June 25th, 2012
EAST MIDDLEBURY — John and Theresa Anderson bought their home off Grist Mill Road around seven years ago. Among its many assets: A backyard spacious enough for a horse ring and a border with the Middlebury River.
The river, however, has now become a mixed blessing.
A series of soaking storms — punctuated by Tropical Storm Irene last year — have at times turned the placid river into a raging juggernaut, careening against its banks and spilling into portions of the East Middlebury community.
VERGENNES — Free wifi now blankets downtown Vergennes, courtesy of the eVermont grant the city won in 2010. The Bixby Free Memorial Library served as the lead applicant for that grant, with support from the Vergennes partnership.
Wifi service extends on Main Street from just east of Vergennes City Hall westward past the Bixby, and also southward down Green Street to the Vergennes fire department.
ADDISON COUNTY –– Four-year-old Nathan Stefani eagerly watched Dennis Waring play a banjo made out of plywood and a cheap plastic bucket.
The performance delighted the young audience, and Stefani gave it a thumbs-up review.
“I liked it!” the Middlebury resident said.
Stefani and more than 80 other children and parents gathered last Thursday at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury to watch From Trash to Tunes, one of many performances the Ilsley holds as part of its summer reading program.
MIDDLEBURY — Earlier this month, Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History picked a local man with experience in the field as its new executive director.
William F. Brooks Jr. of New Haven took over on June 5 after eight years as the development director of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation in Plymouth Notch.
Sheldon board of trustees chairwoman Marnie Wood said Brooks is an ideal fit.
FERRISBURGH — On Father’s Day, a nine-months pregnant Heather Ayer realized the time had come.
She, her boyfriend, Anthony Denning, and his mother, Lisa Denning, headed from her Benson home toward Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, with Lisa Denning behind the wheel.
The car did not make it in time.
Instead, late on June 17 Ayer’s daughter, Kaimara, was born on the side of Route 7 at 6 pounds, 3 ounces and perfectly healthy, according to Vergennes Area Rescue Squad volunteers.
VERGENNES — The eVermont grant that helped bring free wifi to downtown Vergennes has also benefited the Bixby Free Memorial Library inside its walls, too.
The eVermont grant paid for several upgrades at the Bixby, including the purchase of laptops, iPads, three e-readers (two Nooks and a Kindle), and several small video recorders known as flip cameras.
MIDDLEBURY –– The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) recognized Vermont Hard Cider as its Outstanding Business of the Year, and John and Roch MacIntyre for Outstanding Citizens at its annual meeting this past Wednesday night at 51 Main.
Outgoing board president Donna Donahue lauded Vermont Hard Cider not only for being an exceptional company, but also for deciding to grow its manufacturing business in Middlebury, their charitable contributions, and their commitment to job security.
It is a simple fact that many “countries” in the Middle East are not really nation-states as they are understood to be in the West, but rather often unhappy agglomerations of ethnic, tribal, sectarian and even national groups having little in common.
Instability in the Middle East can be measured by the extent of tribal, sectarian, ethnic and national frictions in any “country” in the region.