June 2nd, 2014
MONTPELIER — Trail work, a publication highlighting local hikes, the support for a town-wide natural resource inventory and a natural resources training program for a local community all are expected to go forward thanks to recent grants awarded to local groups by the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions.
Grants were awarded to conservation commissions in New Haven, Bradford, Dummerston and Milton. Each group will receive $600 from the AVCC Tiny Grant program.
BRANDON — For seven weeks, teenagers will help give a facelift to the grounds around Brandon’s Compass Music and Arts Center, develop a children’s room, and design and execute a mural. As part of a mission trip, these teenagers come from all over the country to the Rutland area where they serve community sites like Compass in various ways.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School tennis teams both bowed out of the Division I tournament late last week.
The six-seeded Tiger girls team fell in straight sets to No. 3 CVU in the quarter-final round on Thursday. Middlebury girls’ tennis ended the season with a 9-5 record.
The Tiger boys, seeded 13th, lost, 6-1, to No. 4 Rutland in their first round game this past Wednesday.
In response to the letter from Don Gilbert, president and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems, South Burlington, in the May 22 edition of the Independent:
We agree. Vermonters are passionate. This is especially true when their rights and their land are to be taken away for the corporate profit margin of a single company in New York State.
“Lilac Time” symbolizes the coming of spring after a long cold winter, and the resilience of early New England settlers transporting small lilac plants as they journeyed to their new lives.
Spring was late this year. On May 14, as we drove home from Burlington Airport (after visiting gardens in North Carolina, where spring had long since come and gone) we were amazed to see the lilacs, which usually bloom before Mother’s Day, still in bud.
The delightful creative partnership of director Doug Anderson and maestro Emmanuel Plasson has rolled out another triumph for The Opera Company of Middlebury in this season’s production of Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers.” Sparkly and fast paced with a treasure trove of great singers, it is a celebration of comic opera.
There is a notable and unacceptable convergence this Memorial Day: a flood of news about the commitment of American soldiers abroad and of news about the mistreatment of our soldiers once they come home. It is impossible to reconcile America’s decisions to send men and women abroad to fight so that fragile nations can find their footing in a free world against America’s own failure to care for its wounded.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite intermittent drenching rains for much of the week, the skies cleared Sunday morning for Middlebury College’s 213th commencement ceremony. With temperatures in the mid-sixties, the 517 graduates were comfortable in their black caps and gowns.
The event’s featured speaker was Diana Nyad, the long-distance swimmer who last year became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage.