May 8th, 2014
STARKSBORO — Tucked away in the rolling hills and babbling brooks of Starksboro is one of Addison County’s better-kept secrets — but Jim Mendell doesn’t want it to stay that way.
Mendell and his wife, Peg Kamens, are co-founders of the Common Ground Center, a family recreation retreat on a sprawling 700-acre parcel that straddles the towns of Starksboro and Monkton. Since 1994, the nonprofit has hosted children’s camps, family retreats, private parties and school groups.
Standing With Your Diversified Occupation
Students at the Wall and Later
at the National Gallery
Some of them have never flown before,
crossed a border, slept away from home.
All of them can read a carved-in name,
trace a carving in a stone.
You’ve taught them to learn with
their hands, to go beyond themselves
when they can. To take their place
As Middlebury residents face a revote next Tuesday on its proposed $6.5 million municipal building/recreational center project, we tip our hats to the more civil nature of the debate this time around. Arguments have stuck to the core issue of the value of the buildings being proposed, their location and how well they will collectively serve the public.
Last Saturday was Green Up Day. Like hundreds of other people in Addison County, I set off down the road clutching a lime-green plastic garbage bag — the international symbol for “Look at me, I’m a Good Person.”
As I trudged along picking up O.P.T. (Other People’s Trash), drivers honked and gave me the thumbs up, and passing bikers and joggers yelled out thank yous. I may as well have been wearing a cape.
We like to give Canada a hard time. The excessive politeness. The accent. The fact that if all the moose in the country formed a city, it would be the fourth most populous in all of Canada. Things like that.
I’ve been to Canada a half-dozen times, and recently spent four days in Toronto — my girlfriend was going to an international studies conference, and I tagged along for fun.
Editor's note: This week's writer is Vergennes Union High School Principal Ed Webbley
Editor's note: This week’s writer is Middlebury Selectman Brian Carpenter.
In talking with community members, I have found what I believe to be the root cause of the confusion over the selection of the Creek Road site for the town recreation facility.
Many people have asked me, “Why not at the recreation park?”
I believe the information I found on the process and the rationale may help clarify this question.
The voters of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham should send a message to the Vergennes Union High School board, administration and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials by voting no to the VUHS budget on May 13.