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Opera Review: Opera co. brings Puccini’s fairytale to life with 'impossibly beautiful' voices

Posted on June 4, 2015 |
By Nancy Maxwell



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Puccini’s last opera, the great “Turandot,” is a dark, Oriental fairytale with a riveting, contemporary, cinematic score. Perhaps knowing this would be his last work Puccini held nothing back and from the first moment the opera explodes with musical thrills and chills.

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Jackie Nienow, a favorite of students, retires from Mary Hogan School

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — One of Jackie Nienow’s most vivid childhood memories is of her father bringing home a classroom-size chalkboard that had been orphaned by renovations to a nearby school.

“I was in fourth grade and I taught school all the time in the neighborhood; I even had parent conferences,” Nienow chuckled in recalling how she put the chalkboard — and her blossoming teaching talents — to good early use. “My mother used tell me, ‘Think about all the free child care you’re providing.’”

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Changes eyed for Route 7 intersection by MUHS

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is exploring alternatives and will recommend improvements to the intersection at Charles Avenue, Court Street and Monroe Street with the goal of improving mobility and safety for personal vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and public transit.

Town officials invite the public to an initial information meeting on the issue this Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the Middlebury Union High School cafeteria.

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Students release the trout they nurtured from egg to fry

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Though the academic year is winding down for schools across Vermont, 23 local schools — including Mary Hogan Elementary in Middlebury — are ramping up efforts toward a new beginning, one that will give life to thousands of trout fry to be released into Vermont waters.

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Middlebury College sends off grads with this message: Find your passion

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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MIDDLEBURY — As Washington, D.C., native Kate McCreary walked to receive her college diploma on Sunday, she breathed a sigh.

“I was kind of relieved, both to have a college diploma and also to have the graduation over so I can sleep a little bit,” the freshly minted Middlebury College alum said. “I feel celebratory and excited! It didn’t really make me sad.”

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Opera preview: Covers for 'Turandot' aren't second string

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By David Weinstock



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Great news for opera lovers: Although the Opera Company of Middlebury has sold out every ticket for its main performances of Puccini’s “Turandot,” which opens at the Town Hall Theater this Friday evening, you might still score a seat for a June 5 performance by the “covers.” Covers are the full stand-by cast of understudies, all gifted professional singers who rehearse along with the main cast and are ready to step in for a lead singer if needed.

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Neighbors pan Middlebury airport expansion proposal

Posted on May 22, 2015 |
By John Flowers



EAST MIDDLEBURY — More than 80 area residents turned out at the Middlebury State Airport this past Tuesday evening to learn more about a proposed runway renovation/expansion project.

Many took the chance to voice their concerns about the possibility that those upgrades — and others laid out in a state airports master plan — could bring larger planes, heavier and larger aircraft traffic, more noise and possibly more lighting to what is now a modest airfield nestled in a residential neighborhood.

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St. Mary's and MUMS to hire new leaders

Posted on May 22, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Two Middlebury schools are preparing for some leadership transitions.

Middlebury Union Middle School will welcome a new assistant principal this summer, while St. Mary’s School is looking for a new top administrator to lead its students.

MUMS Principal Patrick Reen confirmed the appointment of Scott Sivo as new assistant principal. Sivo currently holds that same title at Hull High School in Hull, Mass., which is located south of Boston.

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Group encourages girls to take up lifelong sports

Posted on May 22, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Abby Weissman admits she wasn’t an extraordinary athlete while growing up. She didn’t win any athletic scholarships and spent most of her running races in the middle of the pack. But she did have something else going for her, a series of coaches throughout high school and college that taught her to love athletic pursuits. Thanks to the coaches she had, Weissman is still participating in sports like running and cross-country skiing.

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Film festival gets a 'beary' good sponsor

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the first-ever Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) have signed up a major new sponsor and have thus far received almost 200 film submissions for a four-day event that’s expected to attract upwards of 1,000 people to Addison County’s shire town for four days this August.

The new sponsor is Vermont Teddy Bear Co., which will, among other things, be providing custom-made VTeddy Award statuettes that will be presented to the winning filmmakers before the curtain comes down on the MNFF on Aug. 30.

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