May 6th, 2015
Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series on Vermonters who are giving back at home and around the world.
CABARETE, Dominican Republic — At her home on the outskirts of Cabarete, a beach town on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, life is not easy for Luismina. Her mother is single and poor. Luismina, 9, is the youngest of five daughters. In a country where one out of every 10 girls is married by age 15, she does not know how old her eldest sister is.
FERRISBURGH — In a second 2015 vote on a Ferrisburgh Central School budget, Ferrisburgh voters on Tuesday approved two spending articles totaling $3,592,402 for the 2015-2016 school year. The result will be an increase of about 2 percent over current FCS spending.
Because a second Vergennes Union High School budget proposal was defeated on Tuesday, 722-676, despite support in Ferrisburgh, the tax impact of Tuesday’s vote is difficult to assess.
VERMONT — After a warm, dry weekend and a Red Flag Warning on Monday that ended with more than 25 new reports of wildfires, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) on Tuesday ordered the state’s forest fire wardens to cease issuing burning permits through May 19.
MIDDLEBURY — There’s a lot of work and a sense of mystery associated with being Addison County’s public defender, and James Gratton embraces both facets of the job.
“I like the challenge of working with people,” Gratton said. “I like the fact that I never know when I come in in the morning what’s going to happen. I might be doing a motion that I wasn’t expecting, I might be getting through the paperwork that’s on my desk, for once.
MIDDLEBURY — “Be respectful and tolerant. Never raise your voice. Never be judgmental. Treat people kindly.”
That’s the approach to sentencing that U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III has taken throughout his 20 years on the federal bench. It’s a role the longtime Cornwall resident, of course, takes very seriously.
ADDISON COUNTY — Superior Court Judge Robert Mello called fiscal year 2014 — which spanned July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014 — a record year.
Since 2009, the Mariposa DR Foundation has been dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to end generational poverty in the Dominican Republic’s north coast, largely by focusing on educating and empowering girls. The foundation seeks to give Dominican girls the education, skills and self-confidence to pursue a path of their choosing.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Arts Walk kicks off its seventh season on Friday, May 8, from 5-7 p.m., turning the downtown and historic Marble Works into a center for art, music, food and fun. Participating businesses remain open late, becoming galleries displaying the work of area artists. Art will turn up in restaurants, on the town green, in stores and in other exciting and unlikely places. Many of the venues will display their participating artist throughout the month.