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May 6th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — There’s a lot of work and a sense of mystery associated with being Addison County’s public defender, and James Gratton embraces both facets of the job.
“I like the challenge of working with people,” Gratton said. “I like the fact that I never know when I come in in the morning what’s going to happen. I might be doing a motion that I wasn’t expecting, I might be getting through the paperwork that’s on my desk, for once.
MIDDLEBURY — “Be respectful and tolerant. Never raise your voice. Never be judgmental. Treat people kindly.”
That’s the approach to sentencing that U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III has taken throughout his 20 years on the federal bench. It’s a role the longtime Cornwall resident, of course, takes very seriously.
ADDISON COUNTY — Superior Court Judge Robert Mello called fiscal year 2014 — which spanned July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014 — a record year.
Since 2009, the Mariposa DR Foundation has been dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to end generational poverty in the Dominican Republic’s north coast, largely by focusing on educating and empowering girls. The foundation seeks to give Dominican girls the education, skills and self-confidence to pursue a path of their choosing.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Arts Walk kicks off its seventh season on Friday, May 8, from 5-7 p.m., turning the downtown and historic Marble Works into a center for art, music, food and fun. Participating businesses remain open late, becoming galleries displaying the work of area artists. Art will turn up in restaurants, on the town green, in stores and in other exciting and unlikely places. Many of the venues will display their participating artist throughout the month.
MIDDLEBURY — The Physics Department at Middlebury College is again hosting an open house night at the college observatory this spring. The observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on Friday evening, May 8, from 9 until 10:30 p.m., provided the skies are mostly clear.
Last week, during a brief family vacation to Florida, I found myself at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an attraction that straddles two Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando.
My initial reaction to going? Yeah, no.
When I was 19 years old, I found out that my mom had cancer. She had known for some time, but only when surgery was imminent did she tell us of her diagnosis, during a routine exam, of lung cancer. She was 50, and had quit smoking the year before. The subsequent surgery left her with one fully operating lung, a horror movie scar from one end of her chest to the next, follow-up radiation, nerve damage, burning and scarring. We all felt blessed she was alive.