Archive - Nov 3, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — More than 200 area residents laced up their sneakers and filled up sponsor sheets for what was a record-setting Addison County Crop Hunger Walk on Oct. 2, an event that raised $24,705 for programs to feed the hungry.
The 34th annual Crop Hunger Walk was organized by Addison County clergy and culminated in a 2.2-mile jaunt through Middlebury on what was a fairly chilly, rainy day.
VERMONT — In the wake of a September incident in which Vermont State Police detained illegal immigrants identified in a traffic stop, the role of state law enforcement in federal immigration enforcement has come under scrutiny.
The incident at hand was a traffic stop on I-89 that led to the detention of two migrant farmworkers and an investigation of Trooper Jared Hatch, the officer involved.
MIDDLEBURY — For Vermont microbrew enthusiasts, the shuttering of The Shed Restaurant and Brewery in Stowe on Oct. 17 w as a sad occasion.
But Monday brought brighter news: Otter Creek Brewery in Middlebury agreed to purchase the brewing arm of the 46-year-old Stowe fixture from owners Ken and Kathleen Strong, and announced plans to transfer the brewing equipment down to the Middlebury location and begin brewing The Shed’s signature Mountain Ale.
THETFORD — Five runners from Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high schools raced to top 10 finishes in Saturday’s Division II cross-country championship races at Thetford Academy, but the Tiger boys were edged out in their quest to repeat as D-II champions.
Harwood, last year’s runner-up, placed first in the D-II boys race with 59 points, nipping both the Tigers, who were third with 67 points, and Woodstock, who took second with 61 points.
MIDDLEBURY — Growing local agricultural business is all well and good, but how do farmers pay for it?
That’s the question that a number of area groups are seeking to answer with a “Financing the Working Landscape” conference in Middlebury next Thursday, Nov. 10.
You should see our new house. Or rather, you should see my imaginary remodeled version of our current house. I drew it up on a simple computer-aided design program we have that lets you draw floor plans and turn them into realistic 3-D renderings.
A few months ago, I was asked by an editor at the college’s “Middlebury Magazine” to write about a tree house that had been constructed during our college years. That piece appears in the current issue of the magazine. Because it’s a story I’ve also wanted to tell in this space, I’ve adapted the magazine account for today’s column.
After months of grueling debate matched by great compromise, the writing of the U.S. Constitution came to a close in September 1787. As a framework for just governance, it was based as much on established principle as it was on experimentation, relying heavily on the virtue and will of the American people. The proposed system bestowed enough power in the people for them to stake a claim to their future, if they chose to.