MIDDLEBURY — The national media has been abuzz with the story of Pathik “Tik” Root, a Middlebury College student who went missing two weeks ago while studying Arabic in Syria. Last weekend, Syrian authorities confirmed they had detained Ripton native, but have not said when they will release him.
But as they watch reports on Root’s disappearance roll out, his parents, friends and professors say there’s a side of the 21-year-old that has not been captured in any of those stories.
In a forceful and uplifting speech Tuesday night, President Barack Obama articulated the scope of America’s involvement in Libya in language clear enough for all but the daft or deliberately contrary to understand.
My name is Greg and I am a Vermontaholic. This is my story.
As with so many other Vermontaholics, my addiction started in childhood.
They say that parents should keep their kids away from the hard stuff, and that was certainly true in my case. I’m one of many for whom, at a tragically young age, the gateway drug was skiing.
I could handle it OK when my parents took me skiing near home in central New York State. Even in the Adirondacks at Whiteface and Big Tupper, I didn’t get addicted.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Chittenden County-based utility is working on a $60 million-$70 million plan to extend natural gas pipeline through Vergennes and Middlebury within the next five years.
Proponents contend the project would offer a cheaper, cleaner heating fuel source for area businesses and homes; though some critics urge that environmental and cost claims not be taken at face value.
VERGENNES — Addison residents will be joining Vergennes citizens in voting for a second time this year on proposed one-board governance for the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union.
Residents in both those communities on Town Meeting Day backed a proposal for one board to own and operate the four ANwSU schools, but now will reconsider that support in a second vote.
If the Unified Union (UU) proposal survives both upcoming revotes, it would be the first significant consolidation move in Vermont.
A utility’s proposal to explore the possibility of extending a natural gas pipeline from Burlington to Vergennes and into Middlebury should be greeted with enthusiasm by residents, businesses and all who want to see greenhouse gases diminished. That’s because natural gas is less expensive than other fuel options, pollutes less, and reduces Vermonters reliance on foreign oil.
VERGENNES — Like many 15-year-olds, Vergennes Union High School sophomore Kaitlin Leroux-Eastman listens to hip-hop, loves to hang around with her buddies, and enjoys the Twilight book series.
But probably not too many of the Vergennes resident’s peers match her nearly 200 hours of community service in the past year, conduct a church choir, and already have mapped out their college choice — St. Michael’s — and career plans — teaching music or French.
RUTLAND — There was a pro-rail rally in Rutland on Monday in honor of a federal official who came to see just how enthusiastic area and state business and government leaders were about the prospect of rail in the state’s western corridor.
They were pretty enthusiastic.