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September 28th

Gravel Pits

Gravel pits that currently exist near residential areas are akin to putting matches next to powder kegs: it doesn’t take much of a spark to blow things sky high. That has been true in Bristol as that community has struggled with a proposal to expand a pit close to the downtown owned by the Lathrop family. A similar battle is brewing in East Middlebury with a proposal by J.P. Carrara & Sons to expand an existing pit there (see stories on Page 1A.). In both cases, what’s needed is a big-picture view of current and future residential development within the respective towns along with the recognition by residents that economic benefits can be derived by the respective expansions.

In the case in East Middlebury, the proposed expansion of the gravel pit is a direct benefit to Carrara & Son’s concrete business — a principle factor in the business’s operations for the past several decades. The business is also one of Middlebury’s largest, employing more than 100 area residents with many high-paying jobs.

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President, Congress must address racial injustice in Jena-Six case

It’s a cold day in Hades when Congress and the president should meddle in a district court case. But such an injustice has been done in Jena, Louisiana to the so-called “Jena-Six” that reports around the world are showing an America that betrays its long-admired system of justice. Because the nation’s image — already tarnished by the Bush administration’s mishandling of the Iraqi war, torture, a judicial department stacking the deck with political appointees and an Attorney General forced to resign in disgrace — is being drug into the gutter again in reports from England to China, our nation’s leaders need to speak up to show the world that what is going on in Louisiana is not condoned by most Americans.

Specifically, President Bush, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate president pro tempore Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., should use their bully pulpits to demand accountability with the district attorney’s office handling the case and reprimand those leaders within the community that would turn a blind eye to such blatant racial prejudice.

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Lessons from a peace rally

Students at Vergennes Union High School learned a lot more than just how to speak in public and how to organize an event around an issue during this year’s Peace One Day rally. They also learned the meaning of public activism.

Most importantly, they learned how to do it well.

By “well,” we mean their general approach to the issue of peace. “We may not be able to control what other states or countries are doing, but we can control the world around us or at least our part in it,” said Kelly Burkett in today’s issue of the Addison Independent. (See story Page 3A.) The comment reflects the students’ emphasis on support of peace at all levels or society, rather than a protest against America’s involvement in the war in Iraq.

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September 27th

Hospital evaluates hazmat readiness

EMERGENCY PERSONNEL GET dressed in hazmat suits for a drill at Porter Hospital Tuesday afternoon. Unlike many mock incidents, which often simulate traffic accidents, Tuesday’s drill taught the emergency teams how to deal with hazardous materials.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell



September 27, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

MIDDLEBURY — A few people who drove to the emergency room of Porter Medical Center during a brief period Tuesday afternoon were confused to see a decontamination tent set up near the entrance and emergency personnel covered from head to foot in protective gear. But there was no actual disaster: Porter staff were going through a regular drill to test their preparedness for a worse-than-usual accident or emergency.

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To hell and back: Daughter tells a father's WWII story

September 27, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Though the late Bob Blakeslee is recalled as a selfless and giving man, there was one thing he didn’t care to share — stories of his experiences during World War II.

“We just had little bits and snippets,” Middlebury resident Nancy Blakeslee Wood said of her father’s story. “He told us things in a humorous way. He talked about how he would sleep (in the jungles of the Philippines) and the rats would chew at his calluses.”

He never really opened up about it to his wife, Ruth, and his two children, Stephen and Nancy.

“I think men of that generation figured women and children don’t need to know that kind of thing,” Wood said. “He might have talked about it with war buddies … but he didn’t talk to us about it.”

As a result, Blakeslee’s heroic wartime legacy could’ve very easily died with him in 1976, when he succumbed to an illness.

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Nonprofits join forces for housing solutions

September 27, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

ADDISON COUNTY — A new Addison County program offering money and financial counseling for those seeking to find and remain in affordable housing has in its first two months already stopped nine evictions/foreclosures and helped seven area families find places to live.

The program is called “Addison County Housing Solutions,” and is the brainchild of several state and county human services organizations, including the United Way of Addison County (UWAC), the John Graham Emergency Shelter, the Parent-Child Center of Addison County, Addison County Community Action Group (ACCAG), Neat Repeats and the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO).

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September 24th

New Haven woman weaves new with old

NEW HAVEN-BASED tapestry maker Elinor Steele has several of her creations on exhibit at the Vermont State Craft Center at Frog Hollow in Middlebury. Steele has been weaving wool for more than three decades.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell


September 24, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

NEW HAVEN — Elinor Steele has her feet planted in two epochs as she deftly manipulates dozens of delicate strands of wool into stunning tapestries in her New Haven studio.

The very basic upright frame loom at which she toils is a throw-back to the 1300s. But the designs that inspire her tapestry creations come from a modern-day computer.

“It’s the same technique as with medieval tapestries, but with modern design,” Steele says.

Several of Steele’s most recent creations are now on display at the Vermont State Craft Center at Frog Hollow. Each tapestry — most of them measuring four-feet-by-four-feet — bursts with vibrant colors and geometric shapes that seem to dance around such common agrarian fixtures as barns and rolling hills.

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College to offer language camps for youngsters

September 24, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Every year parents of high school-aged children from all over the country call Middlebury College asking why their son or daughter can’t attend the rigorous summer Language Schools program.

Vice President of the Language Schools Michael Geisler gives the same answer every time: The program is geared toward adults. It is intense, and younger students are usually not ready for that kind of intensity.

In 2008 he can give them another option.

In collaboration with the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the college recently established the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA), a summer language immersion program for pre-college students that will take place next summer at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Menlo College in Atherton, Calif., and Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.

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