February 20th, 2017
Music has been used as a way to communicate and connect for a long time ? a way to come and go freely across cultures, borders and languages. The best part is that you don’t have to have a fancy degree or know all your scales; all you need to make music is the passion (a sense of rhythm helps, too).
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is forming a committee to develop a new formula for attracting businesses to town and supporting those that are already here.
The new panel, to be chaired by Selectwoman Heather Seeley, will have nine or 11 members who are either knowledgeable about Middlebury’s business scene or its planning priorities, or both. The group will interview local business leaders and ultimately come up with a set of recommendations for the selectboard to adopt.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council heard from Alderman Matt Chabot at their Feb. 14 meeting that the pedestrian task force of which he is a member will have recommendations for council members to consider at their next meeting.
Those could include flashing pedestrian lights at three crosswalks, and also at least a trial run suggested by Burlington nonprofit Local Motion to evaluate the impact on traffic of structural changes to streets such as narrowed lanes and bulbouts.
BRANDON —Brandon police set out to enforce the construction zone speed limit around the downtown Brandon culvert project last month, but they ended up ticketed even more drivers for using their cell phones than for speeding.
Brandon Police Chief Chris Brickell said that over four separate enforcement days in January, Brandon police issued 43 citations to drivers who were observed violating Vermont’s Hands Free Cell Phone Law.
MIDDLEBURY — At a Tuesday evening meeting, members of the Middlebury selectboard unanimously endorsed the inclusion of $5,000 in next year’s capital improvement budget to begin protecting the town from an inevitable incursion from the emerald ash borer, a voracious beetle that attacks ash trees.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District (ACSD) is reaching out to its students and their families, asking how the district could open up better lines of communication to make sure all stakeholders are better informed about goings-on and educational programming.
To that end, the district is administering a survey to parents and students asking them if they feel adequately informed through current ACSD outreach, of if they think improvements are in order.
MIDDLEBURY — “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
This popular quote by Pablo Picasso reminds us of the strength in imagination and the innate creativity of every child. Art education fulfills the important role in our schools of fostering this strength and teaching students the value of the arts and creative thinking. Behind every established artist was once a voice that inspired them to keep on creating and to build upon their artistic skills.
MIDDLEBURY — A new exhibit is on display at the Vermont Folklife Center. “Re-imagine the Braided Rug,” featuring the work of West Fairlee rug braider Delsie Hoyt, went up on Feb. 4 and will be up through April 29.