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November 5th, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — They stood in silence, focusing on breath. Slowly, their arms rose in a smooth synchronized movement and then drifted back down by their sides. From this starting point, a group of 16 men and women from as far north as Alburgh, as far south as Brandon and Orwell and many towns between, spent two days intensively studying adaptations of the first 12 forms of the Sun practice of Tai Chi.
This week’s writer is Bethany Hallock of Ferrisburgh. She offered this as a first-hand account from someone involved in a high-profile news event, and we were happy to publish it because it speaks to how people in our community respond when a member of the community is involved in a life-changing catastrophe.
MIDDLEBURY — Dana Auditorium at Middlebury College overflowed last Thursday, as the college held its first judicial board hearing open to the broader college community in more than five years.
Five students defended their actions last month when they posed as the college’s communications office and distributed a mock press release under the guise of the “Dalai Lama Welcoming Committee.” The fake press release stated that the college would divest from weapons and fossil fuels in honor of the Dalai Lama’s October visit.
On the whole, the proposed Bristol town plan is one town residents should pass. We congratulate the Planning Commission and the Bristol selectboard for working through a litany of issues and, after eight years and a rejection of the previous town plan, proposing a plan the public can finally support.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury is a valuable resource to our community in many ways. One population group that the library works closely with is the senior community in Addison County. From classes and reading groups, to lecture series and bridge groups, the library is a venue where seniors get excellent opportunities to stay engaged through their retirement.
MONKTON — On the morning of Oct. 13, former Town Clerk Carmelita “Carmie” and Rod Burritt were invited to go leaf peeping by their son, Chris, and daughter-in-law, Robin. “Not much to see, mostly yellows and a lot of leaves have already fallen,” said Carmie. With urging from Rod (who knew what the game plan was), Robin and Chris, she consented to the ride.
MIDDLEBURY — An opportunistic No. 2 U-32 squad topped the No. 3 Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team, 1-0, in overtime in a Wednesday Division II semifinal played at Middlebury College, ending the Eagles’ quest for the program’s first title since 2007.
The 11-5-1 Eagles earned more territory throughout the game, especially in the first half, but the 14-1 Raiders’ speedy forwards created just as many chances, and their pressure paid off 4:09 into overtime.
MIDDLEBURY — Arguably the finest season in the history of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer program came to an end on Thursday, when No. 5 Burlington blanked top-seeded MUHS, 2-0, in a Division I semifinal in what was the Tigers’ first appearance in a state semifinal in 34 years.
Despite the seeding, the result was not an upset. The 14-2-1 Seahorses’ only losses had come on the road to Champlain Valley and Essex, the teams that battled in double overtime in Thursday’s other D-I semifinal, won by CVU, 1-0.