February 4th, 2016
VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes City Council meeting, at their Jan. 26 meeting, deemed untimely a petition submitted by former Alderwoman Clara “Ziggy” Comeau and declined to place an article she requested on the Town Meeting Day ballot.
Petitioned articles had a Jan. 13 deadline, earlier than the Jan. 25 deadline for submitting paperwork for those wishing to run for elective office. Comeau presented her petition on Jan. 21, Hawley said, saying she had been confused about the dates.
MIDDLEBURY — Heliand Consort presents “Distant Mirrors — Music between the wars, 1918-1939,” a program of music for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano and vocal selections, on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. A pre-concert talk is at 2:30. The Vermont chamber music ensemble is known for its musically diverse programs that blend classical instrumental music with song.
MIDDLEBURY — Weybridge resident Grace Weber will give a slide show and talk titled “Olives and Oranges: Growing a Mafia-free Sicily” on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury.
Weber traveled to Sicily in August 2015 to volunteer for the second time for the anti-Mafia organization Libera Terra, which was mentioned in the Jan. 3 airing of “60 Minutes.” The show’s piece on “agromafia” reported that adulterated olive oil is three times more profitable for the Mafia than is cocaine.
VERGENNES — Shoppers at Champlain Discount Foods in Vergennes and at Shaw’s in both Vergennes and Bristol will see the familiar green vests of Vergennes Lions Club members on Saturday, Feb. 13. Assisted by local Boy Scouts, the club will sponsor its annual Food From the Heart event, a major food drive to benefit food shelves in Vergennes and Bristol.
NEW HAVEN — Dams — both in Vermont and around the country — are a controversial environmental issue, with some people arguing that waterways would be better served if dams that have outlived their usefulness were torn down. Staff members of The Nature Conservancy will address the topic in a presentation titled “The Dam Controversy” on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at the New Haven Town Hall.
FERRISBURGH — Celebrate love — and the Supreme Court ruling that struck down laws against interracial marriage — at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 pm. “The Loving Story” will be screened, followed by discussion and refreshments, with chocolates.
BRISTOL — Mountain Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has announced the addition of dental services coming soon in early 2016. This broadens the types of available services offered not only to current Mountain Health Center patients, but also to the community.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley union high school wrestlers fared well at a Saturday tournament hosted by Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, led by two Commodores who won their weight classes, senior Ethan Reardon and junior Brandon Cousino.
Reardon won twice by pin and then twice by convincing decisions, including by 8-2 over Taconic’s Zabion Powell in the 132-pound final to earn what was his first-ever tournament title.