August 10th, 2015
NEW HAVEN — In the much-anticipated summertime tradition, crowds at the Addison County Fair and Field Days flocked to the dirt track Wednesday and Thursday evening to see cars trucks and vans meet in battle. After six qualifiers and two features, vehicles were reduced to smoking, twisted metal, and champions left with checks in their pockets and trophies in hand.
NEW HAVEN — Ashley Bodington of Vergennes and Scott “Crash” Cram of Rutland won Thursday’s features at the No. 1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby at Addison County Fair and Field Days.
Bodington, barely taller than her bright blue four-door sedan, prevailed in the big-car feature that capped the evening.
As Middlebury residents, businesses and town officials jump into the fray that has rather suddenly surrounded the proposed railway improvements through Middlebury’s downtown — replacing the underpasses on Main Street and Merchants Row — let’s be sure the message we’re sending does not smack of a community opposed to development and resistant to change.
Brenda Ellis raises important issues of public concern in her thoughtful letter about equipping Middlebury police with Tasers.
Please turn to the person next to you and ask if they find the following scenario shocking. A woman is driving under the influence of alcohol after a long day of work. She is also under the influence of three prescription drugs, all designed to combat anxiety and depression. The pills come with the caution that they should not be taken while consuming alcohol. The pills heighten the effects of alcohol.
The woman kills a man on a bicycle.
Seventy years ago, Aug. 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. On Aug. 9, 1945, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
Thirty years ago, Aug. 4, 1985, the Pentagon was encircled by peace banners.
Justine Merritt, a grandmother from Denver, was moved during her daily prayers: She wanted to encircle the Pentagon in a ribbon of peace. That year was 1982.
On Route 7, right as you enter Middlebury, there is a Confederate flag hanging on a house. I feel that the flag is now a symbol of evil and sends the wrong message.
As we are one of the most welcoming states in the nation, I feel that it is giving visitors the wrong idea of our town. I think this will tell the visitors that we might be a racist town or a town that is not welcoming to people of different origins or skin colors.
MIDDLEBURY — A coalition of Addison County businesspeople has emerged as the only group still in the running to develop Middlebury’s so-called “Economic Development Initiative (EDI)” property, one of the last remaining parcels available to build upon in the downtown.