March 25th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — In just a few weeks, Carol Peddie will be on her way to Haiti.
What brought Peddie, the associate dean of Library and Information Services at Middlebury College, to this point was both her desire to help out in the Caribbean nation hit by a Jan. 12 earthquake and a fortunate connection.
At the end of February, the Hubbardton resident heard from Dr. Joan Huffman, a trauma surgeon and friend from Jacksonville, Fla. Huffman had traveled to Haiti just after the January temblor, and Peddie had asked her to look out for any volunteer opportunities.
BRISTOL — A Bristol educator is among a team of teachers statewide making a push to reform the way technology is used in Vermont classrooms.
MIDDLEBURY — “The hardest thing about through-hiking the Appalachian Trail is getting to the start.”
So begins “Trail Ways, Path Wise,” the first book in John Illig’s Triple Crown Trilogy, and so began his talk last Thursday to around 70 people gathered in the auditorium of Middlebury Union High School.
The talk was part of the Green Mountain Club’s James P. Taylor Outdoor Adventure series, and it was the Bread Loaf section’s annual contribution to the 18-year-old lecture series — last year the speaker was Dan Brown, owner of the Swift House Inn.
MONKTON — Bristol resident and Williston elementary school teacher Susan Stewart will be taking the helm at Monkton Central School next year in the wake of the retirement of longtime principal Rich Jessup.
Jessup, who has worked at the elementary school for 20 years, retired on medical leave this past fall. Interim principals Richard Schattman and Edorah Frazer have led the school this year, but the Monkton school board decided to offer Stewart the full-time job as a permanent replacement at a board meeting last week.
Count Jon Golnik, a candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, among those Americans who think government can do no right. At a recent Tea Party event in Lowell, Mass., he received an enthusiastic round of applause when he proclaimed: “I don’t know anything government’s ever gotten involved in and made it cheaper and made it better.”
His comment was in reference to the recently passed health care bill, and his object was to bash U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., for her support of the bill — hopefully helping to unseat her in the fall elections.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen next month will review the impact the recently increased municipal water and sewer rates have had on the town’s neediest residents and determine what, if any, adjustments should be made to reduce their financial burden.
ADDISON COUNTY — The four local high school boys’ basketball teams did not set the state on fire this winter. Only Vergennes crested .500, and injuries prevented the talented Commodores from reaching what might have been championship potential.
But each team benefited from fine individual performances that are recognized here on the 2010 Addison Independent Boys’ Basketball All-Star Team.
Wow, protesters spitting returned to the news for the first time since the Vietnam War.
Except this time, a health care bill protester outside the Capitol on Saturday really did spit, on a Congressman.
Back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, spitting didn’t happen. Try to find one documented account of a Vietnam vet being on the receiving end. Or one single picture. Google “spitting on Vietnam Vets.”