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May 12th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — The faculty and staff of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center Adult Education Program announce that the following students completed the Licensed Nurse Assistant certificate program during the month of April and were licensed by the Vermont State Board of Nursing: Veronica Sargent, Chelsea Plouffe, Lisa Kenyon, Amber Dragon, Jeffery Andrews and Loren Thresher.
BRISTOL — Although many Vermonters are flocking to Cuba, few have lifelong connections with the island nation. Bristol resident and musician Rick Ceballos will share his story and images of the trip that reconnected him with his Cuban heritage in “Cuba: A Personal Journey”at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The presentation is hosted by the One World Library Project.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Gateway Players will stage another summer production this coming July and they are looking for young thespians to take part.
Auditions for “Alice in Wonderland,” the classic fantasy by Lewis Carroll, will be held for young people ages 6 to 18, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, and Friday, May 20, in the Lawrence Memorial Library at 40 North St. in Bristol.
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, April 30, 35 tai chi practitioners and interested community members gathered at the new Middlebury recreation facility on Creek Road to be part of the celebration of the 2016 World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day.
CORNWALL — The kid from the Bronx and the farmer’s daughter, Eric and Roma “Mo” Mortensen of Cornwall, have been married for 50 years. Instead of a big party on May 22, we have been celebrating their 50th year of marriage all year long. We keep a scrapbook of their adventures as a reminder of the joys we experienced. We have simple dates and outings and visits to friends and family all over the country. Most mornings, we greet each other with “Happy anniversary.” It has been an interesting journey.
As the last snowfall of the winter of 2015-2016 recedes into memory, it feels like spring has truly arrived. Even before that last snow — gosh, only a little more than two weeks ago — me and my family were getting the lawn cleared of its winter debris and I even puttered around in the garden the weekend before that snow. I got my peas in the ground then.
Donald Trump’s clinching the Republican presidential nomination will pose challenges for Vermont Republicans. In order to win statewide races, GOP candidates need the votes of independents, who disapprove of Trump by large margins.
Trump did win the Vermont Republican primary in March, with 33 percent of the vote. However, he received only 10 percent of all votes cast on Town Meeting Day. In November, Trump could well receive less than 40 percent of the Vermont presidential vote.
When we moved a few months ago, downsizing from a large Victorian house that we will hold in our memories as the home where we raised our sons, the act of taking the house apart brought — to my surprise — an image of my father’s brain to mind.
My father died at the age of 86 from causes related to a disintegrating brain. We thought of it simply as dementia, but there was much more going on.