SATURDAY September 12, 2009
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Storytellers to gather Congressman visits Vergennes campus MIDDLEBURY—There will be fun for all ages at the third annual Vermont Story Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. in Middlebury. The festival, sponsored by the Henry Sheldon Museum, the Ilsley Public Library and the Vermont Folklife Center, will take place at those sites in downtown Middlebury, at the Town Hall Theater and outside in Cannon Park. The event is an official Quadricentennial program. The theme of this year ’s Vermont Story Festival centers on indigenous culture from around the Champlain region. The stories, music, dance and art shared by members of our region’s Abenaki communities are important elements to the idea that narrative and artistic expression assist in honoring and validating life and helps to celebrate the fact that storytelling is not ordinary but “extra”ordinary and central to life. The festival begins at 11 a.m. at the Town Hall Theater with “Exploring Native American Song, Dance and Culture,” featuring the W’Abenaki Dancers and the Abenaki storytellers Hand in Hand (Marge Bruchac and Justin Kennick). Programs continue at the Henry Sheldon Museum, the Vermont Folklife Center and the Ilsley Public Library in the afternoon from 1-4 p.m. All Festival activities are free; donations are welcome. Following the performances at the Town Hall Theater, the W’Abenaki Dancers will present a Dance Workshop in Cannon Park at 1:15 pm. All ages are welcome to participate in this opportunity to learn traditional Abenaki dance moves. All afternoon, two craft activities will be offered at the Sheldon Museum. Judy Dow, Abenaki educator, will lead a children’s art and craft activity in the Abenaki tradition. On the Sheldon’s side porch, participants may make a small clay bowl using traditional pinch and coil techniques. Admission to the Sheldon’s special exhibit Mapping Champlain's New World will be discounted 10 percent the day of the festival.
VERGENNES—U.S. Congressman Peter Welch (DVermont) was on a fact finding mission at Northlands Job Corps Academy last week. Students and staff joined the congressman in a tour around the century old campus; they talked about the current career and educational opportunities offered to youth at Northlands. Dale Nolan, social development manager at Northlands Job Corps Academy, talked to Welch about Job Corps’ 45-year history as the nation’s largest and most successful career technical training program for economically disadvantaged youth. “Several main components helped Job Corps to be this successful, including the individual approach to each student’s needs, handson learning experiences, and internships with real businesses from the area. Constant measurement of progress allows for rapid, precise and effective academic interventions, which increases greatly the success of our students, and helps with accountability.” During this visit, Welch
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont) on a recent tour at the Northlands campus in Vergennes. met with the executive board of the Northlands Student Government Association, and several other students enrolled in the program. The students showed their dormitories, classrooms and trade shops to Congressman, explaining their daily routine and the
rules at Northlands. Students were able to meet Welch and share their experiences at Job Corps with him. “I just love every day I spend here. I’m working on my LNA, I’m getting my GED and my driver ’s license,” said Elsa Moreta, a
student of Northlands. “It was a real honor for me to take such an important visitor on a tour of our campus!” Welch was apparently impressed with the program and accepted to have a student from Northlands shadow in his office in Washington, D.C., later this month.
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