May 27th, 2010
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen met on Monday evening with other officials and members of the town’s historical society to begin talking about the future of the town-owned Union Meeting Hall, which sits on Route 7 at its intersection with Middlebrook Road.
The building is showing its age, and selectmen are wrestling with the cost of maintaining it, which is not covered by the rent paid by a church that uses it for weekly worship and other meetings.
As Middlebury bids John and Bonnie McCardell its fondest farewell and best wishes in their new venture, there is yet one more reason to treasure their arrival in town (separately) more than 30 years ago: with a new challenge to meet emerging needs through the United Way, the McCardells have again set the bar a notch higher in ways to give back to one’s community.
MIDDLEBURY — On Sunday morning, 570 newly minted Middlebury College graduates threw their mortarboards into the clear blue sky.
By all accounts, the graduates, degrees in hand, were passing on into a very slow economy. They were joining the estimated 1.6 million students in the country graduating this year with a bachelor’s degree. Most of them are looking for jobs.
But signs indicate that the job market, at least in many fields, is picking up, according to Jaye Roseborough, executive director of the college’s career services.
After the final episode of “Lost” aired on ABC Sunday night, three of my viewing companions and I stood around the television staring at each other wordlessly.
We were in a mostly empty Middlebury College campus house that a friend had offered as a viewing location, since none of us had cable at home. The show finished half an hour before the midnight deadline for moving off campus, and once we turned off the television the house was filled with an ear-shattering quiet.
Daniel, who had walked in that day’s graduation ceremony, shook his head.
BRISTOL — In addition to discussing the proposed Lathrop gravel pit, Bristol selectmen at their meeting on Monday took several other actions. These included:
• Approved budgets for the town’s water and sewer districts. Rate increases for the coming year are not anticipated for either utility, and the two budgets are supported by user fees and not taxpayer dollars.
During the 36 years he has been a senator, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy has spent 20 years as a member of the majority party and 16 years as a member of the minority party. Leahy will almost certainly be re-elected to a seventh term in November, but whether he will be a member of the majority or the minority party when the Senate reconvenes in January is very much an open question.
Because so many people have asked me for a copy of the remarks I made at Sunday’s Middlebury College commencement, I’ve decided to reprint them here.
In case you hadn’t seen the news reports, I was asked to step in at the last minute for Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, the scheduled commencement speakers who were last-minute no-shows. Apparently they had a Third World country to save that day and decided, for some inexplicable reason, that this was more important than giving a commencement speech.
In the past few years, the Vermont Principals’ Association and coaches’ associations in several sports have tinkered with divisional alignments.
It’s never an easy task.
Opinions vary. Mine has changed over the years; I used to be in favor of fewer divisions and “true” state championships. Now, I am more interested in competitive balance within the divisions.