June 29th, 2015
VERGENNES — Many members of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union boards and several residents of the five district towns gathered at Vergennes Union High School on Wednesday to hear a review of school governance and unification provisions in a new Vermont law — and how quickly ANwSU might have to take action.
Act 46 creates incentives for school districts to unify their governance structures. ANwSU has tried to unify in three separate years and voted in favor of unification in 2010 and 2011, only to see petitioned re-votes reverse the outcomes.
MIDDLEBURY — Ted Dunakin confirmed last week that July 2 will be his last day as Middlebury’s director of planning and zoning. His imminent departure — to serve as a maintenance project manager at Middlebury College — comes at a time when the community was already looking for a new town planner to replace Eric Blair, who left earlier this year to take a job with the Orton Family Foundation.
MIDDLEBURY — Under the first tent of the Middlebury Farmers’ Market in the Marble Works District, one Shoreham family has used unconventional ingredients to transform typical baked goods into vegan, gluten-free treats.
At first glance, a typical market-goer would never guess that the trays of decadent looking brownies are actually made from baked beans.
FERRISBURGH — It just doesn’t do justice to the eminence of the naval battles that took place on Lake Champlain between the Americans and the British in the War of 1812 to simply read about them in a textbook. Captivating details are lost, and the magnitude of brave endeavors is either understated or omitted.
BRISTOL — After Aug. 1, Bristol will take the first steps toward burying its municipal landfill, a move that will require local residents to either contract with a hauler to pick up their household waste and recyclables, or bring those materials themselves to a new drop-off center on the landfill property.
MIDDLEBURY — Cornwall residents Becky and Chris Dayton and Exchange Street business Maple Landmark Woodcraft were honored as Citizens of the Year and Business of the Year, respectively, by the Better Middlebury Partnership at the organization’s annual meeting this past Thursday evening.
Out-going president Ben Wilson, who has held the post for the past three years, presented the honors to the 65 members gathered at the Middlebury Inn along with brief remarks.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh woman who was charged with striking and killing a man on a bicycle while she was driving drunk, has had her first court date delayed for two weeks.
At the request of the Addison County State’s Attorney’s office, Holly Gonyeau will be arraigned on July 13 at 12:30 p.m. on a charge of driving under the influence on June 17; she was originally cited to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Monday, June 29.
BRANDON — In a rare move and after a marathon executive session that saw midnight come and go, the boards of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and the Brandon School District voted in the early hours of June 18 to impose a contract with paraprofessionals and bus drivers after negotiations failed.
The boards and the National Education Association-Vermont Paraprofessional and Bus Unit have been negotiating the contract for 18 months. The sticking point has been salary increase percentages and health care contributions.