ADDISON COUNTY — The first day of winter on Dec. 21 brought a storm with hurricane-strength gales that knocked down trees and power lines, plunging more than 43,000 Vermonters into the dark beginning early Friday morning. The weather caused at least one fatality.
Green Mountain Power said that 34,270 of its customers were affected by the windstorm over the weekend, while the Vermont Electric Cooperative reported over 9,000.
MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) has reached the halfway mark in its 2012 effort to raise $700,000 for local nonprofit causes, and organizers of the annual fund drive will soon mount an all-out push to try and reach the goal by next March.
VERGENNES — U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Vergennes officials confirmed last week that the current firm now operating Northlands Job Corps, Alutiiq LLC, has been granted an additional three months to run the federally funded job-training center for disadvantaged youth.
The DOL, which oversees the nation’s roughly 120 Job Corps centers, had announced in March that it would terminate Alutiiq’s Northlands contract, effective Dec. 31.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union’s search for a new superintendent will continue after a third bid to locate a top executive failed to woo a finalist on Friday, Dec. 21.
District officials confirmed late Friday afternoon that both finalists — Burlington School District Superintendent Jeanne Collins and John W. Johnson, an executive with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction — withdrew their names from consideration, citing personal reasons.
VERGENNES — The legislators who represent Vergennes in Montpelier — sadly at this point only a trio — sat down with Vergennes aldermen last week to talk about the budgetary and other challenges they will face during the upcoming legislative session.
SOUTH BURLINGTON —Vermont Gas Systems on Dec. 20 announced that the company has filed with the Public Services Board (PSB) a petition for a Certificate of Public Good for the Addison Natural Gas Project.
The company said this natural gas pipeline, if permitted and built, would provide significant economic, environmental and reliability benefits to Vermont as well as advance Vermont’s longer-term goal to extend service to the Rutland area.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School has launched an impressive array of educational programs in the past few weeks.
With support from an e-Vermont grant, which supports computer literacy in communities across the state, as well as a grant from the Rowland Foundation, Mount Abe has opened its computer labs to the public — and its dedicated staff is collaborating with local community organizations to capitalize on the space’s availability to foster educational opportunities and conversations on many levels.