August 4th, 2011
Imagine: black men, barefoot, wearing grass skirts, shirtless, with war-painted faces, uttering gibberish, affecting a crude stereotype of African tribesmen, straight out of Tarzan movies. These were the Zulu Cannibal Giants, African-American baseball players in the 1930s, making a living, clowning, barnstorming the country, delighting white patrons.
Later, this team evolved into the Ethiopian Clowns, and finally the Indianapolis Clowns. The Clowns were a powerful force in black baseball from 1935 to the mid-1950s.
Attorney General William Sorrell has not faced a competitive election in his 14 years in office. In 1997, former Gov. Howard Dean nominated Attorney General Jeffrey Amestoy to become Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. At the same time, Dean appointed Sorrell, his administration secretary, to succeed Amestoy. In each of the seven elections from 1998 through 2010, Sorrell was re-elected without a serious contest.
MIDDLEBURY —Middlebury would be well served in hiring an economic development director to actively recruit new businesses to Addison County’s shire town, according to local stakeholders.
That’s the conclusion of a Middlebury College student hired by the town this summer to research its economic development policy and determine whether it would be wise to hire a director to spearhead commercial, retail and industrial growth.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles focusing on the changing role of information technology in various sectors.
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police arrested two Bristol residents on drug and aggravated assault charges on Wednesday following a shooting incident in Hinesburg.
The incident stemmed from a complaint from Shawn Holbrook, 34, of Hinesburg, who alleged he was shot at on Wednesday at about 12:30 a.m. while driving his vehicle near the intersection of Route 116 and Mechanicsville Road in Hinesburg. Police confirmed two bullet holes in the driver’s side door and were subsequently able to recover evidence of the shooting at the scene.
FERRISBURGH — After netting a host of awards for high-quality milk and conservation farming practices, Cheryl and J.D. DeVos of Kimball Brook Farm in Ferrisburgh have a top prize to add to their trophy case: Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year for 2011.
LINCOLN — Nestled in a Lincoln nook, just between the western slopes of Mount Ellen and Mount Abraham, exists the axis of what the Halby family intends to be an innovative utopia: Zeno Mountain Farm.
The setting, which consists of a central farmhouse surrounded by a treehouse village, is home to a unique multi-age camp that its operators believe creates a comfortable atmosphere for people with disabilities to comfortably express their diverse natures.
GRANVILLE — In its most recent attempt to control costs, the United States Postal Service has singled out a host of post offices across the nation — including Granville and 13 others in Vermont — for potential closure.
After spending the next few months soliciting public feedback in each of the 3,600 locations under the microscope nationwide, the USPS will decide which post offices it will close.