Archive - Aug 2007
August 6, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — One of the county’s main poverty-fighting agencies has drafted a priority list for the next five years that includes reaching out to new prospective clients, providing more counseling to help people escape the cycle of poverty, and establishing a mobile food shelf to assist county residents who can’t travel to Middlebury.
Addison County Community Action Group (ACCAG) officials are currently fine tuning a “strategic plan” that will set forth the agency’s service goals for the next five years. Jeanne Montross, executive director of ACCAG, recently shared some of the priorities in the plan, which has an over-arching principle: Helping people to better help themselves.
“What we’re hoping the results will be, is that our interaction with clients will be less crisis-focused,” Montross said. “There will always be a significant number of people who will need assistance, because there simply isn’t enough money for them to meet their basic needs consistently. What we’re hoping, though, is to help people to become more (financially) stable.”
MIDDLEBURY FIREFIGHTERS Pat Shaw, left, and David Shaw use fire hoses to push a ball past the Underhill Fire Department’s goal line during a game of water polo at the Vermont State Firefighter’s Convention muster games held in Middlebury Saturday afternoon. Middlebury won the match in overtime. The three-day convention drew hundreds of firefighters and their families to the county. For more photos from the games and Sunday’s parade, see Page 2A of Thursday's Addison Independent.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell
August 2, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College may soon rent the former Eat Good Food restaurant space in the Battell Block on Middlebury’s Main Street for an as-yet-undefined venture that officials said would be designed to draw students into the downtown area and stimulate the local economy.
“We’re headed in the direction of some sort of agreement where the college would have control of the space while it sorts out its plans,” said Bruce Hiland, a co-owner of the Battell Block. “I’m optimistic.”
In late April Eat Good Food vacated its Battell Block space, which includes a 2,700-square-foot main floor and an 800-square-foot storage spot. Since then, Battell Block management has been reviewing proposals from prospective tenants, who have included restaurateurs and retailers.
August 2, 2007
By MEGAN JAMES
MIDDLEBURY — About a week into the 2007 Mongol Rally, an annual extreme car race from London to Mongolia, recent Middlebury College graduates Tommy Heitkamp of Orwell and Joya Taft-Dick, and their friend Alex Switzer, a.k.a. Team Ironsides, stumbled upon a country they didn’t know existed.
Driving “Diana,” their 1995 Fiat Uno — the rally requires participants to drive a beat-up car — the trio had zipped hundreds of miles since the race began July 21, booking through France and Germany and then easing into Eastern Europe via the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
Just as they were about to reach the Ukrainian border in Moldova, Team Ironsides hit Transnistria. The 1,600-square-mile region nestled between the two former Soviet republics broke away from Moldova in 1990 but is not recognized as independent by the rest of the world.