Archive - 2016
ORWELL — Add another major task to the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union’s 2017 agenda: Find a new chief executive.
Already preparing for a Town Meeting Day vote on school governance consolidation, the ARSU — which includes Orwell and five neighboring Rutland County communities — is now in the market for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Ron Ryan announced last week he will leave his job in June after 20 years with the district.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials will spend this month reviewing key terms of an agreement that could lead to the organization’s affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network early this spring.
“Things are going well,” PMC President Fred Kniffin said during a recent affiliation update to the Porter community. “The work is being done in a collaborative, respectful fashion … The ‘feel’ of the growing relationship between PMC and UVMHN is really good. Progress is being made.”
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) officials have approved a 2017 budget of $2,989,316, a plan calling for a 6-percent increase in spending.
The increase reflects — among other things — the launch next July 1 of a new state law calling on waste haulers and transfer stations to offer food scrap collection.
MIDDLEBURY — Freddie and Gladis, Mexican citizens, have worked on Vermont dairy farms since 2010. Last month the couple brought their two-month-old daughter, Charlene, from Stowe, where they live, to Middlebury for the annual visit by officials from the Mexican Consulate of Boston.
They came to get a Mexican birth certificate for the pink-swathed baby, a new service offered by the Mexican diplomats.
The wish for birth certificates was part of a dominant theme at this year’s annual visit from the Mexican Consulate — uncertainty.
BRANDON — It was 82 degrees in Mumbai, India, on a recent Monday, and it was 12 degrees in Brandon, Vt. To say that Brandon is the polar opposite of Mumbai would be a pun and a truth.
So, why would a 21-year-old college student from Mumbai want to spend three weeks in Brandon?
“I’d never seen snow,” Tanvi Lonkar explained.
It has snowed several times since she arrived in Brandon, and Lonkar is thrilled.
ORWELL — According to John Chiles, Orwell Glass’s owner and chief glassblower, the newest and coolest thing to videotape on a GoPro is molten glass.
Chiles leads glassblowing workshops throughout the year at Orwell Glass’s space at the Maritime Museum in Orwell. The workshops are open to anyone with a curiosity about the craft. Many of these curious folk are children.
GOSHEN — It’s mid-December and the catalog avalanche is continuing unabated, not only in my physical mailbox, but also in its electronic equivalent.
In the commercial world I am surely marked as an avid gardener! So now whole catalogs, devoted to clever tools and gadgets designed to solve any garden problem one might ever encounter, arrive around now, to be followed in January by plenty of seed catalogs, with their tantalizing pictures of unblemished peppers and frilly lettuces.
ADDISON — As things returned to normal last week for the Tri-Town Water District and its customers in Addison, Bridport and Shoreham, district officials continued to plan on how better to respond to emergency situations like those that led to the district’s Dec. 18 boil-water order, while state officials prepared to inspect the district plant and evaluate Tri-Town’s response.