November 12th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Barbara and Al Stiles moved from Connecticut to Middlebury back in 1976 to enjoy a more relaxed, healthy atmosphere.
Truth is, the two have done so much volunteer work — from grooming the Long Trail to serving on municipal boards — in and around Middlebury that relaxing became an afterthought.
But advancing years and a desire to be closer to family have prompted Al, 86, and Barbara, 90, to begin a new chapter in their lives. On Monday, Nov. 16, they will leave Middlebury to move into a retirement community near Santa Cruz, Calif.
MIDDLEBURY — St. Johnsbury native and former Middlebury College coach and athletic director Tom Lawson first caught the coaching bug as an athlete at St. Johnsbury Academy.
Lawson, who on Saturday night in South Burlington will be inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a coach and administrator at Middlebury and Proctor High School (see sidebar), said he figured out his career path early on.
CORNWALL — Hundreds of boys and girls across Vermont participated in the annual Youth Deer Hunting Weekend this past Saturday and Sunday, two days when deer hunting in the Green Mountain State is reserved for youngsters age 15 and younger.
Young people may take part in the hunt if they have successfully completed a hunter education course, hold a valid hunting license and youth deer tag, and are accompanied by an adult.
When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, the longtime Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff did a piece for the magazine about Obama and basketball.
That began a long journey for Wolff, a Cornwall resident, tracing the president’s heartfelt ties to this most American of games. (Basketball was, after all, invented just a few hours down the road from here in Springfield, Mass.)
MIDDLEBURY — Some UD-3 officials are proposing to use around $300,000 of the school district’s roughly $500,000 in budget surplus from fiscal year 2015 to bankroll additional security system improvements at Middlebury Union middle and high schools, as well as pay for scores of new gym lockers at MUHS. These projects would be done next year.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members on Tuesday agreed to form a new, five-member committee to plan the next steps in mixed-use development for Middlebury’s so-called “Economic Development Initiative” property off Bakery Lane.
MIDDLEBURY — The Friends of the Five Town Schools is hosting a community meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, from 7-9 p.m. at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School in the small cafeteria.
The meeting is a follow-up to a meeting that was held in September, at which almost 100 concerned residents of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union five town communities came together to express strong support for their schools as well as thoughtful concerns about the steps the community needs to take to make the schools better.
BRANDON — Voters in Brandon and the other towns that send students to Otter Valley Union High School will be voting on two capital improvement questions on Tuesday, Nov. 17. If approved, neither is expected to raise the tax rate.
Brandon residents will vote at polls set up at the Neshobe School. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
For Leicester residents, polls at the town office will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Contact Town Clerk Julie Delphia if an absentee ballot is needed.