May 19th, 2016
LINCOLN — A biting cold wind and light specklings of May snow could not damper the enthusiasm of the 36 fifth- and sixth-graders of Lincoln Community School who watched their 143 hand-raised brook trout swim free in the New Haven River Monday afternoon. An admiring crowd of fellow students in kindergarten through fourth grade cheered them on.
The trout release was the culminating step in the students’ semester-long study of ecology, through the lens of brook trout as an indicator species.
MIDDLEBURY — As Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith looks at the tasks ahead for Vermont government, the candidate for lieutenant governor said one of the keys to future prosperity is giving young people more reasons to stay here.
BRISTOL — At its Tuesday night meeting, the Bristol Elementary School board named long-time educator and administrator Kevin Robinson the school’s next principal.
“We were really lucky to have two such strong candidates,” said board Chair Elin Melchior, speaking of Robinson and co-finalist Justin Bouvier. “The feedback from the different sessions that they did was very positive for both of them. They both presented very well.
BRANDON — Quietly and methodically, a local medical practice has begun treating Brandon opiate addicts.
Dr. George Fjeld, Dr. John Dick and Dr. Kim Kurak at the Brandon Medical Center secured the necessary licensing and funding to prescribe the opiate treatment drug Suboxone to addicts who are existing patients within the practice.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School will soon be led by one of its own graduates.
The UD-3 school board on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the hiring of Leicester resident and current Rutland Middle School Principal Kristin Holsman-Francoeur as the new top administrator for MUMS.
Starrin Ricupero lives in Vergennes with his wife Christina Canyio, whose favorite dish is Ricupero’s Brazilian Shrimp Stew. Ricupero was inspired by Brazil when he created this recipe over eight years ago, and has kept it a secret until today. “It was time to let it go,” Ricupero said in an interview last week.
BRANDON — A local historian’s two-year mission to make a film about a fascinating Brandon Civil War story will end Sunday with the premiere of the documentary at the Brandon Town Hall.
Former University of Vermont History Professor Kevin Thornton has invited the entire town of Brandon to the premiere of “Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story,” which will be shown at 7 p.m.
BRIDPORT — Not many organizations can claim to be the oldest of their kind in the United States. Then again, the 200-year-old Addison Bridport Detective Society is not like most organizations.
Begun on Dec. 16, 1816, when roughly two dozen men assembled in the barn of Alan Smith in Addison for its inaugural meeting, the Detective Society has met continuously every year since, making it the oldest association of private investigators in the country that still actively meets, according to Ed Mitcham, the society’s outgoing secretary.