November 3rd, 2011
After months of grueling debate matched by great compromise, the writing of the U.S. Constitution came to a close in September 1787. As a framework for just governance, it was based as much on established principle as it was on experimentation, relying heavily on the virtue and will of the American people. The proposed system bestowed enough power in the people for them to stake a claim to their future, if they chose to.
A few months ago, I was asked by an editor at the college’s “Middlebury Magazine” to write about a tree house that had been constructed during our college years. That piece appears in the current issue of the magazine. Because it’s a story I’ve also wanted to tell in this space, I’ve adapted the magazine account for today’s column.
You should see our new house. Or rather, you should see my imaginary remodeled version of our current house. I drew it up on a simple computer-aided design program we have that lets you draw floor plans and turn them into realistic 3-D renderings.
MIDDLEBURY — Growing local agricultural business is all well and good, but how do farmers pay for it?
That’s the question that a number of area groups are seeking to answer with a “Financing the Working Landscape” conference in Middlebury next Thursday, Nov. 10.
Last weekend, a devastating and record-breaking blizzard slammed much of southern New England with incredible amounts of October snow. Yet the weather in Addison County was significantly less wild - instead of feet of snow, our first snow of the winter consisted of a dusting to a couple of inches on Saturday night.
Last Thursday, the Middlebury selectboard held a special meeting in East Middlebury to gather concerns about controversial work in the Middlebury River after Tropical Storm Irene. Town officials told a crowd of local residents that they’re caught between outside regulators, feeling abandoned by the state and blocked by the feds.
Watch footage of the meeting below, and read our coverage here.
Senior reporter John Flowers makes a weekly Tuesday radio appearance on Morning News Service, a program on Waterbury-based WDEV, 96.1 FM. He wraps up recent Addison County news for listeners across Vermont.