July 1st, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — Last week, the Harris Farmhouse on the Middlebury College campus was strewn with papers and wooden models, and blueprints were tacked to various walls. In the main room, five Middlebury students threw around ideas for the solar-powered house that they will spend the next 14 months planning and building.
BRISTOL — Proceedings got under way this week to determine if a proposed Bristol gravel pit conforms with Act 250, the state’s land use and development law.
The Act 250 hearing is the latest step in a years-long dispute about the gravel pit, which, if approved, would be located on a 65-acre parcel near the Bristol town center. The proposed excavation project would take up 26 acres on that property owned by Jim Lathrop, and Lathrop’s consultants estimate the pit could produce as much as 3 million cubic yards of gravel.
ADDISON COUNTY — By now, Muffie Harvey is more than a week into the ride of her life. Or maybe it’s her mom’s life.
Carol Klein was first diagnosed with breast cancer when Harvey was 15 year old growing up in Connecticut. Eighteen years later, Klein was diagnosed again with cancer in her one remaining breast.
ORWELL — At a special meeting on June 29, Orwell voters OK’d a plan for the school district to borrow $43,000 for repairs on the Orwell Village School building’s aging heating and ventilation system.
Vermont gubernatorial candidate Deb Markowitz spoke to an interested gathering of potential supporters in Weybridge this week and sounded a familiar message on the economy among Democrats.
“I’m going to be the state’s chief marketer, if elected,” the long-time Secretary of State told the crowd, noting that for the past eight years Gov. James Douglas and the Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie, as lieutenant governor, have been bad-mouthing the state’s business climate while doing very little to enact policies or practices that would spur such growth.
BRISTOL — Members of the Bristol selectboard at their June 21 meeting discussed three openings on the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, as well as the seat on the town’s planning commission vacated recently by Jim Peabody.
The board appointed Bill Sayre, Peter Grant and Chico Martin to the regional planning commission, and decided to advertise the opening on the planning commission.
A little over a month ago I graduated from Middlebury College. This meant that I had to start pondering a number of things such as, “How will I find a job?” “Where will I be next year?” and, especially, “Where am I going to put all this stuff?” For the past four years, I have accumulated pile upon pile of old clothes that I “might like again someday” — notes from all of my classes, stacks of the college newspaper that I wrote articles for, etc.
MIDDLEBURY — After a five-year affiliation, the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) officially became a graduate school of Middlebury College on July 1.
The institutions have been affiliated since 2005, when MIIS was struggling financially and Middlebury pledged its financial support. The transition will mean a change in the governing structure at MIIS, where the board of trustees will be replaced with a board of governors appointed by Middlebury College trustees.