September 4th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Opera Company of Middlebury will present one of the glories of English music, “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell, in three semi-staged concert performances at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury the weekend of Oct. 16.
This will be the first time Opera Company of Middlebury (OCM) will present a Baroque opera. “Dido and Aeneas” premiered in 1689 and is generally considered the first great English opera.
VERGENNES — It truly pays to live in a small community. Recently, one of our hearing-impaired students at Northlands Job Corps came to an abrupt halt in her training. That was the day that Ashley Knudsen’s battery in her hearing aid stopped working.
Ashley, 22, came to Northlands a little over a year ago from Rhode Island. Ashley’s hearing deficit came after a childhood injury. She is set to complete the office administration trade in October and is hoping to permanently relocate to Vermont after completing the program.
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school sports action in the middle of last week, Middlebury and Otter Valley field hockey and Mount Abraham boys’ soccer earned wins, while the Eagle and Tiger girls’ soccer squads and the OV boys’ and girls’ soccer teams came up short.
BRISTOL — Citing increasing job commitments and the long winter basketball season, Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball coach Mike Estey has decided to step down after three seasons.
Estey’s tenure was not marked by great win-loss records, but Mount Abe Co-Athletic Director Jeff Stetson said the results were largely beyond the coach’s control.
Stetson called Estey’s work successful in other regards.
VERMONT — A Democratic gubernatorial primary in 2016 is now official.
Matt Dunne, a Google executive and Hartland resident, announced his bid for governor via email Wednesday morning.
Dunne’s candidacy sets up a Democratic primary contest with at least one other candidate, House Speaker Shap Smith, who announced his bid for governor last month. A third potential contender, Sue Minter, the secretary of the Agency of Transportation, is mulling a race as well.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful community for the years of support to the Back-to-School Shop. For 12 years this project supplied low-income families with children in grades K-9 with needed school supplies in a “shop” format in Middlebury, Vergennes and Bristol during two days before the beginning of the school year.
I was raised in rural upstate New York and saw some of the problems that comewith fracking. As a result, I have a great appreciation for alternative, clean, renewable power, like solar power.
I’m not an engineer, but I try to see and think about what’s going onaround me. With fracking, the water being used is 4,000 feet down, but isn’t it still part of the hydraulic cycle? Someday it’ll be up here with our regular drinking water.