres to the east and west of School House Hill Road would bring more years of noise, dust and safety headaches to a neighborhood that has already lived with the operation for more than three decades.

J.P. Carrara & Sons is currently phasing out gravel extraction at its current 23.4-acre pit, located to the immediate east of School House Hill Road. The company wants to extend its operations 15.3 acres to the east of its existing pit, and another 5 acres to the west of School House Hill Road.

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College gets new logo

July 26, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Maple Leaf dropped onto the college campus early this month, but a hubbub created by students, faculty and trustees caused college administrators to sweep the leaf away almost as quickly as it arrived.

The leaf was a new official Middlebury College logo created by New York City-based corporate image maker and quietly introduced into official college communications in the first week in July.

“I still think it’s a terrific mark,” said Middlebury Vice President for Communications Mike McKenna. “But it was not at this particular point in history right for the college. I wanted to honor that.”

The leaf symbol was made up of three blue Ms that were supposed to symbolize growth, renewal and shelter. Instead, it seemed to evoke the Canadian flag to many, a marijuana leaf to some and even Mr. Sneeze, the blue spiky character from the Mr. Men children’s book series, to more than a handful of students.

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July 23rd

Nerves of steel

STEEL WORKERS PIECE together the structural framework for the new Chittenden Bank building going up on Route 7 South in Middlebury.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Career Center teachers sign one-year contract

July 23, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY —Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PHCC) teachers have agreed to a one-year contract that will retroactively cover the recently concluded 2006-2007 school year, and they are now setting their sights on negotiating a longer-term pact.

Peter Ryersbach, chief negotiator for the Middlebury Union High School Teachers’ Association (MUHSTA), said the recently ratified contract grants PHCC teachers a 4-percent wage increase for the past school year and maintains the status quo on health care benefits. Teachers now pay 10 percent of their health insurance premiums, with PHCC picking up the balance.

Teachers recently received, in a lump sum, their retroactive pay stemming from the agreement, according to PHCC board Chairwoman April Jin.

It was the teachers who approached the PHCC board about forging the one-year pact.

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Cancer survivor stresses prevention

July 23, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — Kerry Clifford had better things to do than go to that mammogram appointment 12 years ago. The Brandon resident had done it the year before and, like every time before that, the results showed she was healthy. Besides, she gave herself the occasional breast exam, and she had never felt any lumps.

So she called to reschedule.

But the results of that rescheduled appointment made her reevaluate once and for all the importance of regular check-ups. Her doctor showed her the mammogram and pointed out the beginnings of cancer.

“It was about the size of the tip of a pencil, but it had already set up what they call a spider web, the connection of little blood vessels, already growing,” she said. “That appointment was almost a year to the day from my last mammogram. That’s how quick it can be.”

They cut out the cancer, put her on medication and four months later, found her cancer had moved into more organs, meaning she was in Stage Four, “which is not good,” Clifford said.

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Area minister heading to New Zealand

July 23, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — After a life of globe trotting, the Rev. Marthinus Riekert had found spiritual contentment and geographic stability as pastor of the Congregational Church of Middlebury, which he joined in 2005.

But only two years into his tenure at the church, Riekert and his family have found a new calling that has them again packing their bags. The family, which hails from South Africa, will soon leave Middlebury to lead a church half way around the world, in New Zealand.

“It was a very difficult decision to make,” Riekert said on Thursday. “It was taken with sadness and after a lot of deliberation and thinking.”

But in the end, Riekert said he could not ignore the appeals from a community of South African nationals who have relocated to Auckland, N.Z., in the wake of increasing violence in their native land. Riekert explained that South Africans are leaving their homeland by the thousands to escape crime that has become particularly violent in nature.

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