August 15th, 2011
Editor’s note: Addison County Fair and Field Days provides a calliope of sights and sounds that tantalize the senses and tickle the imagination, and the 63rd annual edition last week was no exception. As always, the five-day event proved too much to capture in one place, but we’re presenting a few verbal snapshots from the fairgrounds along with some fantastic photographs by Trent Campbell and Andrea Warren.
MIDDLEBURY — Poet Philip Levine mentored scores of aspiring wordsmiths during the 1980s as a faculty member of Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Levine, now 83, will return to the nationally renowned, 10-day conference in Ripton on Thursday, Aug. 18 — this time with a different role and some loftier credentials.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington last Wednesday announced Levine as the nation’s new Poet Laureate for 2011-2012.
The Lincoln school board is looking for a replacement for senior board member Donny Sargent, who resigned from the board. Sargent’s resignation was accepted at the school board’s May 16 meeting.
A new candidate will be appointed by the school board to finish out Sargent’s term. Voters will elect a new board member at town meeting next March.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard last Tuesday formally approved a warning for a Sept. 27 vote on whether the town should spend $250,000 to further refine plans for a major makeover of the town’s two fire stations.
The Sept. 27 vote will be a precursor to a $4.875 million bond referendum to pay for replacement of the East Middlebury fire station and a substantial renovation and expansion of the department’s headquarters on Seymour Street.
MIDDLEBURY — Bill Shafer has mapped out some ambitious plans to expand use of the Marquis Theater, but the scope of those plans will largely hinge on his ability to leverage money from some major motion picture studios.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is again in the market for a new marketing coordinator in wake of the resignation of John Purcell, who held the newly created job for less than a month.
“It wasn’t a good fit,” Purcell said of the position, through which he was charged with promoting Middlebury as a shopping destination as well as coordinating some of the BMP’s signature annual events, such as the Chili Fest and Midd Summer Fest.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission held a productive work session at their Tuesday meeting, according to Chairman Tom Wells, moving through the proposed town plan update for the last time before issuing a warning for a Sept. 20 public hearing on the plan.
STARKSBORO — In October of 2010, the town of Starksboro took major steps to revamp its energy portfolio by installing 25 solar power arrays mounted on trackers on 1.5 acres of land adjacent to Robinson Elementary School.
From the outset, one of the main goals of this project was to net zero energy consumption for the school and town buildings. Put another way, town and school officials sought to produce as much energy using solar as they drew from the electric power grid in the course of a year.