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November 17th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — It’s almost Thanksgiving, and once again they’re talking turkey at the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) office at 232 Boardman St. The Middlebury-based anti-poverty organization will give out more than 400 turkey baskets on Thanksgiving and Christmas to local low-income families who otherwise wouldn’t have a good celebratory meal.
MIDDLEBURY — County residents looking for some company and/or a great meal on Thanksgiving will again have two options at their disposal this year.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7823 on Exchange Street in Middlebury will host its annual Thanksgiving Day dinner, as will the Addison County Eagles Club off New Haven Road in Vergennes. Both meals have traditions dating back at least 20 years and offer a sit-down meal as well as a home-delivery option for shut-ins.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — More than 100 Middlebury residents have signed a petition that urges local, state and federal governments to cooperatively get the wheels turning on a mitigation project to prevent future flooding on an East Middlebury stretch of the Middlebury River.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials are working with Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CVPS) and Efficiency Vermont to replace around 470 light fixtures throughout town with a more energy-efficient variety that could save the community around $20,000 per year on its electricity bill.
Chico Martin, vice-chairman of the Bristol Planning Commission, was not only disrespectful to a citizen of Bristol, but very likely was in violation of the state’s open meetings law when he prevented long-time Bristol resident John ‘Slim’ Pickens from seeking a clarification on a pertinent topic facing the commission.
hat’s going on in our nation’s big cities? Police are swooping in with full-on military tactics, including air support from helicopters in one city, riot gear, pepper spray, tear gas and automatic weapons to do what? Bust up non-violent groups of American citizens protesting the corporate greed that has decimated the nation’s middle class and enriched the rich? That hardly justifies a military-style assault.
For years they sat in an old cedar chest, an odd coupling among a morass of ramshackle household furnishings and chachkas harvested from my late grandfather’s home when he died around seven years ago.
The first item was a leather-covered, wood-framed box, around 14 inches by 15 inches. The opening flap bears a large, white number “13,” with a few buckles and strap remnants at both ends.
I suffer from a mild but chronic condition known casually as Foot in Mouth Disease. There is no cure.
The condition is most common among people like me who (a) talk a lot and (b) are incapable of thinking before speaking. I’m the one who will greet sickly coworkers by saying, “Wow, you look terrible.” My genuine concern goes unappreciated.