July 15th, 2010
VERGENNES — The five towns in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union (ANwSU) area received their state educational property tax rates last week for the next fiscal year. These educational rates, which typically make up about three-fourths of the towns’ total residential tax rates, will mostly remain stable relative to recent years.
MIDDLEBURY — No one knows exactly how town photography began. In the late 1890s, people began ordering large 8” by 10” cameras from the Sears Roebuck mail order catalogue for about $40 (about 10 times the weekly wage of a cobbler). A few entrepreneurial photographers — whose identities are now unknown — began charging for photographs of families posing in front of their homes with the new cameras.
The photographers also made postcards that were mailed around the country.
While I was interviewing Jen Roberts in her Bridport home, she said something that made me want to pause my digital voice recorder.
“I was always more interested in where I wanted to be than what I wanted to do,” she said.
I was interviewing Jen and her husband Judd about their decision to raise their two daughters, Mirabelle and Adalaide, in Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — Developers of the proposed Eastview at Middlebury retirement community are seeking $1 million in federal funds to leverage more financing for the 98-unit project slated for land next to the Porter Medical center campus off South Street.
MIDDLEBURY/VERGENNES — On Tuesday evening, the Vergennes and Middlebury swim teams hosted meets at their respective home pools. Middlebury fell to Burlington Country Club with a score of 162 to 309, while the Vergennes Swim Team toppled the StKnights Swim Team of Burlington, 285 to 190.
Congratulations, everyone, we did it: We survived the heat wave.
Before, most of us didn’t know much about dealing with prolonged high temperatures. But last week gave us a crash course in climate control. While the rest of the world was talking about the World Cup and LeBron James, we were talking about dew points and home-cooling solutions.
LINCOLN — When she reached her mid-forties, Khenmo Drolma was diagnosed with cancer and given five years to live. The diagnosis pushed her to dedicate herself completely to the religion that she had been dabbling in since she was 30, Buddhism.
“That experience gave me the incentive to make a full spiritual commitment to Buddhism,” Khenmo said.
As the old saying goes, to err is human, to forgive, divine.
But England’s football team probably didn’t feel too divine on the way back from the World Cup after officials botched a call in the Brits’ match vs. Germany, a ruling that denied England a tying goal in a game they would go on to lose.
Lack of divinity was on display when Mexico and Argentina’s footballers nearly came to blows at halftime after Argentina was unfairly allowed to score from an offside position directly in front of Mexico’s net.