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May 29th, 2016
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series.
MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Fred Kniffin has grown quite used to dealing with emergencies at Porter Hospital.
After all, he has worked many a shift as a physician in the Middlebury hospital’s Emergency Department.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Peter Burrows on Thursday confirmed that Middlebury resident Joshua Quinn will become the district’s new business manager, effective July 11.
He will replace current ACSU Business manager David Boucher, who will be stepping down in June after almost two years.
ADDISON COUNTY — The three American Legion posts in Addison County will each host parades on Memorial Day.
Middlebury American Legion Post 27 will once again conduct the first Memorial Day parade of the morning. This year’s parade, under the theme “Honoring our Heroes,” will step off from the parking lot behind the Middlebury College arts center at 9 a.m.
VERGENNES — George Jaeger’s service to his country started when he was 18, operating a mortar during World War II. It would later include acting as an interpreter in a war crimes investigation team as the horrors of the Holocaust were made visible to the world and for, 35 years, working in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Next Monday, Jaeger plans to draw on these experiences in a keynote speech at the Memorial Day Parade and Observance in Vergennes.
BRIDPORT — Roughly one-third of all food produced around the world — 1.3 billion tons of it — gets thrown away, says the United Nations Environmental Program. Most of those food scraps end up in landfills where they accelerate global warming. In Vermont, more than a quarter of our trash is food scraps, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Remember Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” from high school English class? Composer Giuseppe Verdi liked the play so much that in 1847 he transformed it into an opera. Over the years since, Verdi’s “Macbeth” has rarely been staged, but you can see it live when Opera Company of Middlebury’s production opens June 3 for a five-performance run.
MIDDLEBURY — For the past several years the Middlebury Rotary Club has sponsored a flag raising project to promote patriotism and raise funds for charitable use in the community. The club solicits businesses and residences to pay a small fee and its members then fly American flags on their lawns on five holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, July Fourth, Labor Day and Veterans Day.
The flags, which are placed at sunrise and removed at sunset for storage until the next holiday, make for an impressive sight.
VERGENNES — What a difference a new banner makes! The Vergennes Partnership designed and purchased 10 new brightly colored banners to be displayed on Main Street, as part of its mission to enhance the economic viability and preserve the beauty and character of downtown Vergennes.