June 6th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — What is the most extreme race — marathon, triathlon, Iron Man?
Andy Weinberg has been there and done that, more times than he can count.
While an Iron Man race sounds like a challenge — it is comprised of 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, and 26.2 miles running — one look at Weinberg’s racing résumé is all one needs to understand the passion this Middlebury resident has for pushing himself to the peak of his ability.
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For all those of you who are sick of wet weather, you're not alone. This anonymous e-mail forward came across our desks today, so we thought we'd share it here.
Tired of the rain?
A curious fellow died one day and found himself waiting in the long line of judgment.
VERMONT — Renewable energy advocates hope that a new law signed last week by Gov. Peter Shumlin will lead to a surge of solar power in the state’s energy grid. The Vermont Energy Act of 2011, which will take effect on July 1, mandates that all utility companies provide residential customers who use solar power with a 20-cent credit for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy they generate.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College students have done some homework for a committee exploring potential centerpieces for the new Main Street roundabout.
The 13 students, enrolled in the college’s spring course “Introduction to Architectural Design,” recently produced a series of intriguing drawings and miniature models of sculptures they believe could fill the roundabout void in an artful and utilitarian manner.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-based Good Point Recycling has won electronic waste handling contracts for New York and Rhode Island and is close to finalizing a similar deal with Vermont as it further burnishes its reputation as one of the world’s pre-eminent e-waste recyclers.
The company has also broadened its business plan by serving as a broker for low-cost, refurbished computers, funneling them to classrooms and blossoming businesses in a half-dozen economically developing countries thirsting for tools to join the global economy.
MIDDLEBURY — Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center has 105 rooms designed to help people maximize their quality of life.
Now the center has opened a room aimed at aiding terminally ill people experience compassion and dignity in death.
VERGENNES — For Vergennes writer Barry Estabrook, good things come in pairs.
At the James Beard Award ceremony last month, Estabrook took top honors for his food policy blog, “Politics of the Plate,” and he's also preparing for the release on June 7 of his new book, "Tomatoland."
RIPTON — The Ripton planning commission this summer is scheduled to field an application for 10 cabins on part of a 112-acre parcel at 2430 North Branch Road. The 10-unit planned unit development is being considered by property owners Carol and Marty Kulczyk. Tentative plans call for the cabins to be rentals and confined to a 24-acre segment of the 112-acre parcel. The Kulczyks would like to build the cabins — ranging from 400 to 600 square feet — in four phases, according to recent planning commission minutes. Each cabin would have a bathroom and an efficiency kitchen.