February 23rd, 2015
VERGENNES — One race on the Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot offers a rematch of a 2012 contest decided by a single vote: Former multi-term incumbent Vergennes Union Elementary School board director Cheryl Brinkman is challenging incumbent Susan Ferland, the woman who unseated her three years ago, 329-328.
This time around, both are seeking a three-year term on the VUES board. A two-year term on the VUES board is also coming open, with Sue Rakowski running unopposed for that seat.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on April 8 will vote on a proposed Mary Hogan Elementary School spending plan of $6,775,965 for the coming fiscal year. That figure represents a 1.94-percent increase over the current spending plan.
The budget would enable Mary Hogan Elementary to maintain its current staffing and programs and also boost the amount of assistance it receives from the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) to work with students who have behavioral problems, according to Principal Tom Buzzell.
MIDDLEBURY — Eighteen years ago, Middlebury College biology and environmental studies professor Stephen Trombulak bemoaned the fact that there wasn’t a book that aptly described the ecological history of Vermont and how humans have affected it.
Across campus, political science and environmental studies professor Christopher McGrory Klyza fretted that he didn’t have a Vermont-relevant text to assign the students in his first-year seminar.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) at its Jan. 29 annual meeting honored Mike Rainville, owner and founder of Maple Landmark Woodcraft (MLW), with the 2014 VWMA Woodworker of the Year Award.
ADDISON COUNTY — The FFA chapters in Vergennes and Middlebury, Vt., are celebrating National FFA Week, Feb. 21-28. This year’s theme is “Go All Out!” and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future.
FFA (formally Future Farmers of America) is a national organization founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. The FFA helps young people develop career, leadership and life skills through agricultural education.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Development Review Board agreed on Monday, Feb. 16, to approve a preschool playground on city-owned land on East Street, City Manager and zoning administrator Mel Hawley told Vergennes aldermen at their Feb. 17 meeting.
Hawley said in a Wednesday interview that all DRB members supported the city’s proposal for a boat-like climbing structure and a swing set on about a quarter acre next to the city pool.
MIDDLEBURY — Take six writers and give them 12 hours to write a 10-minute play. Include some random ingredients, some curveballs, and one line chosen by the public. The next day, grab a director and tons of actors, rehearse those shows and perform them that night at 7:30. That’s “Pop-Up Plays,” popping up for the second year at Town Hall Theater on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. The whole event takes place in 24 hours, which makes it the freshest theater experience around.
VERGENNES — In a hard-fought, well-played high school boys’ basketball game this past Thursday with postseason implications, visiting Middlebury surged in the second half to defeat Vergennes, 57-50.
The 16-4 Tigers completed a rare sweep of their Lake Division games, clinched the No. 5 seed for the Division I playoffs, and stretched their winning streak to 10 games.