Archive - May 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Back in 1978 what is now Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater was the local Knights of Columbus Hall. Karen Amirault, a dancer and recent graduate of Middlebury College, joined forces with college dance faculty Patty Smith to rent the hall for their eclectic dance reviews.
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh will open its new Education Center and exhibit on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. The ribbon cutting celebrates a decade of planning and fundraising for the $1.2 million project. The center provides much-needed facilities, including rest rooms and meeting space, and houses the new 2,500-square-foot exhibit, “Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont.”
MIDDLEBURY — Relay for Life, an all-night walk staged at the Middlebury College athletic fields, drew hundreds of participants last Friday and Saturday and raised nearly $77,000 for the American Cancer Society.
ADDISON COUNTY — Spring has finally arrived, and across the region wildlife species are returning to their seasonal habitats, including flocks of migratory birds. But while there may seem to be an abundance of chirping birds returning to the area, the populations of Vermont’s seven grassland songbird species have, in fact, plummeted in recent years.
This year, an innovative project at the University of Vermont aims to restore habitat for one of those specie: bobolinks.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton said this week city officials would take a measured approach to a request by Vergennes Union High School 8th-graders to make the city’s pool and recreation areas and its central green off limits to smoking.
Benton said several decisions have to be made, including whether to treat the pool and recreation area differently than the city green, whether to address public smoking with laws enforceable with fines or with less strict policies, and whether to act and how quickly to do so.
MIDDLEBURY — Recent events at some of Middlebury College’s peer institutions have brought the issue of sexual assault on college campuses into the national spotlight.
Dartmouth College cancelled classes for a day last month after students who participated in a demonstration to raise awareness about sexual assault received death and rape threats, as well as racial slurs, on an anonymous online forum.
MIDDLEBURY — Faced with financial pressures, Vermont Adult Learning in Middlebury will close its onsite childcare center in June, sending 15 families in search of other options and leaving Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) with another vacancy in its Community Services Building on Boardman Street.
Joe LaRosa, the regional manager for Vermont Adult Learning’s (VAL) Middlebury location, confirmed the childcare center will end its multi-year run at the end of business on Friday, June 28.
MIDDLEBURY — “Mary Hogan” is an almost mythical figure to the young Middlebury children who attend the graded school that bears her name. Verily, the veteran principal had retired long before most of the current students’ parents had wandered the halls of Mary Hogan Elementary School.
But those curious enough to inquire about Mary Hogan have always been able to talk to the inimitable Mary Doyle. That’s because Mrs. Doyle not only knew Mary Hogan, Doyle was hired by Mary Hogan — almost a half century ago.