October 2nd, 2014
Seven minutes to feel hopeful about a continent instead of harboring the perception that it is a land of danger, disease, violence and unchecked terrorism?
Seven minutes to remember the promise of an event 19 years ago in which a group of famous singers and musicians throughout the USA came together to create a medley of hope, understanding and a willingness to give. The event, or national movement, was called USA for Africa and the song they sung was titled “We are the World.” The cause was fighting hunger in African nations.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s growing cadre of natural health care services has taken on some additional luster this summer with creation of the Riverside Natural Health Center (RNHC) in the Star Mill building in Frog Hollow.
VERGENNES — Addison County is gearing up for the general election on Nov. 4. Concern over low voter turnout for the August primary prompted discussions for staging a series of forums and debates for the contested races in the county. One of those events, to be held at the Vergennes Opera House on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will focus exclusively on issues concerning the economy of Addison County and of Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont author Ellen Stimson will be at the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. for the shop’s October book discussion.
Jeb Spaulding, who has been Gov. Shumlin’s secretary of administration since 2011, will leave the administration in January to become the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. Spaulding’s appointment will benefit the state colleges, but it will present significant challenges for the governor.
Last month I took the practice test for the Common Core, a set of education standards that all American children will have to meet. The test was created by an outfit called the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.” I was aghast and a little dismayed when I saw that Question 17 included the writing mistake that drives me, as an editor, the most crazy. The question read:
I had the privilege of attending the candidate forum held at the Town Hall Theater last week and encourage voters that were unable to attend to watch the video on MCTV. The candidates’ ability, or inability, to speak beyond political assurances or slogans can only be judged by actually hearing from the candidates themselves.
We know she’s honorable, dependable, gracious and accessible to everyone. We have been exceedingly well represented by Betty Nuovo’s intelligence, keen attention to detail, and vast knowledge of the intricacies of state government.