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March Elections: A Guide to Voting in Middlebury

On March 4th and 5th, Middlebury will be having a town election! If you are registered to vote in Middlebury, you are eligible to vote in this election. Learn more below!

Town Meeting:

March 4th is Town Meeting Day. Town meeting is a New England tradition in which people come together to discuss and vote on local issues. This year, town meeting is on March 4th at 7:00 p.m. at Middlebury Union High School. You are a resident of Middlebury and a Middlebury voter, so you are eligible to attend town meeting, listen and voice your thoughts about town issues, and vote!

How to get there:

You can walk or drive to Middlebury Union High School (73 Charles Avenue), or take a MiddVote shuttle! The MiddVote shuttle will leave from Adirondack Circle at 6:45 pm and return at 9:00pm.

March 5th Town Election:

March 5th will be a town election, and Middlebury residents will vote on more local issues. Some initiatives you will see on this year’s ballot include:

  • Two resolutions sponsored by climate justice organization 350VT, which would encourage Vermont legislators to transition towards more renewable energy and ban the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure. If you want more information on these two resolutions or want to discuss them with peers and community members, Middlebury College Sunday Night Environmental Group (SNEG) is hosting a panel tonight in the Ilsley Public Library.
  • A resolution that would appropriate funding to Habitat For Humanity Addison County to support affordable housing.
  • A resolution that would ban single-use plastic bags in the Town of Middlebury– check out this Campus article for more info! To learn more about this or voice your thoughts, attend a community meeting at Ilsley Public library on Tuesday, Feb. 26th at 7:00pm.
  • Voting for local officials (listed on ballots below)

If you vote on March 5th, you will be given three ballots: the Addison Central School District Ballot, the Hannaford Regional Technical School District Ballot, and the Middlebury Town Meeting Ballot. You can learn even more about candidates and ballot measure at the Addison County Independent and Front Porch Forum (sign up with your college mailing address).

When/Where to Vote on March 5th:

Polls will be open on March 5th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Middlebury Town Offices (77 Main St). You can walk or drive down anytime! If you want a ride, MiddVote will be running shuttles to the polls on March 5th from 3pm-6pm, leaving from ADK every hour.

If you have friends who want to vote in this election but are not yet registered to vote in Middlebury, let them know that they can still register to vote any day up until and including election day! All you need to register on election day is to bring your Middlebury College ID and remember the last four digits of your social security number.

If you have any questions about voting in this election, don’t hesitate to reach out to middvote@middlebury.edu.

Abby Dennis ’21 is the president of MiddVote, Middlebury’s non-partisan student organization working to increase voter participation.


TODAY IS ELECTION DAY: How We Can Help Get You to the Polls

 

TODAY is Election Day and MiddVOTE is committed to helping you get to the polls!

Here’s what they’re doing to help you get there:

Get a Ride to The Polls
Come to ADK Circle to catch a shuttle to the polls every hour, starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m. The shuttle will drive you to and from the Town Clerk’s office! More information can found on Facebook here.

Party at The Polls
Students, faculty, staff, and local community members are invited to MiddVOTE’s #VoteTogether Party at the Polls! Stop by the tent at College Park (across from Shafer’s Market and Deli) to enjoy hot chocolate, pizza, face painting for children, and more on your way to the polls at the Town Clerk’s office and celebrate Election Day. More info can be found on Facebook here.

Register AND Vote in Middlebury
As a Middlebury College student, you are a resident of Vermont! This means you can register AND vote in Middlebury on Election Day. Check out this article by The Middlebury Campus on how to do just that.

And check out the paper’s coverage on elections here in the state of Vermont so you can be an informed voter!

Attend the Election Night Watch Party
Come join us tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for a bipartisan midterm elections viewing party at Crossroads Cafe! Help yourself to pizza, cookies, chips, salsa, and soda as election results come in. Professors Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson will provide commentary. The even is cosponsored by the Middlebury College Democrats, Middlebury College Republicans, and MiddVote. More information can be found on Facebook here.

Follow MiddVOTE on Facebook for updates throughout the day!

Rural Fun Delivery: My Local Privilege & Poverty Internship, by Claiborne Beary ’20

Claiborne Beary ‘20 reflects on her experiences as an Addison County Privilege & Poverty Intern with Mary Johnson Children’s Center as their Rural Fun Delivery Program Manager

Rural Fun Delivery (RFD), a Mary Johnson Children’s Center program, provides free, healthy lunches and engaging summer programming to kids 18 and under in mobile home parks in Starksboro, Vermont. Last summer, RFD expanded to offer afternoon activities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and provided each site with a Little Free Library full of books donated by local non-profits. Eight weeks into my internship, I am thrilled to be a part of RFD’s fifth summer delivering food and fun to the kiddos in Starksboro.

I began my internship with RFD by planning activities for the summer and preparing promotional materials with my co-lead intern Lily Barter ’19.5, in addition to helping out with the Mary Johnson Children’s Center’s after-school program at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School. Having served with Middlebury College’s Page One Literacy Project, I was especially excited to build on the existing Little Free Libraries and offer a new summer reading challenge to help foster a love of reading.

We began delivering lunches – prepared by the Mt. Abraham Union School District – three weeks into my internship and centered that week’s activities around community. That included playing blob tag and creating a collaborative poster! We have since traveled through space, explored nature, and transformed into superheroes. This is currently our fifth week and we are going under the sea by learning the classic game Captain’s Coming, creating slime, and perfecting our water balloon toss. I have greatly enjoyed building relationships with the kids so far – getting insider knowledge about all the animatronics in the video game Five Nights at Freddy’s, meeting a fantastic group of stuffed animals, and discussing our favorite superhero movies.

I look forward to drawing from my experience with RFD in my work with Middlebury’s Page One Literacy program and in future non-profit work with kids. I am so grateful to Anne Gleason, Director of School Age Programs at Mary Johnson, for this opportunity and to Lily for her creativity and enthusiasm.

“These interactions have really helped me understand the power of providing a safe space for kids to be kids.”

Middlebury Lacrosse Visits Nicaragua on Service Trip

Players from the Middlebury Women’s and Men’s lacrosse teams visited Nicaragua earlier this month. The trip was organized through Lacrosse the Nations, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using “the lacrosse field as a platform to teach students valuable life skills and health education, while ultimately bringing joy to their lives.”

The students visited Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, as part of Lacrosse the Nations’s Team LtN campaign, which is a “network of individuals, lacrosse players, and teams across the country who come together to help spread awareness and raise funds for our life skills, nutrition and scholarship programs in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the U.S.”

As part of their service trip, Middlebury Lacrosse players engaged in community service projects to help improve infrastructure in the organization’s partner schools, raised funds for scholarship programs, and played lacrosse with students.

Check out some photos from the tip on the organization’s Facebook page and below!

Atwater Res Life Gets Pied For MALT Trip Fundraiser

Members of the Atwater Commons Residential Life Staff got pied in the faced on Wednesday night as part of a fundraiser for a Middlebury Alternative Break Trip (MAlt) to La Push, Washington. Members of the trip can be found in the above photo.

Students will live and work with members of the Quileute Tribe in La Push, Washington through Xperitas, a community partner invested in cultural immersion and building global community. The trip is focused on social justice and participants will work to deepen their understanding of community issues through intercultural learning.

The fundraiser was organized by Sandhya Sewnauth ’20, who is one of the trip’s leaders and a Residential Assistant for Atwater Commons. First year students in Atwater were able to bid on a chance to pie their First Year Counselors, as well as the Commons Residential Director, in the face. Enjoy some photos of the event below, and if you would like to donate to any of the CCE’s MAlt trips, please click here. If you’d like to learn more about joining the Residential Life Staff, please click here.

 

Members of the Atwater Commons Res Life Staff pose after getting pied.
From left (back): Irene Margiotta ’19, Samantha Pearl ‘18.5, Will DiGravio ’19
From left (front): Doug Desrochers, Dominick Tanoh ’18, Michael Caminear ’19

Click to view slideshow.

Vote in Nov. 7 Special Election (Early Voting Available)

Students who are registered to vote in Middlebury will be able to exercise their civic duty in a special election scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 7 at the Town Offices at 77 Main Street. Students are also able to vote early until Thursday November 2.  More information can be found here.

The election will consist of a single ballot measure: should the town charge Vermont Gas for three pipeline easements the company is seeking on town-owned property? For more information on Vermont Gas and its role in the pipeline, read this story by John Flowers in The Addison Independent.

In September, a Middlebury resident gathered more than the required number of signatures to force a special election on the issue.

Here is the official article that will appear on the ballot:

“Shall the legal voters of the Town of Middlebury approve the current Deed of Easement agreements as approved by the Select board at their meeting on June 27, 2017 and convey three land easements (one behind the town office and Ilsley library, one near Mr. Ups Restaurant, and one on Mill Street) to Vermont Gas Systems?”

An informational meeting will be held prior to the election on November 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary Hogan Elementary School cafeteria/gymnasium, located at 201 Mary Hogan Drive. More information can be found here.

Apply to Serve on HOPE’s Board of Trustees

Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is seeking a student to serve on their board of trustees.

Applications for the position can be accessed here.

The board of trustees meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at 282 Boardman Street in Middlebury. Please email questions and completed applications to Jeanne Montross at jmontross@hope-vt.org.

You may also mail applications to:

Jeanne Montross, HOPE

P.O. Box 165

Middlebury, VT

05753

About HOPE:

HOPE is a Middlebury-based organization that “assists low income individuals and families in many ways, depending on their needs and circumstances” throughout Addison County. Their services include providing meals through their food shelf, hosting cooking classes, providing financial assistance with housing and utilities, helping with urgent medical and dental needs, and providing job-related assistance including tools, uniforms, and tests.