April 17th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — At a Thursday forum where Rep. Peter Welch listened to the farmers’ concerns, the Vermont Democrat also provided some insights into how the fiercely partisan environment in Washington, D.C., is making it hard to legislate sensibly.
Among factors contributing to the “can-don’t” atmosphere in Washington are the huge influx in outside funds made possible by the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” campaign contributions decision, Welch said.
MIDDLEBURY — Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, political commentator and former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, will deliver the 2017 Middlebury College commencement address on Sunday, May 28.
RUTLAND — When Rutland’s Ben Davine scored back-to-back goals late in Friday’s third period against the visiting Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse team, the Raiders had taken the lead for the first time, 8-7.
The Tigers led by as many as three, 6-3, at 4:44 of the second period, but Rutland seized the momentum with a 5-1 run over the next 13 minutes, thanks in part to Tiger turnovers.
LINCOLN — How do kids learn History? At the Lincoln Community School, kids are learning through theater. On Thursday, April 20, school fifth-and sixth- graders will give two performances of the original musical production “It Started with a Rock.” The production examines “How are we affected by the systems around us and how do we affect those systems?” using U.S. history as a case study. Students have been studying and reflecting on this question all since the beginning of school in August.
CORNWALL — Award-winning photographer and naturalist Sue Morse will present a slide show and lecture in Cornwall on April 20 at 7 p.m. titled “Wild Yet Wonderfully Near Us: Bobcats in Cornwall and the Champlain Valley.” It will be held at Bingham Memorial Elementary School just off Route 30 in Cornwall village.
BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union officials are alerting residents of Bristol, New Haven and Starksboro that there are openings on the Mount Abraham Union High School Board for members from each of those three towns.
Current school members of the local school boards in each own would like candidates interested in filling these spots to step forward by end of day Monday, April 17, so they could fill those openings on Tuesday.
MIDDLEBURY — What if you had choices . . . ? Inspired by the Being Mortal Project, the Addison County End of Life Care Partnership offers a week of Advance Care Planning clinics including advance directive forms, resources, guidance, conversation . . . and chocolate.
Anyone interested can drop in at Hospice Volunteer Services anytime between 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, April 17 - Thursday, April 20.
As part of the service, area professionals will be on hand at select times each day to address questions:
MIDDLEBURY — When Vermont wrote civil unions into law, it led the way for marriage rights in the U.S. “State of Marriage,” a documentary film on the efforts of Vermonters to bring about the changes in marriage equality, will be screened on Wednesday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium.