October 16th, 2014
PLAY PREVIEW: Are human beings good or evil? Can civilization or science ever tame the worst in us? In Middlebury Actors Workshop’s latest production opening next week at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, set in Victorian London, we meet Dr. Henry Jekyll, a gentleman scientist who has left his practice to pursue that burning question. His solution, which makes him the world’s first psycho-pharmacologist, launches a tense and fast-moving drama.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded on Oct. 8 to a report about a youth who had passed out after smoking marijuana, and was now acting aggressively at a Seymour Street residence. Middlebury Regional EMS took the youth to Porter Hospital.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Vermont State Police with a vehicle-deer collision on Route 116 in Bristol on Oct. 6.
NEW HAVEN — As towns in Addison County field proposals for new solar power arrays, town officials and area legislators say they’d like to see communities have more influence over where projects can be sited, and how large they can be.
ADDISON COUNTY — In an effort to help area voters get to know the local candidates for the Legislature and their stands on some important issues, the Addison Independent asked those running for House and Senate to answer a short questionnaire. This week we feature the responses from candidates in three districts, and we will run answers from the rest of the Addison County candidates here.
MIDDLEBURY — It began with an idea and some initiative.
Now it’s about to become a well-oiled machine.
The founders of Full Sun Co. confirmed last week their signing of a lease with local businessman Tony Neri to occupy the former home of Vermont Soap at 616 Exchange St. in Middlebury. Plans call for that new enterprise to soon churn out thousands of gallons of non-GMO — and eventually organic — sunflower and canola oils for use in a variety of cooking preparations.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, beset by financial woes since the Vermont Agency of Education earlier this year said it would withhold funds because of “very weak” bookkeeping and many accounting problems, has taken another step toward putting the school district on firm financial ground.
Superintendent JoAn Canning announced on Monday that Windsor Northwest business manager Tonia Mears has accepted the business manager position in the Vergennes-area school district, effective Oct. 28.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s not even close to Thanksgiving yet, let alone Christmas, but Middlebury’s MaKayla Foster is already assembling a variety of items for a massive holiday gift packing event this Sunday, Oct. 19.
This week’s writer is Allan Rodgers, MBA, MEd, a professor of business at, and former president of, Vermont Technical College.
Twenty years ago, the Vermont State Colleges hit the demographic iceberg of declining future high school graduates. The good ship VSC has been taking on water ever since and the slow sinking has finally become visible on the top deck. From recent articles in various publications, it would seem that the iceberg was only recently discovered, but the truth is that the lower birth rate curve was sighted and struck 20 years ago.