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July 10th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s campus is far from empty every summer after undergraduate students depart. The college’s summer language schools, established nearly a century ago, provide an influx of new faces for six to eight weeks every June.
Language school students are normally prohibited from speaking English at any point during the program, leading to the slogan, “No English Spoken Here.” The annual appearance of foreign-language-speaking students has become a familiar phenomenon to Middlebury residents and business owners.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School has received national recognition for excellence in global education from the student exchange program EF High School Exchange Year. Recently, Principal Andy Kepes was presented with the EF Global Education Excellence Award by Enrique Serrano, an EF High School Exchange Year student from Spain. This award is presented annually to high schools that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness.
VERGENNES — Accidents and traffic law enforcement kept Vergennes police busy between June 30 and July 6, a seven-day period in which they handled eight mostly minor accidents and handed out significant tickets or paperwork after four motor vehicle stops.
The biggest ticket came just after midnight on July 1, when police stopped a full-size tractor-trailer unit on Monkton Road, which has a 24,000-pound limit. Police said they issued the driver a $4,500 ticket when the truck weighed in at 50,000 pounds.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated reports of some vehicle break-ins in town on July 7.
Someone entered and rifled through the contents of a vehicle parked in the Twin Circles area, though nothing was apparently taken.
Thieves did however steal some items from two vehicles parked off Brookside Drive.
“There they go again.”
The Gipper (President Ronald Reagan) said it of Democrats in the 1980s for what he claimed was twisting the truth in congressional battles. The same phrase could be used in Vermont these days as opponents of Gov. Peter Shumlin and his administration produce a continous chorus of negativity about the state’s economy.
I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that I have the worst sense of direction of anyone I know — it’s pretty awful. (That might actually be an understatement.) The street grids of New York are as daunting to me as unmarked gravel roads in Vermont, and no matter how hard I try, I never know which way is north.
I and my four knitting comrades, four of us “natural” gas pipeline-impacted homeowners, went to Vermont Gas Systems headquarters last Wednesday to make three reasonable demands, one of which is already agreed upon in a Memo of Understanding with Monkton. We wanted VGS/Gaz Métro to meet them publicly.
Are you one of the 915 Middlebury residents who voted “yes” on the March town meeting bond vote for the municipal building project?
Would it have influenced your vote at the time if the selectboard (instead of repeatedly assuring voters that the proposed project was compatible with the vision and spirit of the town plan) had revealed instead that altering the town plan to accommodate the project would be part of the process?