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Staff blog: President Obama speaks on deficit

Posted on April 13, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



Today, President Obama spoke on the budget negotiations that have tied up congress over the past few weeks. While critiquing the Republican approach to budget-building, he laid out his own spending plan, which includes spending cuts that he said will cut the national deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years.

Below is a video, via www.whitehouse.gov, of today's speech, followed by a full transcript of the event, as released by the White House.

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Staff Blog: Sen. Leahy calls for Tik Root's release

Posted on April 1, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



On March 31, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) spoke on the Senate floor about Tik Root, a Middlebury College student from Ripton who is currently detained in Syria.

He said Root is a "young, curious American student" who, naturally, was interested in watching the events unfold. Further, he said that no one from the U.S. embassy has been allowed to see Root in order to verify that he is healthy and being humanely treated.

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Staff Blog: Ripton's Pathik Root detained in Syria (Updated)

Posted on March 31, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



Middlebury College student and Ripton native Pathik "Tik" Root disappeared while observing a protest in Damascus on March 18. Syrian authorities on March 26 confirmed that Root had been jailed, and since then state officials and his family and friends have continued working to have him released.

See bottom for our first story on Root's disappearance, and below for links to ongoing coverage of the situation.

Follow the story

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Middlebury Trailrunner: What season is it?

Posted on March 28, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Jeff Byers



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Discussion Board: Education Reform

As part of an ongoing discussion on education reform between Addison County residents and Middlebury College, we're providing community members with a platform to discuss this intricate issue. This week's discussion revolves around the following questions:

Do Addison County and the rest of the US need to reform their education systems? If so, why? And, how might education reform proceed? 

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Staff Blog: Midd professor on The Daily Show

Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week. Catch our article about the interview and what it's like to be on national television in Thursday's paper, and watch the video below.

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Table Talk: Ferrisburgh wins farm to school video contest

Last year, fifth-grade students at Ferrisburgh Central School made a video showcasing their school's local, healthy food initiatives.

In January, the video won the grand prize in “The Reel Farm to School,” a statewide school video contest sponsored by Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED), the Orton Family Foundation, Vermont Public Television and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Hartland Elementary and Randolph Elementary won second and third place in the contest.

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Middlebury Trailrunner: The Rikert 10 km race trail

Posted on March 4, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Jeff Byers



Driving up into the mountains on Sunday, I was initially undecided whether to head into lesser used trails, or confine my late afternoon ski to more groomed terrain. Noting the piles of fresh snow everywhere, but untracked paths at all my favorite trailheads, I decided that the old racing skis I had brought would lead to a far more pleasurable ski on the well groomed trails of the Rikert Ski Touring Center at the Middlebury College Breadloaf Campus.

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Staff blog: Town Meeting Day 2011 recap

Posted on March 4, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



Our newsroom staff gathered at the Addison Independent offices for the annual Town Meeting Day rush — the calls, the faxes, the emails, and the frantic rush to finish everything in time for the Thursday paper.

And of course, the liveblog.

Read the replay of the evening's results as they came in, and read our final result coverage from all of the Addison County towns (and Brandon).

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On the Ball: Seeds are planted

On the Ball: Seeds are planted

That time of the year is here, where postseasons overlap and local fans have a full menu of options. Well, almost full — the Middlebury College men’s hockey team lost in the NESCAC quarterfinal round on Saturday, its earliest exit ever.

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