May 30th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Unseasonably bad wind and rain on Sunday drove the Middlebury College commencement ceremony indoors for the first time in 21 years. The 557 graduates of the class of 2013 gathered in a packed Nelson Recreation Center to receive their diplomas, in a ceremony that was in turns funny, thought-provoking and emotionally moving.
Overflow spaces around campus live-streamed the ceremony for friends and relatives whom the Nelson space — which could seat only 1,800 of the anticipated 5,000 commencement visitors — could not accommodate.
LINCOLN — Two groups of Vermont students will hit the road this summer with documentary film equipment in hand, as participants in “Conversations from the Open Road,” a creative new summer program founded by Vermont educator Mary Simons, in partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center.
Each group will travel to a region of the United States to explore what Simons calls the “stories behind the issue” most pertinent to that region. The program is designed for students age 16 to 19.
VERGENNES — Unlike some longtime educators, Vergennes Union Elementary School kindergarten teacher Donna Ebel did not grow up convinced she wanted to spend her career working with students.
Ebel followed a winding path to the VUES classroom that has been her professional home for the past 21 years and now for just a few days more — she will step down at the end of the school year.
MIDDLEBURY — She’s been visiting Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (HPHRC) just about every Tuesday for more than three years, but the senior residents still line up for her arrival, hoping to get some eye contact and a handshake or two. No need for an exchange of words.
Not that the celebrity in question can speak in complete sentences; her vocabulary is confined to the occasional “woof.”
COLCHESTER — Vicky M. Drew, state conservationist for Vermont’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced today that signups have begun for a new project to monitor water quality on agricultural fields in targeted areas throughout the state.
MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, for the second straight game the Vergennes Union High School softball team got a two-hit, route-going pitching performance from a junior hurler against a county rival.
Last week, Taylor Paquette produced an 8-2 win over visiting Mount Abraham. On Tuesday, classmate Emilee Trudo tossed a 13-strikeout gem as the Commodores beat host Middlebury, 10-0.
BRANDON — An exciting new opportunity for entrepreneurs in Rutland and Addison counties will be presented in Brandon on Wednesday, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Building J in Park Village, the former Brandon Training School property and future headquarters of the Brandon Venture Center Incubator. Farmers’ market vendors, start-up businesses and established producers looking to grow will find the evening not only interesting but potentially highly profitable as well.
The economics of drug use has changed dramatically in the past generation. It used to be that heroin was an expensive drug, way out of the range of high school students and casual users who had to work for a living. In the 1980s, a bag cost about $100. Today, $10 will buy you that same bag of heroin — roughly the price of a pack of smokes or a high-priced beer.