June 14th, 2012
Editor’s note: Doug Anderson’s contemporary staging of the Massenet opera “Thaïs” opened at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater last Friday and will be performed at 8 p.m. on June 14, 15 (with alternate cast) and 16. Here are responses to the work from two reviewers.
I don’t know Doug Anderson that well but I learned something new about him this past Friday; he’s not afraid to take on a challenge. To stage a production of a complex opera written in the 19th century, about a repressed monk and a promiscuous courtesan from ancient Egypt, and make it appealing to a modern audience, takes vision and some serious nerve.
MIDDLEBURY — A hospital can be an intimidating and foreboding place for those who first cross the threshold looking for a sick loved one somewhere in a veritable honeycomb of rooms.
Porter Hospital is no impersonal honeycomb, but visitors can still be anxious — until they see Mary Baker. It is then that furrowed brows become less crinkled and destinations become more clear as Baker smiles reassuringly, issues a warm welcome and asks if she can help.
And she invariably can.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Democratic Committee voted overwhelmingly on Monday to endorse Don Keeler as sheriff, a position the longtime deputy has held on an acting basis since the death of Sheriff James Coons on April 16.
The Democrats’ voice vote appears to leave the road wide open for Keeler to secure the appointment, expected to be made by Gov. Peter Shumlin. The Addison County Republican Committee had previously endorsed Keeler.
The Vergennes Union High School baseball team dropped behind 3-0 in the first inning of Saturday's Division II final against Missisquoi, but came back to beat the Thunderbirds 4-3. Afterward, the Independent caught up with some of the winning team members and coach George Ringer.
Photos: Trent Campbell, Audio: Andy Kirkaldy, Editing: Andrea Suozzo
On June 10th, 2012 at approximately 2225 hours Vermont State Police received a report of a motorcycle crash on North Street in the town of New Haven, south of the intersection with Plank Road.
Rescue and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and located Bruce Sturtevant, 44, of New Haven, on the west side of North Street under the guard rail. Bristol rescue transported Sturtevant to Porter Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Missing Person: Frank Goodfellow
Town: Starksboro, VT