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October 20th, 2016
Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of essays on Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.
What is the Bible? It is a book that contains the sacred scriptures of Judaism and Christianity. However, Jews and Christians differ about its meaning, even though, for the most part, they are referring to much the same thing when they use the name “Bible.” A Christian Bible has two parts, whose names “Old Testament” and “New Testament” signify a theological view of human history that I will explain shortly.
Bread & Puppet Theater will perform for one night only on Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Society, 2 Duane Court in Middlebury, with a brand new giant puppet show inspired by the forthcoming elections.
FERRISBURGH — The public is invited to come to the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh onSunday, Oct. 23, at3 p.m.when Frederick Wiseman presents his work on Rokeby’s Abenaki artifacts.
Rowland E. Robinson had friends among the Abenaki who camped, hunted and fished along the shores of Lake Champlain. He collected baskets, snowshoes and other items, some of which are unique in New England. Frederick Wiseman will share his research into this little-known archaeological and ethnographic collection, featuring some surprising pieces.
The Vergennes Opera House is not hosting a performance this Saturday evening, it's a journey ? a journey through the history of jazz. It's also a celebration ? celebrating the 25th anniversary of Vergennes-based LC Jazz. This 18-piece classic big band along with actor Christopher Ross will guide the audience from the birth of jazz in New Orleans through the fabulous '50s ? think Sinatra, Bennett and Darin. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
VERMONT — Opponents of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline into Addison County have filed a complaint with a federal agency, alleging that Vermont’s Department of Public Service overlooked repeated safety violations during the pipe’s construction.
Department of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia said the accusations are entirely unfounded.
“This is a hail-Mary, last-ditch effort to scuttle this project,” Recchia said.
NEW HAVEN — After much swishing and spitting, winners were named at the 2016 International Cold Climate Wine Competition last month, and Lincoln Peak Vineyard of New Haven came out on top as “Winery of the Year.”
Out of 365 wines from 64 commercial wineries across the U.S. and Canada, the New Haven vineyard’s wines took home the most medals and awards at the competition in St. Paul, Minn.
“We were awarded one Best in Show, two Double Golds, three Golds, three Silver and two Bronze medals,” said Sara Granstrom, of Lincoln Peak.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police say a man from Houston, Texas, was involved in a sexual assault on the Middlebury College campus on Monday evening, and they say he may have been involved in other incidents, as well.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the Middlebury Police Department arrested 31-year-old Nam Vu Bui on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism following the investigation into an incident that occurred on the Middlebury College campus the previous evening. Bui is not a student at the college.
MIDDLEBURY — A panel of some of the most influential members of Addison County’s criminal justice system said they are not aware of racial bias within the local courts or law enforcement agencies, but they vowed to be vigilant in detecting and eradicating such behavior if it were to ever becomes evident.