November 12th, 2009
BRISTOL — Against the backdrop of a steady beat of African drums, Soriba Simbo Camara leapt and twisted, his body, contorting rhythmically to the sound. He carried a cow’s tail in one hand, a symbol of power in Guinean culture, and wore a traditional West African shirt. The dance was feverish but graceful, and at its end, Camara catapulted his body from the ground in a tremendous jump.
Camara wiped the sheen of sweat from his brow, and caught his breath.
“It keeps you young,” he said, grinning just as he had all through the dance.
he future of Vermont’s electricity supply will be a major issue in next year’s legislative session and gubernatorial campaign. While the federal government has the primary responsibility for regulating the safety of nuclear power, Vermont law requires that the Legislature must approve an extension of Vermont Yankee’s authority to operate beyond the expiration of its current license in 2012.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen and the owners of Mister Ups Restaurant have failed to agree on an easement deal that would have allowed for two-way traffic on Bakery Lane as part of the Cross Street Bridge project.
MIDDLEBURY — Administrators at Middlebury College have reopened the discussion about the fate of 51 Main at the Bridge, a college-owned restaurant and bar operating in downtown Middlebury.
51 Main hit the chopping block last year, when the college first began looking at serious budget cuts. Officials gave the lounge roughly a year to sink or swim, with the provision that the bar must show at least two consecutive months in the black to stay in operation.
MIDDLEBURY — A citizen good Samaritan, a brave nurse and an experienced law enforcement officer helped avert what could have been an explosive situation at Porter Hospital on Monday afternoon.
The heart of the story is a scuffle between Addison County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Charles Clark and Robert G. Blaise, 29, of Middlebury — a prisoner who was being examined at Porter Hospital after collapsing during his arraignment at the Addison County Courthouse on Monday.
VERGENNES — Like virtually every company in the United States, Vergennes high-tech engineering firm Nathaniel Group Inc., which does business as Nathaniel Electronics, has felt the effects of the international economic slump.
Nathaniel has had to downsize. About a third of a workforce that numbered more than 40 in mid-2008 has either been laid off or left through what company founder Joel Melnick called attrition.
Now Melnick says the 25-year-old Panton Road firm sees light at the end of that economic tunnel — and it’s coming from light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Labor will hold a job fair at the Middlebury American Legion on Boardman Street on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help 62 Monahan Filaments workers who will become unemployed as of this Friday, Nov. 13.
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This weekend in Boston, my friends and I were eager for a more cost-efficient meal, since eating out was draining our wallets. There were four of us — me, Sean, Shira and Jaime — and the plan, as these things often do, ballooned in complexity as dinner drew closer. First it was chicken breasts and kale and rice, and then it was breaded chicken and wild rice, and then it was chicken with white wine, cream and mushroom sauce with brown rice and kale, crème brulee, and an appetizer of brie cheese, bread and wine.