July 28th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to discussion concerns about the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the planned replacement of two downtown rail bridges (see story on Page 1A), the Middlebury selectboard at a Tuesday meeting:
• Unanimously agreed to ask VTrans to consider funding for an 8-foot-wide “shared-use” path along Exchange Street to accommodate pedestrians, joggers and cyclists.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison County Gospel Choir will perform two concerts next week followed by their annual appearance at Field Days.
This renowned group, under the leadership of Suzanne Rood, is comprised of singers representing a dozen churches in Addison County. Each year they perform on the opening night of the Addison County Fair and Field Days, but you can hear a preview at this concert on Aug. 6 in Ripton and Aug. 7 in Shoreham.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury man with mental health issues pleaded innocent to two counts of attempted second-degree murder at the Addison County Courthouse on Monday. The pleas come after a Sunday, July 24, incident during which he allegedly stabbed a worker and a fellow resident in a Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) home off Route 7 in Middlebury.
ADDISON COUNTY — For Doug Wilson, a Middlebury College sophomore from Hershey, Penn., the Charter House in Middlebury is home for the summer. In exchange for room and board, Wilson is kept busy picking tomatoes, squash, berries and garlic.
He’s helping harvest the more than 5,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables that the Charter House Coalition uses to prepare and serve meals to the community seven days a week.
And he’s embracing every minute of it.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Department of Health want Vermonters to be aware that a common weed found along many Vermont roadsides can cause painful rashes and raised blisters, similar to second-degree sunburn.
In the upcoming Democratic primary, Middlebury voters are blessed with good candidate choices for the Vermont House of Representatives: incumbent Rep. Amy Sheldon along with two newcomers, Robin Scheu and Jill Charbonneau — all running for Middlebury’s two seats.
I’m sure that any of the three would represent us well, but I plan to vote for Jill Charbonneau in addition to Amy Sheldon, who has already established herself as a strong voice for the environment and for action toward energy independence and limiting climate change.
STARKSBORO — For skiers and boarders, the beginning of 2016 was dismal. Temperatures were high and snowfall was low. Ski resorts suffered, along with local economies. But every coin has a flip side, and for one industry, the weather was sweet.
MIDDLEBURY — In the tradition of British garden journals, the journals of Henry David Thoreau, the Voyage of Discovery and other property record keepers, come enjoy a little time outdoors learning specific ways to record data on your own property that can help you in future land planning and management. What is important to document? What are some very simple methods using both writing and simple illustration? What will help you see how both subtle and obvious changes are happening to the nature of where you live?