April 12, 2007
By MEGAN JAMES
MIDDLEBURY — When Lincoln resident Stacey Lee-Dobek saw “An Inconvenient Truth,” the film about Al Gore’s fight against climate change, for the first time last December, she knew it was time to take action against global warming.
“I stood up and said out loud to myself, ‘I have to do something more than changing my light bulbs,’” she said. “It became a New Year’s Resolution.”
So Lee-Dobek sat down at her computer to begin researching the issue, and before she knew it, she’d found Step It Up, Ripton environmentalist Bill McKibben’s nation-wide virtual demonstration to send the U.S. government a singular message on Saturday, April 14: “Step it up, Congress! Cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.”
April 12, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — For years, Michele Fay has felt like a musician without a stage. The guitarist and her group — aptly named the Michele Fay Band — have spent several years as real-life troubadours, zigzagging the region to get to their many gigs.
There are some local watering holes that feature live music, along with other distractions, and a few venues that feature music, though not as often as most would like. Fay has always wanted a regular, local place to park her instrument and showcase the music, and she knows other Addison County musicians feel the same way.
“As a Vermont musician, I have … discovered that it’s very hard to find venues — especially places that aren’t crowded bars or noisy restaurants,” she said. “It’s hard to find a good ‘listening room.’”