Archive - 2013
Marci Hayes couldn’t have summed up the meaning of Green Up Day better: “I’m motivated by the idea of taking care of the environment where you live. It’s good practice to respect the land. And it looks better after.”
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe announces that Addison County artist Phoebe Stone’s artwork will grace its 2013 Mother’s Day card — the 12thannual Mother’s Day card in the Local Women Artist Series.
I have long thought that putting those first seeds into the ground is akin to an act of faith. Is it too soon? Is it warm enough? Will there be enough moisture? Too much? Will the seeds sprout? Or rot?
ADDISON COUNTY — Immigration reform has taken center stage nationally in recent weeks, at the same time that Vermont legislators have moved forward on a bill that would grant driving permits to the state’s 1,500-to-2,000 undocumented migrant workers.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County schools are being invited to adopt a new calendar that would reshape the academic year in a manner that would shorten the traditional summer vacation. In exchange for some shorter breaks, supporters believe the change would allow for more staff development, tutoring for students who need it most, and work-study arrangements involving kids and local businesses.
MIDDLEBURY — In 1928, on the cusp of one of the greatest economic crises in history, German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht sat down to adapt John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera” for a theater in Berlin. The piece was a 19th century satire of Italian opera that offered a socialist critique of what both playwrights considered the pervasive corruption of capitalism at all levels of society.
MIDDLEBURY — A veritable legion of bulldozers, excavators and dump trucks have begun moving tons of earth on a 27-acre parcel off Exchange Street to make way for construction of the new, 100,000-square foot, $30-million home of Vermont Hard Cider Co.
“It will be a world-class facility,” Vermont Hard Cider President and CEO Bret Williams said on Tuesday.
“It feels terrific to put this facility in the town of Middlebury, where it belongs.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Advocates for Vermont’s migrant laborers know that a driver’s license bill, such as the one being considered by the Vermont Legislature, is a short-term solution to what is ultimately a federal problem. Few would dispute that the dairy industries in states like Vermont have been saved by migrant labor, but the federal government does not offer a visa program to supply labor-strapped dairy farms with legal, documented foreign workers, like the H-2A visa does for seasonal agricultural work.