February 2nd, 2012
When schools lose a student to the streets it’s a compounded loss that multiplies its way through society. When students drop out, they limit their potentials and fall prey to higher divorce rates, lower incomes and fewer opportunities. They often become part of the cycle of poverty, which then traps their children. The challenge is to figure out how to keep the students in school.
Longtime Independent readers may have noticed a new byline thrown in with the usual suspects these past few weeks. Along with being the lucky winter intern for the voice of Addison County, I am the sophomore right fielder on the Middlebury Panthers baseball team. Mother Nature’s lackadaisical winter has gotten me thinking about baseball early this year and led me to ponder how we can improve on last year’s abysmal attendance.
MIDDLEBURY — Mother Nature has delivered Vermont an unseasonably tepid winter so far, leading business owners who depend on snow-related sales looking to the skies for signs of the white stuff.
“It’s been crushing for us,” said Mike Hussey, director of the Carroll and Jane Rikert Nordic Ski Center in Ripton. “Everybody is hungry to ski and just waiting for the snow.”
FERRISBURGH — Students at Ferrsiburgh Central School are striving to reduce their town’s carbon footprint, and they just took two giant steps toward their goal.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Agency of Transportation officials plan to replace the Sand Hill Bridge on Route 125 in East Middlebury with a similar span during a four-to six-week time period during the summer of 2014.
Kristin Higgins, VTrans project manager, announced those plans on Jan. 25 at a gathering of more than 20 people at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library. Participants included neighbors of the 88-year-old span that crosses the Middlebury River at the bottom of a particularly curvy section of Route 125.
MIDDLEBURY — Two Addison County students are finalists in a statewide graphic design competition that aims to increase tourism and prosperity in the town of Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — It seems like just yesterday that Middlebury College’s “Self-Reliance” solar-powered house headed down to Washington, D.C., to compete in the biennial Solar Decathlon competition. The Middlebury students last fall claimed fourth place overall in an international field of entries.
MIDDLEBURY — The newest department at Middlebury College isn’t academic.
Instead, it aims to extend the skills and resources students learn within the academic institution to solve problems throughout the world.
The Center for Social Entrepreneurship, which launched with a three-day symposium last week, will coordinate skills, resources and networks at Middlebury College to help budding social entrepreneurs target the problems they see in the world.