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July 20th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The NER Vermont Reading Series, which since 2011 has presented 65 writers in its quarterly series for Vermont writers and audiences, is opening its borders to writers from near and far. This first event in the newly expanded series presents Chicago-based novelist Rebecca Makkai, New Yorker Michael Coffey, and Shelburne poet Penelope Cray on Wednesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café, 24 Merchants Row, Middlebury. Books will be provided by Vermont Book Shop and available for signing.
MIDDLEBURY — At their annual meeting this spring the Middlebury College Friends of the Art Museum recognized 18 students with awards in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the visual arts. Class of 2015 Middlebury College students Krista Duke and Robert Seltzer, nominated by faculty members, were recognized at the Friends’ Annual Dinner in May.
ITHACA, N.Y. — Sophia Abdul Sater, an integrated marketing communications major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, presented her work of the summer semester course — a series of photographs depicting her experience studying abroad in Italy — to faculty, staff and classmates mingling at the Umbra Art Show. Abdul Sater is a 2014 graduate of Middlebury Union High School.
Middlebury Actors Workshop, a small professional ensemble in residence at Town Hall Theater, announces its 15th anniversary summer production of “Greater Tuna,” starring founding members Steve Small and Harry McEnerny. The production opens on Thursday, at 8 p.m. in A.R.T.’s Black Box Theater at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. in Middlebury. Performances will repeat on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be additional performances next week.
BENSON — As we walked toward the starting line in Benson earlier in July, Rita Beardwood pointed at my ankles and laughed heartily.
“Say goodbye to your socks,” she said.
Beardwood’s joke held a degree of seriousness. After several days of rain, anyone setting foot on the Shale Hill Adventure Farm obstacle course was going to emerge needing a shower and clean clothes.
On May 20, when the governor, House Speaker Shap Smith and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger awarded the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce $100,000 to strengthen economic ties with Quebec, little did they know that “fast-tracking” something would prove so controversial.
That’s what happens when the fast-tracing process also avoids the normal legislative requirements of transparency. Mistakes are made and everyone is put in an awkward position.