Archive - Mar 2011
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Middlebury College student and Ripton native Pathik "Tik" Root disappeared while observing a protest in Damascus on March 18. Syrian authorities on March 26 confirmed that Root had been jailed, and since then state officials and his family and friends have continued working to have him released.
See bottom for our first story on Root's disappearance, and below for links to ongoing coverage of the situation.
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Last week’s decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to extend Vermont Yankee’s operating license for another 20 years does not end the controversy over the future of the plant.
The history of April Fool’s Day is, according to the briefest of Internet searches, a bit muddy. Many sources trace it back to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the late 1300s, some back even further to when Noah released one of his doves too early, before the flood waters had receded. These claims, however, are way off. Friday marks just the 200th anniversary of April Fool’s Day. And I should know because the true origins of the holiday are, I am foolishly revealing here for the first time, linked directly to my Norwegian ancestors.
MIDDLEBURY — A senior who helped the Middlebury Union High School boys earn the best record among local squads is the IndependentPlayer of the Year and headlines the 2011 Addison IndependentBoys’ Basketball All-Star Team.
Center Carl Leduc’s emergence this winter played a big role as Coach Chris Altemose’s 10-12 Tigers finished strong, including a first-round road win in the Division II playoff and a near second-round upset of the defending champion. Two more Tigers are honored here.
BRISTOL — Local House representatives said on Monday they regretted having to make substantial cuts in the fiscal year 2012 state budget — particularly in the area of human services — but they added the reductions would have been a lot deeper had they endorsed Gov. Peter Shumlin’s spending plan.
We all have personal markers for the arrival of spring.
Mine include seeing Middlebury College baseball and softball scores show up from Florida or Arizona against schools I’ve never heard of, (McHenry County?), trash-talking at our annual fantasy baseball draft, (it did not go unremarked-upon that our defending champ bought non-Cy Young candidates Doug Fister, Vin Mazzaro and David Pauley), and second-guessing winter high school all-star teams (no Carl Leduc on the boys’ Lake Division stars, and no Tiger skaters on the Free Pressteams?)
BRISTOL — Students at three Addison Northeast Supervisory Union schools have kissed desserts, processed foods and daily hamburgers goodbye because the ANeSU’s new Food Service Cooperative isn’t having any of it.
When Kathy Alexander, president of the Vermont School Nutrition Association, grabbed the cooperative’s reigns last summer, the food staff put down their box cutters and picked up their paring knives, changed recipes to include healthier ingredients, and instituted a tighter fiscal monitoring system.