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November 19th, 2015
Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.
Education for Plato is all about the ascent of the soul. Higher education is its culmination, the end of a process that, we must not forget, begins with pre-natal care. In Book VII of the Republic there is a portrayal of this ascent that repeats much of what I wrote about in the previous essay. It is worth retelling.
MIDDLEBURY — November is a time to honor the thousands of personal care attendants, home care aides, nurses, social workers and therapists who make a positive difference in the lives of patients and their families. These special caregivers have an important role in homes across the country as well as in our health care system. National Home Care and Hospice Month is an ideal time to raise awareness about the importance of home care services and celebrate the Addison County Home Health & Hospice (ACHHH) team.
MIDDLEBURY — What’s fact and what’s fiction in the recent Oscar-winning film “The Imitation Game” about Alan Turing and the effort to crack German codes in World War II? Why was the real Turing an even more interesting character than the one Benedict Cumberbatch portrays? What does a real Enigma machine look like and how does it work?
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center announces its 17th annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit, which will take place at VFC headquarters at 88 Main St. in Middlebury from Dec. 4 through Dec. 22. The opening reception is Friday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Registration forms are available online at www.vermontfolklifecenter.org or in person at the VFC. Entrants should read the forms carefully for deadlines and construction rules. Prizes of Middlebury Money will be awarded in each category. These certificates are redeemable at over 100 local businesses.
VERGENNES — The annual Silent Auction of Gift Baskets to benefit the Bixby Memorial Library has begun. “Distinctively Vermont, Uniquely Local” is the theme this year. The auction closes at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, the day of the Vergennes Holiday Stroll.
LINCOLN — The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity is holding a free Vermont Health Connect enrollment event at the Lincoln Library on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5-8 p.m.
Attendees will meet with an experienced Navigator to get in-person information and support in enrolling for health insurance coverage. Most Vermonters are eligible for reductions to premium and out-of-pocket costs when they apply.
BRANDON — Brandon officials have asked representatives from Ranger Solar to attend the next selectboard meeting and answer additional questions about a massive 100-acre solar array the company plans to construct off Syndicate Road.
Brandon Town Manager Dave Atherton and selectboard Chair Doug Bailey met with Ranger Solar Development Manager Liz Peyton on Nov. 6 to express their concerns about the increased traffic on Syndicate Road. A Class III road currently in poor condition, the road leads to the property where the solar array would be built.
BURLINGTON — University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H hosted the annual 4-H Dairy Challenge on Nov. 15 in Burlington. The event attracted 110 participants, a record-breaking turnout.