November 20th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Chamber of Commerce invites its members, non-members and residents to a legislative preview breakfast to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 7:30-9 a.m. at Ilsley Library’s community room in Middlebury.
This legislative preview provides area businesspeople with an overview of the upcoming legislative session and issues affecting the region. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to ask questions.
MONTPELIER — A group of landowners along the route of the first phase of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project met with Gov. Peter Shumlin last week to discuss concerns they have with how Vermont Gas is negotiating easements for the pipeline.
For the half-hour sitdown at the governor’s office in Montpelier on Nov. 13, Shumlin brought along his chief of staff, Liz Miller, Department of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia and Justin Johnson, the deputy secretary for the Agency of Natural Resources.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Board of Trustees on Tuesday chose as the institution’s next president a scholar in religion and a top administrator at one of the nation’s elite private colleges.
Laurie L. Patton, a dean at Duke University, will succeed current President Ronald D. Liebowitz on July 1, 2015. She will be the 17th president of the college, which was founded in 1800, and the first woman to hold the post.
MIDDLEBURY — At first glance, agriculture and computer technology don’t seem to have much in common.
But Middlebury entrepreneur Cam MacKugler says when paired together, they produce wonderful results. His startup business, CloudFarm, is aimed at introducing gardening to Millennials and others who may have an interest in locally sourced food.
ADDISON COUNTY — Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) will give out Thanksgiving meal provisions this month to around 400 Addison County low-income families who might otherwise not enjoy a feast on turkey day.
Jeanne Montross, executive director of HOPE, said this week her organization is still accepting donations of such products as small turkeys, fresh apples, stuffing and instant mashed potatoes for the Thanksgiving food boxes it will hand out.
Let’s examine the revered role of criticism in our political dialogue.
First, let’s agree that progress is the universal goal and that we’re not in the business of governing to take society backwards. Second, let’s agree that there are multiple ways to achieve progress and as many ways to define it.
The focus, then, is how constructive criticism plays a role in helping create better decisions and outcomes.
FERRISBURGH — A Ferrisburgh man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to a misdemeanor count of domestic assault, a charge stemming from an alleged Nov. 16 family fight near a home off Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
The alleged victim reported the incident to Vermont State Police in the New Haven that day. She told authorities she was assaulted as a Nov. 15 party ended at which many of the participants had been drinking beer and liquor, according to court records.
ADDISON COUNTY — This fall saw solid results for the area’s union high school field hockey teams, with Middlebury and Otter Valley making state semifinals and Mount Abraham pushing OV to the limit in a Division II quarterfinal.
Chemistry, skill and hard work helped create success for the teams, as did a number of excellent individual efforts that are recognized here on the 2014 Addison Independent Field Hockey All-Star Team.