Archive - Feb 2011
ADDISON — A lively Feb. 8 Addison Central School (ACS) forum on one-board governance of Addison Northwest Supervisory Union aired both unification’s potential benefits for Addison and the objections some residents there have about the plan.
The fate of the proposed 12-member board that would own and operate the four ANwSU schools may ride on voting in Addison on March 1. All five ANwSU towns must vote yes if the proposal is to succeed.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Feb. 8 unanimously adopted a city ordinance that allows Vergennes police to write civil tickets for the possession of drug paraphernalia.
Unless a petition arises to challenge the law within 44 days from the date of adoption, it will take effect 60 days from this past Tuesday.
Vergennes police will be able to issue a $100 ticket to anyone found in possession of equipment used to inhale, ingest, produce or cultivate illegal drugs.
VERGENNES — The Mount Abraham Union High School on Thursday rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to win at rival Vergennes, 47-41.
The scoring of freshman guard Ashlie Fay (10 of her team-high 16 points in the final period) and the passing and defense of senior guard Jenn Loyer (nine points, seven assists, eight steals) sparked the Eagles’ 20-5 fourth-quarter margin.
MONKTON — Students at Monkton Central School recently got a special treat: Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, an author from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, came by to do writing workshops with the students and judge the William C. Shattuck Farming in Monkton writing contest.
Contest founders Eugenie Doyle and Sam Burr run Last Resort Farm in Monkton on land that they purchased from Bill Shattuck. His family had owned the land for 150 years before he sold it, and after his death, Doyle said she and her husband wanted to find a way to memorialize him.
Tik Root and Robert Joyce, students studying at Middlebury College's school in Alexandria, explored the city on Jan. 28 and 29, just before being evacuated. They captured the pro-democracy protests and clashes between police and protesters.
Read their story here, then read about how people in Addison County are keeping up with events on the ground in Egypt here.
SHOREHAM — Town Meeting Day is just around the corner, and candidates for local school and municipal offices are jockeying for position as the election approaches.
But in Shoreham, the race garnering the most headlines involves a field of seven people who are each hoping to get just enough votes to finish second. That’s because the “winner” of this race gets the dubious honor of smooching a baby — only we aren’t talking about the human variety that politicians want to be seen holding.
BRIDPORT — State Sen. Claire Ayer filed legislation on Tuesday that lays the groundwork for a single-payer health system for Vermont.
The Weybridge Democrat, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, filed bill S.57, which proposes that the state create a “single-payer and unified health system.”
The bill — which Ayer hopes will be adopted by her committee — calls for the state to:
MIDDLEBURY — Early this week, far from the roar of protesters in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, five students beginning their spring semester at Middlebury College were struggling to find ways to keep up on the historic events that, just two weeks ago, they were witnessing firsthand.