July 21st, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Most residents of Middlebury are highly aware of the College’s Language School Program due to its conspicuous presence — it’s hard to ignore groups of students walking down the street in Middlebury conversing in anything from German to Chinese, but not English.
However residents, and even members of the program, might not be aware of one of the less-visible components of the Language Schools: the bilingual students.
MIDDLEBURY — Faced with a $30,000 budget shortfall and declining membership, Middlebury Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7823 officials said they may soon have to sell the organization’s club headquarters and event hall at 530 Exchange St. and meet elsewhere.
“A decision has to be made,” Post 7823 Commander Kenley Hallock said about the future of the VFW’s Exchange Street property. “There is not enough revenue.”
BRIDPORT — A solar orchard powering Middlebury’s Woodchuck Hard Cider recently won two honors at a national solar show.??The 150kW Bridport project utilizing Vermont-made AllSun Trackers was a “Project of Distinction” finalist and won “Project of Distinction 2014 Fan Favorite” at the PV America event in Boston in June.?
MONTPELIER — Bristol native Keil Corey will in mid-August join the staff of the Vermont Natural Resources Council in Montpelier as membership and outreach coordinator.
For almost two years, Corey has been an AmeriCorps member, working in the VNRC offices as a community energy and climate action organizer.
MIDDLEBURY — Once every two years the Milk & Honey Quilt Guild sponsors a two-day quilt show titled “Quilting in the Land of Milk and Honey.” Vermont art quilter Anne Standish of Cambridge will be the featured artist and will exhibit many of her dramatic award-winning quilts, featuring familiar landscapes from Vermont.
Benson — As I enter the pit at Devil’s Bowl Speedway last Friday, security guards wave pickup trucks pulling trailers through the gates as the stands begin to fill with spectators.
In the few hours leading up to the start, the pit has a palpable tension. Drivers and crew prowl the pit with urgency, faces shaded by baseball caps, gripping tools or cans of soda. Tires are inflated. Engines are primed, ready to go.
BURLINGTON — Host Burlington outpaced the Vergennes Champs, 294-183, on Thursday as the Champlain Valley Swim League regular season wrapped up.
The Champs will join the rest of the CVSL teams on Friday and Saturday at the Middlebury town pool for the CVSL championship meet.
Vs. BCC this past Thursday, Noah Konczal paced Vergennes with three wins in under-8 boys’ races, while Jeffrey Stearns prevailed in two U-12 boys’ events.
ST. ALBANS — The Middlebury Panthers concluded their Champlain Valley Swim League regular season on Thursday by outpacing host St. Albans, 245-210. Middlebury finished the campaign with a 3-4 mark.
Next up for the Panthers will be hosting their CVSL competitors in the Middlebury town pool on Friday and Saturday in the league’s championship meet.
The following weekend brings the Vermont summer championship meet, which will be held at Hartford’s Upper Valley Aquatic Center on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3.