MIDDLEBURY — Len Rowell well remembers the good ol’ days, when families or friends used to sit down and tell stories at the dinner table or around the proverbial potbellied stove at the local general store.
But the weaving of yarns, Rowell lamented, is fast fading from a society increasingly spoon-fed entertainment through televisions, computer monitors and even cell phones. Storytelling, especially for the younger generation, is now done in impersonal staccato through texts and tweets.
WHITING — Following a dog bite incident in January, the Whiting selectboard has decided on the need for an animal ordinance.
The town still has 15 unregistered dogs, according to recent reports. Owners must provide proof that dogs have rabies shots upon registration, and the selectboard has agreed that it must have an ordinance as a matter of public safety. An ordinance would allow the town to enforce registration and safety in the case of dog bites.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their May 22 meeting began their work on the 2012-2013 city budget by agreeing with City Manager Mel Hawley’s recommendations for fire and sewer department spending, Mayor Michael Daniels said the next day.
Daniels said aldermen moved quickly on Hawley’s $123,100 Vergennes Fire Department proposal because it will allow city officials to mail out contracts promptly to the other towns that share that cost with the city: Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham.
MIDDLEBURY — Construction teams are putting the final cosmetic touches on the new, 90,000-square-foot inn building that is the centerpiece of the Eastview at Middlebury retirement community off South Street. The inn will officially open to residents on June 1.
VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes City Council held their annual goal-setting discussion at a meeting last Tuesday, May 22. Here is what each alderman said:
• Ziggy Comeau said she would like to continue to establish better dialogue with surrounding towns. “If something comes up, we have to communicate with each other,” she said.
• Randy Ouellette said he would like to make sure the annual Youth Fishing Derby continues to run smoothly, and to “come up with a plan” and a site for the new police station.
STARKSBORO — The Starksboro community will have to adjust to life next year without their long-time principal. Come August, he’ll be 2,000 miles south.
Dan Noel, principal of Robinson Elementary School, and his wife Nicki Bergstrom-Noel, an English teacher at Mount Abraham Union High School, made the decision to take a one-year leave of absence next year and take their two daughters — Delia, 4, and Hazel, 2 — on the adventure of a lifetime. The two educators are relocating their family to the 65-square-mile Caribbean island of St. Kitts.
BRANDON — Find a need, and fill it — that’s the recipe for business success.
Ed and Deb Bratton saw firsthand the need for a local fiber mill after 10 years in business with Maple View Farm Alpacas on Adams Road in Brandon. Now, they hope their new venture, Vermont Fiber Mill and Studio, will pay off as well.
MIDDLEBURY — Speakers at Middlebury College’s graduation Sunday told the 557 seniors about to receive their bachelor of arts degrees to believe their ability to change the world.
“There is no advanced degree required for achieving the impact on children,” featured speaker William E. Strickland Jr. said. “But it does require passion, a zeal and insistence on doing things right as opposed to doing them wrong.”