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May 21st, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the first-ever Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) have signed up a major new sponsor and have thus far received almost 200 film submissions for a four-day event that’s expected to attract upwards of 1,000 people to Addison County’s shire town for four days this August.
The new sponsor is Vermont Teddy Bear Co., which will, among other things, be providing custom-made VTeddy Award statuettes that will be presented to the winning filmmakers before the curtain comes down on the MNFF on Aug. 30.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 80 area residents turned out at the Middlebury State Airport on Tuesday evening to learn more about a proposed runway renovation/expansion project and voice their concerns about the possibility that those upgrades — and others laid out in a state airports master plan — could bring larger planes, heavier air traffic, more noise and possibly lighting to what is now a modest airfield surrounded by a residential area.
This week’s writer is Christopher L. Mason, school resource officer for Middlebury.
War on Drugs?
BRISTOL — The guest speaker at this year’s Memorial Day observances in Bristol will be Maj. Jacob Roy, the S3 Operations Officer for the 86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 86th IBCT (MTN), Vermont Army National Guard.
He will deliver his address on the village green on Monday afternoon at the conclusion of a parade that will leave from Mount Abraham Union High School at 1 p.m. and march down West Street to the green.
Ever since our two goats, Lucy and Jasper, decided that life inside a fence was just not for them, our yard has served as their all-you-can-eat buffet.
I’ve tried to pretend it’s no big deal. Every spring I tell myself maybe this year the goats will leave my flowerbeds alone. And every spring they eat everything — except the weeds, of course; goats have standards.
It’s Middlebury, Vt., vs. Bar Harbor, Maine, and it’s neck and neck.
The race is all about the sense of place and the stakes, as is usually the case in competition, is about … well, let’s just put it out there — it’s about pride and ego, and a bit of self-serving capitalism. OK, so we’re not out to save the world today. We’re not even appealing to our better selves. Rather, we’d just like to win.
Still, the satisfaction would be sweet and the stakes, while small, are suddenly worthwhile.
MIDDLEBURY — Here come the graduates!
If Middlebury seems a little more crowded than usual this weekend it may have something to do with the 214th Middlebury College Commencement, which will take place Sunday on the campus.
Every year at this time thousands of proud parents and other family and friends come to Addison County to applaud some speeches, watch the pride of the college collect their diplomas and shower the five hundred and something new graduates with their best wishes.
Without a doubt, life forces have conspired against the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen Insect Control District’s efforts to control the first hatch of mosquitos this spring. The weather created a perform storm for breeding; the Lemon Fair district’s plane was no longer in use to drop larvacide in the region’s expansive swamps; and a change in spraying practices was mandated by the state.
Consequently, it’s bad out there; as bad as it’s been for a decade — maybe longer.