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August 20th, 2015
Dear Mary Hogan School and the Middlebury Community,
It is with heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation that I write to thank everyone for the “Dining for Matt” evening held on May 13 at Mary Hogan School. We are overwhelmed with the generosity of our colleagues, friends and neighbors.
I’ve attended four recent social gatherings in fabulous local settings, hosted by generous people interested in our plans for the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that unfolds Aug. 27 through 30. Festival producer Lloyd Komesar has joined me at each of these and, together, we’ve worked to start discussions about our planned festival.
The EPA’s newly released TMDL targets for phosphorus pouring into Lake Champlain are now subject to a month-long comment period.
Recently a client related a story to me. He was visited by representatives of the state occupational safety and health administration (OSHA). Apparently a passerby noticed material coming out of the barn doors while passing by on the road. The visitor was concerned enough to report the farmer for fumigating the farm with animals and workers inside. What was the mystery cloud? The farmer was applying fresh sawdust to the cows’ beds.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School activities director Sean Farrell said he had a transition plan in place for the school’s boys’ soccer program: Coach Bret Weekes would complete his third year leading the program, while MUHS math teacher Reeves Livesay would assist this year and then take over for Weekes in 2016.
That plan went by the boards when life threw a curveball at Weekes earlier this month: An illness that struck a family member living in Utah prompted a family decision to move back to that state to help provide long-term care and support.
MIDDLEBURY — After 15 years of coaching varsity boys’ basketball at Middlebury Union High School, MUHS physical education teacher Chris Altemose has decided to step down from that job to spend more time with his wife and young children, 10 and 6, but not entirely give up coaching.
Altemose for the past two years has been coaching his 10-year-old daughter’s 3rd- and 4th-grade basketball team, and he plans to move up the ladder with her and her teammates to the 5th- and 6th-grade level.
Since the late 1800s and the western expansion of the U.S., railroads have enjoyed a preferential status among businesses. That it continues today, at the expense of communities put in jeopardy by unwanted and sometimes unwise construction projects, is an anomaly that perhaps should be revisited by the state’s Legislature and the U.S. Congress.