September 25th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Jessica Jones Hoagland remembers the day more than 60 years ago when the late Arthur Healy — her neighbor, father to her best friend, and the first Artist in Residence at Middlebury College — walked into her family’s South Street home with a painting under his arm.
It was his watercolor titled “Conference,” a splendid depiction of a weather-beaten boat propped on a sandy shore.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School will be hosting its 32nd annual raft race along Otter Creek, a longstanding tradition in the school community, on Oct. 5. This year, the school is opening up the race to community members and alumni in an effort to continue forging the strong bond that is held between our school and the surrounding communities.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School students on Friday spoke, sang and read poetry at their 10th annual Peace One Day rally to promote harmony at their school and in their community as well as around the world.
VUHS has held a student-led all-school assembly each year since 2005 to celebrate the annual Sept. 21 United Nations International Day of Peace. Last week’s all-school Peace One Day event, held on the VUHS front lawn, was moved to Friday because Sept. 21 fell on a non-school day.
BRISTOL — Leaves are ablaze with fiery colors and a crispness floats in the air so autumn must truly be here. Folks in Bristol will mark the change in season this Saturday with the 16th annual Harvest Festival, when families, neighbors and visitors gather on the town green for food, art and craft vendors, music and fun activities for the kids.
The event on the green will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with many ways to enjoy the day — and there will be a couple other activities off the green, too.
BRISTOL — Voters in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will decide on Election Day whether to approve a bond to pay for an ambitious renovation of Mount Abraham Union High School.
The MAUHS school board voted Sept. 16 to ask residents for a sum not to exceed $32.6 million to make substantial improvements to school.
MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County is launching its 2014 fund drive this week with a new financial goal, new campaign co-chairs and some new strategies aimed at encouraging more charitable giving at a time when the need for philanthropy is at an all-time high.
NEW YORK CITY — Hundreds of Vermonters on Sunday afternoon joined an estimated 350,000 people on the streets of Manhattan for the People’s Climate March, the largest climate demonstration in U.S. history.
“This is the biggest event any of us will ever be a part of,” said Greg Dennis of Cornwall. “You just got a sense that if we can get this many people out on the streets, we can make leaders pay attention.”
MIDDLEBURY — Farms throughout Addison County are being tapped for any extra produce that could be stored and used to feed the hungry this winter.
At issue is an up-and-coming gleaning program run under the auspices of the agency called Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, or HOPE.