February 13th, 2014
Last weekend, I finally attended my first auction. I came home without any of the antiques I saw there, but with a deeper understanding of the human psyche. That’s even better, because (a) it was free and (b) I don’t have to dust it.
As with any controversial issue, facts are a casualty of passionate debate. That’s frequently been the case with the discussion over the proposed bond for a new municipal building in Middlebury.
Let’s clarify a few points that we’ve seen distorted in the past few weeks:
Raise your hand if you’ve been to a professional convention, trade show, or other event held to honor winners, provide training, and help you network with colleagues in the greater region.
We go every February to the stately Boston Park Plaza for the New England Newspaper and Press Association convention, attend seminars over two days, have at least one good dinner out on the town, celebrate well-deserved awards, and then head back for a Sunday at home. It’s fun, engaging and we all learn more than we ever expect.
MIDDLEBURY — Brian Carpenter has spent almost his entire adult life serving his business and the U.S. Army.
He’s now hoping for a chance to serve his community as a member of the Middlebury selectboard.
MIDDLEBURY — Ted Davis finished just 43 votes shy of winning a spot on the Middlebury selectboard last year.
The retired insurance company executive and current chairman of the Middlebury Development Review Board is burning shoe leather this winter in an effort to prevail in a March 4 election in which eight residents are competing for three selectboard seats that are up for grabs.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials and UD-3 school directors continue to hammer out the terms of a proposed lease that would allow the town to erect an 11,500-square-foot recreation center — including an addition with team rooms for student athletes — on land off Creek Road.
BOSTON — The New England Newspaper and Press Association honored the Addison County Independent with 21 awards at the regional organization’s annual convention in Boston this past weekend. In the Better Newspaper Contest, the Addy Indy won gold in four categories when judged against larger weekly publications of more than 6,000 circulation from around New England.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury College sophomore will appear on the Jeopardy! College Championship, a version of the popular television game show hosted by Alex Trebek.
Erika Sloane, 19, was one of 15 undergraduates from across the country selected to compete in the tournament, which is open only to full-time undergraduates with no prior degrees.
“I grew up watching Jeopardy!, and I always wanted to be on it,” said Sloane, a native of Simsbury, Conn.