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June 9th, 2011
This thing you are reading may look like a newspaper. But in a sense it’s actually a dinosaur.
Those of us who were brought up on print still love our dino-papers. We will probably continue reading them in varying degrees until the day we die. Indeed, it’s been said that the best hope for the newspaper industry is Americans over 50.
Which means the business in its present form has got maybe another 30 years before it’s the stuff of legend.
The Vergennes Commodores faced off against the Middlebury Tigers in a Division-II quarterfinal baseball game on Friday, June 3. The Commodores defeated the Tigers 16-4 behind 5 RBIs from Charlie Stapleford and a strong pitching performance from Devin Hayes. VUHS advanced to face Missisquoi in the semifinals.
THE MIDDLEBURY OPERA Company presents Puccini’s “La Rondine.” The show opened June 3 at the Town Hall Theater, with a cast and chorus of professional and local singers under the direction of Douglas Anderson. The show also features a large orchestra under the direction of OCM’s new musical director Emmanuel Plasson. The opera will also be performed on June 8 and 10 at 8 p.m.
Independent photos/Trent Campbell
ADDISON COUNTY — For farmers across the state, the wettest spring on record is causing setbacks and difficulties. And while the past week brought some drier weather, the heavy clay soils in Addison County continue to do what they do best: hold water.
“Addison County is having one of the hardest times in the state,” said Heather Darby of the University of Vermont Extension.
Loren Wood of Woodnotch Farm in Shoreham said the window for planting corn is closing quickly.
MIDDLEBURY — The Death Race, a multi-day physical and mental challenge created five years ago by Middlebury resident Andy Weinberg, is designed to be the final word in extreme racing. Competitors are told when to show up but not given any specifics on the unique mix of grueling challenges scattered across the mountainous and forested terrain they will face.
BRISTOL — Some Bristol businesses struggled through the heavy winter as a couple empty storefronts on Main Street reflect.
Five Main Street businesses closed this year and two operations moved — Bristol Physical Therapy set up shop on North Street and the Pathways program of the Mount Abraham Union High School, which had a Main Street storefront, moved back into the school — leaving a total of seven vacancies on Bristol’s main drag.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College and town officials are working on plans to create a legal entity able to field development offers for a 1.5-acre piece of property behind the Ilsley Library in downtown Middlebury.
The land in question is jointly owned by the town and college and has been identified as a logical spot for a mixed-use project that could draw more businesses and shoppers to the downtown area. A special committee was formed last year to oversee planning for the so-called Economic Development Initiative, also known as EDI.
MIDDLEBURY — A mother-daughter team is proposing to open a new child care center at 111 Court St. that could accommodate up to 45 children and employ up to 10 care-givers.