May 13th, 2010
LINCOLN — Lincoln Community School teacher Alice Leeds has been named this year’s recipient of the Governor’s Heritage Award for Outstanding Educator, earning the commendation in large part because of the rigorous “place-based” learning she encourages among her fifth- and sixth-grade students.
GOSHEN — In late March, Tony Clark, owner of Blueberry Hill Inn and Cross Country Ski Center, closed on a deal to sell 54 acres of his land to the National Forest Service.
The sale is the first of several potential changes coming to the Blueberry Hill Inn. In February, town officials at a selectboard meeting said that the Moosalamoo Association had applied for a grant of $1 million to purchase the ski touring center as Clark moved toward retirement.
BRISTOL — In what Mount Abraham Union High School coach Jeff Stetson called “a clean, well-played high school baseball game,” his Eagles on Tuesday edged visiting Vergennes Union High School, 3-1.
The win pushed the defending Metro Conference champion Eagles’ record to 8-2, the best in Division II, despite losing their top pitcher and the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 hitters from 2009.
Senior co-captain Shawn Marcelle, who had two hits on Tuesday and has tossed two shutouts this spring, said the Eagles have stepped into their new roles and gotten timely hits.
MIDDLEBURY — As the president and CEO of eDoc Innovations, Bret Weekes is used to helping other firms electronically organize and manage their information.
File this one under “How Not to Introduce Yourself to the Community,” or “What Happens When an Outtatown Owner Takes Over.”
For several years, enterprising gardeners around Middlebury sought a site for a community garden. Otter Creek Brewery rode to the rescue last year, generously providing open land behind the brewery on Exchange Street for two or three dozen garden sites.
I recently returned from a two-week trip to England, which coincided with the last two weeks of the British general election campaign. The British election presented some very interesting comparisons to an observer of American politics.
The entwined subjects of immigration and race have always hit home in our household.
Technically, I’m an immigrant, based on the laws in effect when I was 14 back in the late 1960s. My dad was born in England, my mom in Massachusetts, and I was born in England. I had to choose between England and the United States. I chose here; my dad already had.
My wife’s dad is also first-generation Irish, and one of our sisters-in-law is a first-generation immigrant. And let’s just say that our extended family is diverse.
The Middlebury selectboard’s decision Tuesday night to create an ad hoc committee to study ways to boost the local economy is a welcome move that offers much potential, first by pushing more aggressively for economic development, and secondly, by doing more to help promote the town’s events and activities that helps keep Middlebury’s businesses vital and greatly enhances the town’s quality of life.
Nor is it a moment too soon.