March 1st, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — Skihaus is back.
Long-time employees of the Alpine Shop, Barb Nelson and Anna Boisvert, closed on the purchase of the prominent Main Street business last Friday morning and by mid-afternoon sold their first items under their new name: Skihaus of Vermont.
NEW HAVEN — Stepping into his new position as the commander at the Vermont State Police barracks in New Haven last week, Lt. Gary Genova’s career came full circle.
The 47-year-old began his career with the VSP more than 20 years ago at the former Middlebury barracks just down the road. An Addison County resident, Genova said he’s pleased to return to the barracks where his career with the state police started, and looks forward to reviving his partnerships with longstanding public safety officials in the region.
MIDDLEBURY — The hijab, or head scarf, is one of the more recognized — and at times, controversial — symbols of the Muslim faith. For some, it represents female oppression; for some, modesty; for some, faith.
For most Americans, the hijab is simply a mystery.
So when three Muslim students at Middlebury College spoke about their reasons for wearing hijab last Thursday, the hall was packed with people sitting on the floor and craning in through the doors to catch some of the conversation.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting last week released funds that will help the planning commission update the city’s zoning laws to reflect changes called for in the municipal plan adopted last fall. That update would not take effect until after a public process.
Aldermen said they would take $3,000 out of the city’s Tower Fund, which is funded by cell phone companies who lease space for antennas on the water tower behind City Hall.
MIDDLEBURY — The land of Bollywood, the “call center capital,” creator of curry and home to the Taj Mahal. India is a country of 1.5 billion people with a booming gross domestic product of about 7 percent even during the world’s recent recession.
A rising superpower, India is extremely diverse with 18 official languages and about 700 dialects, is expected to be the world’s third largest economy by 2050, is the largest democracy in the world, and, yet, it’s a country mired in contradictions of religion, ethnicity and language.
As Middlebury residents go to the polls on Tuesday, March 2, they’ll have the opportunity to change the long-term economic fortunes of the town through one measure: Casting a vote to phase out the town’s antiquated machinery and equipment tax. The measure is written as Article 10 and calls it a tax on Business Personal Property.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team continued its late-season surge on Saturday, when the 17-4-4 Panthers dismissed visiting Tufts, 6-2, in a NESCAC quarterfinal.
The win was the Panthers’ 10th in 11 tries and sends them to next weekend’s NESCAC final four at top-seeded Bowdoin. The Panthers will take on No. 5 Trinity, and the Polar Bears will face No. 6 Hamilton. Middlebury tied Trinity on the road, 2-2 on Jan. 15. The Panthers defeated Bowdoin, 5-2, in Middlebury on Jan. 30.
BRANDON — It takes a pretty selfless person to knowingly give up $1,000, no matter how old you are, but seven-year-old Livia Bernhardt didn’t have a problem with it.