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October 4th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — The Rev. Susan McGarry had been looking for a opportunity to move to Vermont after having spent more than three decades involved in the ministry and academics in the Midwest.
She has now found that opportunity at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in downtown Middlebury, where she officially began her duties in late August.
CORNWALL — Each month, a growing group of women in Addison County get together for lunch.
But not just any lunch. The meals are hosted by the first Vermont chapter of Dining for Women, a national charity that raises money for women’s groups around the world.
Marion Leonard, a kindergarten teacher at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury, and Mary Gill, a school nurse there, initiated Addison County’s chapter. The group has been meeting monthly since April, and is growing fast.
Editor’s note: This story was published in the Sept. 20 Addison Independent, but is being reprinted here because of a printer’s error in that edition.
Middlebury College senior Mike Joseph loves baseball — and now he has a shot, a long shot perhaps, to embark on a career in baseball, having signed a contract in August with the Baltimore Orioles.
MIDDLEBURY — A former prosecutor with the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office pleaded innocent on Tuesday in Chittenden County Criminal Court to charges of gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment. The charges stemmed from a Sept. 8 incident in which she allegedly drove up Middlebury’s Seminary Street for around 200 feet while her 8-year-old daughter was holding onto and running alongside the vehicle.
MONKTON — Vermont State Police have responded to a spate of break-ins in recent days, particularly in the town of Monkton, with the most disturbing case involving the theft Monday of a pewter urn containing the ashes of a family’s deceased infant child.
SHOREHAM — “Home improvement” can mean building something new or restoring something old. The raising of a particular barn in Shoreham meant both.
When choosing between patching an old pair of jeans and buying a new stiff pair, repurposing last night’s dinner or starting from scratch, or deciding whether to renovate an old house versus starting from the ground up, we are often faced with decisions about salvaging the old versus investing in the new. Depending on the matter at hand, we can be tempted to either latch on to something old and sentimental or abandon what exists and start again.
While our culture grapples with how to reduce overall energy usage, buildings are a very important sector to consider.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, buildings account for 36 percent of overall energy usage and 65 percent of electricity consumption across the country. It is therefore easy to see how building more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings can have a large impact on our total energy usage.