February 20th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District (ACSD) is reaching out to its students and their families, asking how the district could open up better lines of communication to make sure all stakeholders are better informed about goings-on and educational programming.
To that end, the district is administering a survey to parents and students asking them if they feel adequately informed through current ACSD outreach, of if they think improvements are in order.
MIDDLEBURY — “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
This popular quote by Pablo Picasso reminds us of the strength in imagination and the innate creativity of every child. Art education fulfills the important role in our schools of fostering this strength and teaching students the value of the arts and creative thinking. Behind every established artist was once a voice that inspired them to keep on creating and to build upon their artistic skills.
MIDDLEBURY — A new exhibit is on display at the Vermont Folklife Center. “Re-imagine the Braided Rug,” featuring the work of West Fairlee rug braider Delsie Hoyt, went up on Feb. 4 and will be up through April 29.
BRANDON — Artists often focus on the elegance and beauty of plants and flowers, depicting them in a spectrum from abstraction to the minute, scientific detail of botanical illustration. Through the centuries, botanical art has combined precise observation of plant life with the balance and beauty of original compositions. “Prelude to Spring: Botanical Art in Vermont,” a new and distinctly different exhibit, opens at the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon on Friday, Feb. 17.
VERGENNES — The Seth Warner - Rhoda Farrand Chapter of the DAR hosted a lunch for local Vietnam Veterans on Feb. 4 at Vergennes American Legion Post 14. The chapter is a partner with the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Committee. Fifteen veterans attended this year, seven of whom were first timers.
Michael Flynn resigned as national security advisor as a result of his havinglied about his conversations with a Russian diplomat. This has shown light and raised questions about the pre-election association between the current President’s aides and the Russian government. Flynn’s lie, and the content of his conversation, led to the possibility that he could be vulnerable to blackmail.
I remember in 1980, climate scientists calling for a switch to renewable energy sources. They hoped by 1990 we would have begun in earnest, and 37 years later we have started to gather momentum. With glaciers and the polar ice caps melting everywhere and with continuous record breaking warm years, it is about time we did more.
MIDDLEBURY — Nearly 100 people braved frigid temperatures on Feb. 9 to attend Porter Medical Center Auxiliary’s “An Evening for Porter” at Edgewater Gallery at the Falls. The event cleared more than $10,000 in ticket sales and local sponsorships, all of which will be dedicated to investments approved by the Auxiliary board for Porter Medical Center.