July 11th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College is more linguistically diverse than most countries for two months every summer, when the school’s signature language schools take over the campus. And while the number of students in Middlebury remains relatively stable each year, the program this year is continuing its recent trend of expansion — both in number of students and geographically.
MIDDLEBURY — The Frank Mahady Courthouse in Middlebury will be even busier than usual this week. No, officials aren’t anticipating a spike in legal cases; rather, they will be in the midst of a major reorganization of services within the 40,000-square-foot building.
GRANVILLE — Since the 1960s, Granville’s tiny town office has been on a small plot of land with no running water.
Last Wednesday, Granville celebrated the grand opening of its renovated town hall and new town office, located in the town’s former schoolhouse. Town officials said Sen. Patrick Leahy was instrumental in landing the low-interest loans and grants that allowed them to complete the project, and though Leahy was in Washington at the time, Marcelle Leahy, his wife, spoke on his behalf at the ceremony on Route 100.
BRANDON — A convergence this year of three significant anniversaries, the town of Brandon’s 250th, the Brandon Town Hall’s 150th and WWII’s 70th, inspired Brandon Town Players’ Director Dennis Marden to stage the WWII musical comedy “Kilroy Was Here.” The show, which opened last Friday night and finishes its run on July 15 and 16, is the first major musical to hit the Town Hall stage in almost 30 years.
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I was eight years old when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa brought Major League Baseball back to life.
Four years after the 1994 baseball season was cut short by a player strike, America was still trying to rebuild its relationship with its national pastime. But baseball had a lot of work to do — it had, after all, walked out on the country, and you don’t just walk back in and expect everything to be fine again — you have to rebuild trust.
You have to make people believe again.
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Reporter John Flowers chatted with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb about the proposed solar array in Middlebury and the wave of solar projects going up across the county. Read the original article, "Middlebury solar array eyed," from our July 4 edition, then check out more of our stories on solar power. Listen in on the interview here, or listen to the clip on VPR's website.
My sister-in-law is about to come down with a bad case of mid-summer gardening fatigue. I can sense it creeping up on her — and many others — as it does every year right about now, just as the birds are quieting down from their early nesting hoopla, just as the sun hits its warm stride, just as vegetable gardens in New England reach their peak.
On July 4, Bristol held its 33rd annual Great Outhouse Race. The winners of four preliminary heats faced off in a final race that saw Team Snap's — representing Snap's Restaurant in Bristol — win their third straight Outhouse Race. They received stiff competition this year, however, and had to come from behind in the final race to snatch victory from newcomers team Camp Kookamunga of Middlebury.