October 20th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Last Thursday, a crowd of 40 Middlebury College students and a few adults marched from the steps of the Davis Family Library to Hillcrest Environmental Center. They hoisted homemade signs and chanted phrases borrowed from the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City.
“Our street!” they shouted.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard approved two new fiscal policies at their Monday, Oct. 17, meeting: an amended purchasing policy and a set of conditions for town credit card use.
The credit card policy was approved on the heels of recent selectboard debate surrounding the issuance of town credit cards to department heads, a discussion triggered by a People’s United Bank policy, which only issues credit cards to specific individuals. Simply put: The bank is unwilling to issue just one town credit card.
MIDDLEBURY — Pinecones hang like bells from a branch. A birch bark globe trimmed with sumac twists in the breeze. Other pieces of sculpture are tucked just off the Middlebury trail — a wrapped figure eight of grape vines, a discarded snack food wrapper garnished with a sprig of white pine.
And the whole walk is sprinkled with poems, paintings and photography hanging in in waterproof cases .
MIDDLEBURY — A different kind of vehicle has finally joined the Mack trucks, cement mixers, excavators and boom lifts that have been omnipresent at the Eastview at Middlebury retirement community construction site off South Street Extension for the better part of a year.
Moving trucks this month have been making their first of what Eastview officials anticipate will be many deliveries for new residents settling into the new development taking shape just south of the Porter Medical Center campus.
I’ve just returned from a work trip to southwestern Montana where it seems that most people don’t plant gardens. In towns, out on the ranches, I saw little sign of tomatoes or lettuces, even kale or broccoli tended in neat rows or clustered in raised beds. And vegetables that do grow? They fold up early. Indeed, the Bozeman Farmers’ Market shut down in mid-September; the natural foods’ cooperative offered few local fruits or vegetables; a downtown restaurant served us the last of the local greens for the year.
MIDDLEBURY — Clarisse Shechter has loved finding, sorting and selling a variety of vintage clothing, jewelry and related accessories out of three different storefronts during a 26-year run in downtown Middlebury.
But time waits for no one, and Shechter said on Thursday it’s time for her to close up her shop, Bejewelled, at 1 Frog Alley. She will officially close at the end of December, and has already begun a clearance sale on clothing.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School’s 1-0 upset loss to Champlain Valley on Monday will not cost the Tigers a top-four seed in the Division I playoffs, but it might well mean a road trip for a semifinal game depending on the rest of this week’s results.
The teams that will be the Nos. 5 through 7 seeds in some order — Colchester, Mount Anthony and Hartford — cannot amass enough points in the last week of games to crack the top four in the D-I standings.
Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus), like their cousins the eastern brook trout (S. fontinalisˆ), are not actually true trout. They are char, in the same family as arctic char, lake trout, and Dolly Varden trout. In fact, bull trout are close enough to Dolly Varden’s (S.malma) that they were not designated as a separate species until 1980.