July 2nd, 2014
LINCOLN — Chris Bohjalian thrives on dread.
This isn’t to say the Lincoln author, whose 17th novel, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” will debut next week, harbors a morbid fascination with dread — in fact, he’s an affable guy.
But he relies on it, the ever-present feeling that something is or is about to be terribly wrong, to drive the action in his novels and keep readers turning pages.
RIPTON — Last Wednesday evening around 30 Bread Loaf School of English graduate students, staff, faculty and children gathered here in a small white building — the “Burgess Meredith Little Theater” behind the Bread Loaf Inn — to audition for the handful of supporting roles in this summer’s production of Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida.” Students and faculty read from Shakespearian monologues, enduring a lengthy audition process that went well into the night, and many community members came simply to watch.
WEYBRIDGE — Vermont Congressman Peter Welch took a walk Monday with members of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) and the James family, who own Monument Farms Dairy, to discuss an effort under way to add to Vermont’s network of hiking trails.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union officials will spend the next year creating a strategic plan, and they’re asking for the public’s help. The plan will, for the first time, clearly define and codify the ACSU’s educational priorities for children educated in the district’s seven elementary schools along with Middlebury Union middle and high schools.
SALISBURY — New Haven’s Chris Coffey was among the winners on Saturday as the Vermont Sun Triathlon Series opened its 29th season at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore with two simultaneous races.
Coffey prevailed the men’s side of the shorter Vermont Sun Triathlon, consisting of a 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Also contested was the Lake Dunmore Triathlon, an Olympic distance event consisting of a 1,600-yard swim, 28-mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run.
MIDDLEBURY — The visiting Town of Essex Swim Team outpointed the Middlebury Panthers, 280-212, in Tuesday Champlain Valley Swim League action.
TEST swept to wins in all the individual 12-and-under, U-14 and U-18 boys’ races as Jake McIntyre, Jacob Hammond and Andrew Gadbois prevailed in three races apiece, respectively, in those age groups.
ADDISON — The Addison Planning Commission on Monday approved a town plan update and voted to send it to the town selectboard for its approval. Planning board chairman Frank Galgano told a half-dozen residents at a public hearing that the moves would allow the town to move to adopt new zoning laws that have been on hold for six months.
Talk isn’t always cheap, especially when it’s the state that backs down on its word. In a recent case with Middlebury-based Porter Hospital, the state, through the Department of Vermont Health Access, led hospital administrators there to believe they would be substantially supported through state funds to help establish a Suboxone treatment center in Addison County — the lone county in the state without a treatment center for opiate addiction.