Archive - Apr 17, 2006
In last Thursdayâ€™s Addison Independent, we covered the naturalization ceremony in which 36 Vermont residents became American citizens. The ceremony was held at the Middlebury Union Middle School, and is one of about a dozen held throughout the state each year. Along with friends and family, more than 120 MUMS students observed the 40-minute ceremony â€” an event that was made all that much more meaningful by the thoughtful comments of U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Colleen A. Brown.
The oath of allegiance to their new country, Brown told the 36 Vermonters seeking nationalization, â€œrequires you to â€˜absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty to which you were previously a subject or citizen.â€™â€?
The New York Times ran a touching and insightful editorial Friday about Theresa Marie Schiavo. The piece began by stepping back from what has been an intensely personal debate.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY â€” Around a dozen people turned out at the ID-4 school district annual meeting on April 12 to endorse a 2006-2007 Mary Hogan Elementary School budget of $5,337,045.
The small group also OKâ€™d a proposal to spend $152,053 to replace the roof on the E wing of the school. Voters agreed to a series of account transfers to pay for the project with funds the district already has on hand.
â€œIâ€™m very pleased,â€? ID-4 board Chairwoman Dawn Saunders said of the vote results. â€œIâ€™m gratified that people are willing again to support the school.â€?
Saunders added she was disappointed with the small turnout, which she called the lightest in her eight years on the ID-4 board. She acknowledged that the meeting fell on the first night of Passover, a religious holiday that may have kept some voters at home or at their places of worship.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDELBURY â€” One experienced attorney is replacing another at the helm of the Addison County Public Defenderâ€™s office.
Officially taking the reins this month is longtime Chittenden County Public Defender Jerry Schwarz. He replaces Addison County Public Defender Lorin Duckman, whom Vermont Defender General Matt Valerio has promoted to a position through which he will deal with serious felony cases throughout the state.
Schwarz, 53, graduated from the University of Floridaâ€™s College of Law in 1976. He immediately took a job as an assistant public defender in West Palm Beach, Fla., specializing in death penalty law.
By HARRIETTE BRAINARD
MIDDLEBURY â€” Richard Romagnoli, a theater professor at Middlebury College, has dreamed of doing a production of the Peter Barnes play â€œThe Bewitchedâ€? since he saw the original Royal Shakespeare Company production in London in 1974.
The satire, set in 16th century Spain, features 50 roles and Romagnoli felt he never had the right mix of actors and technical expertise.
â€œI had to settle for teaching a class in Contemporary British Theater, until last year, when it became clear that I would have the actors and the means to finally put on this production,â€? explained Romagnoli.