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April 29th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury’s administrative team will be fully staffed for the first time in eight months on April 30 when Chris English formally begins his duties as the new “administrative coordinator.”
English’s duties will include assisting Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay and department heads with personnel issues, as well as leading community outreach efforts through social media and other outlets. He will also help organize public meetings, according to Ramsay.
VERGENNES — Vergennes American Legion Post 14 announceS that Addison County businessman and Vermont National Guard Brigadier Gen. Brian Carpenter will be the guest speaker at the ceremony following the annual Memorial Day parade, scheduled for Monday, May 27. The parade, reputed to be the biggest Memorial Day celebration in Vermont, will step off from Vergennes Union High School at 11 a.m. that morning and will conclude with a ceremony in Vergennes City Park at which Carpenter will speak. The parade theme is “Honor and Remember.”
Each town in Addison County has a Green Up Day coordinator, and many have special activities planned for this week. Read our story on Green Up Day and then go out and clean up your part of Vermont.
ADDISON COUNTY — Local professionals are volunteering to teach a new financial literacy class that promises to help individuals and couples learn how to manage their finances, recover from financial debt, or save for a large investment.
VERGENNES — Just as games in the Vergennes Area Youth League were set to begin this week, the league was finishing up a big push to upgrade and maintain the three ball fields that host area games, and it is beginning to plan and raise funds for a new softball field. These efforts are completely fueled by an active and hard-working group of volunteers, coaches, board members and donors, most of them parents of players.
BRANDON — A new exhibit, “A Sense of Place,” by Ruth Hamilton, is now on display at Brandon Music through June 8. Her passion and deep connection to the natural world is reflected in this series of paintings, showing an appreciation for the sustenance and beauty of it, but also a disturbing sense of just how precarious that world is.
ORWELL — Marlene Latourelle had already spent the past six years helping Shoreham-area seniors stay fit and battle osteoporosis as the leader of a twice-per-week Bone Builders class when she decided she wanted to expand her outreach.
Now the Orwell resident is preparing to teach a tai chi class — an additional offering she believes will help seniors of all physical abilities remain active and social.
“I really enjoy it,” she said of Bone Builders and tai chi. “I almost don’t look at it as a volunteer thing.”
MIDDLEBURY — Last weekend, 10 students from Middlebury Union High School joined over 500 teenagers from 35 different schools in a three-day Model United Nations conference run by Dartmouth College. In Model United Nations, students act as diplomats and negotiators from different countries, coming together in a simulated effort to solve world problems. MUHS students participated in a variety of committees, and took home two awards.