April 28th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Weybridge, received a lot of feedback on Tuesday in wake of the Senate’s passage, by a 21-9 vote, of a bill that lays the foundation for a single-payer health care system in Vermont.
But perhaps none of the feedback touched her as much as a message she got from the parents of her new grandchild, who turned two years old this week.
MIDDLEBURY — The improved 2011 version of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ tennis team moved to 2-0 on Monday, when the Tigers defeated visiting U-32, 4-0, in a rain-shortened match.
A year ago, a Tiger team with only eight players often had to forfeit either a singles or a doubles match against each opponent finished 3-11. This year, Coach Franz Kollas’s team doubled in size to 16 and has healthy competition up and down the ladder for spots.
Every so often I become obsessed with the idea of getting a puppy.
This wouldn’t be so bad, except that my fantasies of dog ownership rarely factor in the true rigor of that sort of project. You see, I grew up with no pets, on the fifth floor of a 100-year-old apartment building in New York City (read: no elevator).
We began the Great Real Estate Adventure-Dilemma (GREAD) back in February.
For me, our new home would be the sixth place I’ve occupied in the past seven years. African herdsman move less often than I do.
Like all naïvely optimistic would-be homeowners, we were sure that we would find several great places to choose from.
MIDDLEBURY — When Jennifer Wagner auditioned for a role in “The King and I” with the Middlebury Community Players, she never expected to find that the musical about a British woman in 19th century Siam had local historical connections.
But a chance trip to Manchester earlier in April brought the play, which on Thursday begins a two-week run at Town Hall Theater, a little closer to home. In Manchester, she stumbled upon the tombstones of Shoreham natives Asa and Lucia Hemenway, who served as missionaries to Siam (now Thailand) between 1839 and 1850.
ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — As thousands of people pitch in to clear trash off of Vermont roadsides on Saturday, May 7, they will be observing a Green Up Day tradition established by Gov. Deane Davis in 1970.
After members of each community package litter into Green Up bags for pick-up along newly clean roadsides, towns across the county will observe the 31st annual spring-cleaning event with cookouts, community dinners and raffles.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday took another step toward a new police station, and heard for the first time a suggestion on how to pay for it without raising taxes.
Aldermen unanimously voted to ask City Manager Mel Hawley to study building a new station on city-owned land off Green Street, and they heard Hawley cite the Tower Fund as a way to pay for it.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police and managers of several local affordable housing developments are joining forces to fight what they say has been a recent surge in illegal drug activity.
Middlebury officials specifically identified John Graham Court as a neighborhood in which some residents — particularly young families — have been complaining about drug transactions.