THE 131ST, THE only Vermont Guard unit to serve in Vietnam, spent a year successfully rebuilding a road across the war-torn nation and bonding as a unit.
Photo courtesy of Betsy Page
MIDDLEBURY — On Sept. 12, 1969, the 184 members of the 131st Combat Engineers of the Vermont National Guard attended a ceremony at the Guard’s Camp Johnson. There, most of them took off their uniforms for the final time.
They had completed 17 months of active, full-time duty that began with an April 12, 1968, call-up that had long been rumored. That duty included four months of training at Virginia’s Camp Belvoir from May to September 1968.
It ended in September 1969 after the 131st Engineers had spent a year rebuilding a mountainous road that spanned almost the width of South Vietnam.
KARA LAVENDER LAW, a research professor at the Sea Education Association, told interested listeners about her personal and professional relationship with ocean plastics, during the Clifford Symposium at Middlebury College this past weekend.
Middlebury College photo/Todd Balfour
MIDDLEBURY — Dan Brayton had a number of goals in mind when he organized last weekend’s Clifford Symposium at Middlebury College, whose theme was “The Future of the Global Ocean.”
“I wanted to showcase a variety of cutting-edge marine science, and I wanted Middlebury students to know what’s going on out there — and what’s possible,” said Brayton, a professor of English and American Literatures and the program director for the Environmental Studies Department, on Tuesday. “I also wanted to try to tell the most complete story about human impact on global oceans.”
Happily for Brayton (and his “...
MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center Board is investigating allegations that the organization’s president, Dr. Seleem Choudhury, plagiarized material used in a series of recent, weekly addresses to the hospital community.
Porter officials released the following statement on Tuesday, Sept. 24:
“The Porter Medical Center Board is continuing its due diligence with regard to the complaint that, when writing his weekly messages to the Porter community, our president, Seleem Choudhury, used language from other sources without authorization or attribution. We share the PMC community’s need for...
MIDDLEBURY — The surging costs of recycling and a rise in employee health insurance costs are the major reasons for the 9.3-percent increase reflected in a proposed 2020 Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) budget. The trash district plans to spend $3.52 million in the coming year.
District officials are projecting a 12.4-percent increase in health insurance premiums. The ACSWMD — which operates a transfer station in Middlebury and offers a variety of waste-reduction education programs — has a staff of 14 full- and part-time employees.
But the biggest impact on the 2020...
Come cheer on the Middlebury College Panthers at home field hockey, soccer and football games this Saturday, Sept. 28. Bring along non-perishable food items in support of Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) food shelf as part of the athletic teams’ food drive. HOPE is in particular need of cereals, snacks, baking ingredients, condiments, soups, peanut butter and canned beans.
All are welcome to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at 4472 Basin Harbor Road in Ferrisburgh for its free “member day” this Saturday, Sept. 28. Come from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and take advantage of everything the...
ADDISON COUNTY —Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) will offer free workshops at over 50 local high schools from October through November to help families learn how to manage college costs and to fill out financial aid forms.
In Addison County and Brandon, the following workshops will take place:
• Otter Valley Union High School, Thursday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m., Computer Room.
• Mount Abraham Union High School, Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. Space is limited. Call Guidance in advance to register.
• Vergennes Union High School, Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. Space is limited. Call Guidance in...
STOWE — Three athletes with Addison County connections will join a who’s who of Vermont’s ski and snowboarding world at The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe on Nov. 2 for the induction of the class of 2019 into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. The event, hosted by the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe, will also honor the recipients of the Paul Robbins Award and First Tracks Award. One of the highlights of the evening will be the showing of short biographical films created for each inductee.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are Craftsbury’s Nordic skiing pioneer and...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, has grant funds available for on-farm capital improvement projects that have a positive impact on water quality. Eligible farmers can apply for a Water Quality Grant, which provides $5,000 to $40,000 in funding. Matching funds are required and may include federal or state grants as well as cash, loans, or labor. Application deadlines are Nov. 8, 2019, and February 7, 2020.
Water Quality Grants help farmers make water quality-related capital improvements that enhance manure...
VERMONT — Paul Bruhn, who preserved hundreds of historic sites throughout Vermont and led a movement to fortify downtowns across the state, died Thursday, Sept. 19, at age 72.
Bruhn, who co-founded the Preservation Trust of Vermont in 1980, was a modest but visionary steward of countless developments, from country store rehabilitations to Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace.
He also worked as a top aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. serving as his campaign manager in 1974, and his first chief of staff in Washington.
Bruhn died of cardiac arrest this past Thursday evening after living with...
BRISTOL — The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus are hosting a Knights in Italy spaghetti dinner on Friday, Oct. 4, from 5-7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Parish Hall in Bristol. Proceeds will go toward assisting those impacted by recent natural disasters including Hurricane Dorian.
The menu includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti with sauce, garlic bread, salad, beverages and dessert. The cost for the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and $25 for a family.
If you are unable to make the dinner but would still like to contribute to the Knights’ efforts, mail a check to the St. Ambrose...