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January 16th, 2017
ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau have organized a series of breakfasts and lunches at which local lawmakers and residents can discuss what is going on in Montpelier during the legislative session.
The 2017 Legislative Breakfast series will debut on Monday, Feb. 6, and include a March 20 breakfast with Gov. Phil Scott in Middlebury.
MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos announced that eligible Vermont voters are now able to register to vote on any day up to and including Election Day. As of Jan. 1, Act No. 44 (S. 29) An act relating to election day registration officially went into effect, and will be implemented immediately for all local and state elections going forward, including any special elections and Town Meeting Day, which is Tuesday, March 7.
MIDDLEBURY — The media plays a powerful role in shaping and reflecting societal attitudes and opinions toward minority groups. Coverage of minorities in recent high-profile events has invigorated public scrutiny of how minority groups are framed in the news.
Editor’s note: This is the third of three commentaries on issues surrounding cannabis legalization in Vermont by Dave Silberman, a Middlebury attorney and pro bono legalization advocate. This column focuses on tax policy; the first focused on impaired driving, and the second on edibles; each column can be found online addisonindependent.com.
January 20, 1937. Franklin Delano Roosevelt took the solemn oath of the office of the Presidency for the second time on a new constitutionally mandated date and my father was born in a small town in the Midwest. Because of that coincidence, inaugural events played a special role in my family and my father’s life. Although not an overtly political man he would remark on another year and another presidency gone and look forward to the opportunities a new year and a new presidency would bring.
MIDDLEBURY — During a week when Americans remember and honor Martin Luther King Jr., Middlebury College’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) will offer a Day of Activism and Service on Saturday, Jan. 21, so members of the college community can discover ways to harness their skills, passion, and knowledge to bring about social change.
MIDDLEBURY — The Interfaith Climate Action Network (ICAN) and the Middlebury Area Clergy Association (MACA) will host a Jan. 28 workshop titled “Active Hope: Inspiration and Courage for Times of Great Change.”
As organizers say, all of life is experiencing rapid and unsettling changes. While living in these challenging times can generate fear, despair and anxiety, they believe that human beings also need to remain in touch with their capacity for great joy, compassion and love.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has offered 343 students early admission to the Class of 2021. The admitted students were chosen from a pool of 673 applicants — an increase of 6.5 percent over last year — and represent about 51 percent of a class that is expected to total about 705.
Those 343 students are from 35 states, Washington, D.C., and 19 countries.