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October 26th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center will host its fourth annual Middlebury celebration of Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 2-5 p.m. in the first-floor gallery. The event will feature homemade Mexican food, a Día de los Muertos altar constructed by University of Vermont Spanish lecturer Rachael Montesano and her students, and a performance by the Burlington-based brass band Brass Balagan.
BRANDON — Technology is inextricably woven into today’s culture. The modern cellphone is a computer unto itself. There are desktops, laptops, notebooks, iPads, even computer watches. Automatic teller machines, grocery store registers, gas pumps — even our cars are computerized. Social media has become a catchphrase for how many people stay in touch via computer, be it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or basic email.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) announces that it will award five grants of $500 each to Addison County businesses for green energy projects. Winning businesses must make a minimum 1:1 matching contribution to the project. Applications are due by Friday, Nov. 13.
Eligibility requirements for the applicants include the following: The business must be located in Addison County, and the applicant must be in compliance with state regulations, be registered with the Vermont Secretary of State, and be in good standing.
MIDDLEBURY — Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will discuss identity and belonging in a talk at Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. His talk, “Becoming American: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. The talk is presented with Middlebury College.
SALISBURY — On a crisp October morning, Aurora School’s kindergarten through eighth grade students are enjoying all-school athletics.
“Since our beginning, 20 years ago, we have spent time as a school on Fridays for athletics,” co-founder and director Susan Vigne said. “We tend to focus on life sports that get our bodies moving and bring us together as a community. Whenever possible, we link our athletics to our yearly theme.”
This year, the school’s theme is Frontiers and Exploration.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Public Service Department announces the launch of a new website to help Vermont homeowners learn about and access the department’s Heat Saver Loan. More than $1 million of energy saving projects have been financed using Heat Saver Loans since the program officially launched in October 2014.
VERMONT — The AARP Fraud Watch Network lit up the phone lines on Sept. 17 as part of a “Reverse Boiler Room,” dialing thousands of residents to warn them about two leading “imposter scams” hitting thousands of Vermonters — the IRS and “tech support” scams.
Invasive species have earned their bad reputations. English sparrows compete with native birds from Newfoundland to South America. Australian brown tree snakes are well on their way to exterminating every last bird from the forests of Guam. And I don’t think anyone can fully predict how Colombia’s rivers will change in response to drug lord Pablo Escobar’s escaped hippopotamus population.