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September 24th, 2015
Socrates was not handsome. He was short, stocky, thick limbed, bow-legged, and large headed. He had a snub nose and protruding eyes, which served him well. His detractors called him a busybody, a buttonholer. He had the ability in extraordinary measure to engage people in conversation, fixing them in the intense glance of his bulging eyes, and to cause them to admit things about themselves that they did not care to acknowledge. And this is how he spent his time.
MIDDLEBURY — Perhaps you have seen him driving his Tiger Pride school bus with the large “M” on the front and “Tigers” on the back. Or perhaps you are one of the hundreds of people who drive by his Salisbury home each December to see his home and yard lavishly decorated with thousands of holiday lights and decorations. If so, you will understand why Wayne D. Smith has been named as this year’s inductee to the Middlebury High School/Middlebury Union High School Hall of Fame.
VERGENNES — Jenny Bower started playing piano around 4 years old, in a free-for-all class for preschoolers. She kept with it and in her third year at Oberlin College she realized that she was more interested in historical instruments.
She was drawn to the organ because her church had recently lost its organist, and then she had a string of inspiring organ teachers, including James David Christie, one of the founding fathers of the modern historical performance movement in the United States.
VERGENNES — Fifteen members of the school boards and communities in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union have been chosen to serve on an Act 46 Study Committee that is charged with studying school unification. The committee, which will begin meeting next Monday evening, aims to develop a plan that will be on Town Meeting Day ballots.
The committee members, appointed by the three elementary school boards, are:
I’m on the road again, this time for our 200-Town New England Tour for “Peter and John,” the film I made through the Movies from Marlboro program, and I’ll be stopping in Middlebury this weekend.
In the Marlboro College program I work with 22 professionals and 32 students for a film-intensive semester every two years to make an ambitious dramatic feature film.
ORWELL — To celebrate September’s Vermont Archaeology Month, the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell is offering a special “Hike into History” program with Stephen Zeoli on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — The Physics Department at Middlebury College will host a viewing of the upcoming total lunar eclipse at the college observatory on Sunday evening, Sept. 27, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The observatory, atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the moon provided the skies are mostly clear.
VERGENNES — Despite injuries, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team has been competitive in all of its games this fall and won three of them.
Unfortunately, Tuesday’s home game vs. Rice was an exception. The Division I Green Knights (4-2) got two early scores that might have taken the wind out of the Commodores’ sails, and Rice coasted to a 6-0 victory.
The Commodores fell to 3-4. Two of those losses had been by one goal, and the team had played well in a 2-0 setback against 6-1 Milton on Saturday.