May 17, 2007
By JOHN S. McCRIGHT
HANCOCK/GRANVILLE — After casting votes on Town Meeting Day that appeared to doom the Granville-Hancock Village School, residents in the two Addison County towns at separate meetings on Wednesday night reconsidered their March 6 decisions and voted instead to fund the school for another year.
“I’m very pleased,” said Granville school board member Kristi Fuller. “If I learned any lessons it’s that you need to hang on to your school as tight as you can and you need to get the people in Montpelier to understand that Vermont is a rural community and we’re not going to consolidate all the schools in the state.”
Granville and Hancock merged their separate village schools three years ago and teach about 36 children in kindergarten through sixth-grade at two buildings, one in each town. Many in both towns have defended the unique education that their children get in this setting.
May 17, 2007
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — About three years after it closed, the Briarwood Nursing Home will be returned to its former mission in Vergennes under new management and with a new name: Spruce Gardens Residential Care Home.
Building contractor Alan Giguere has a contract to purchase Briarwood from owner John LaBerge, who has been marketing the 10,000-square-foot building on a 4-acre lot at 1 Alder Place for $1.2 million.
Ferrisburgh native and 1986 Vergennes Union High School graduate Earl Dionne, who will manage Spruce Gardens for Giguere, said Giguere now has a lease on the property, but that a sale is planned for mid-June.
Not too long after that Dionne and Giguere hope to start filling the 19-bed facility, which is about three blocks north of Main Street, with its target population: seniors who need some help but still have most skills intact.