May 23rd, 2016
ORWELL — The birds of spring are the focus of the annual Early Bird Nature Walk on Saturday, May 28, at 8 a.m., at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. Bird expert Sue Wetmore of Brandon leads the walk to help birders find and identify these birds.
Many birds fly through the Lake Champlain corridor on their way to their summer homes. Participants might see anything from the smallest birds to a majestic bald eagle. Every year the group tries to spot and add a new species to the list of birds seen on Mount Independence.
VERGENNES — Forty-five members of the Vergennes American Legion Post 14 were present at a recent meeting to elect Ralph Wenzel to the position of Post Commander.
Commander-elect Wenzel has served the Post for the past several years as sergeant-at-arms and has had many funerals for past Legion members. Wenzel has been a member of the Vergennes Post for 20 years.
VERGENNES — Every year, each high school in the United States may choose one sophomore to represent them at their state’s Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) leadership conference. This year, Vergennes Union High School’s HOBY ambassador is Anneka Boelens.
CORNWALL — UD-3 school board Chairman Peter Conlon confirmed on Thursday that he will run for the Addison-2 seat in the Vermont House soon to be vacated by Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton.
As previously reported in the Independent, Jewett — the former House majority leader — has decided to retire after 14 years representing the single-seat district that includes Cornwall, Ripton, Leicester, Salisbury, Goshen and Hancock.
BRISTOL — After 16 months of negotiations, the teachers of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union have a contract.
What began as a fractious and drawn-out negotiation that twice threatened to dead end — first at an officially declared impasse, then at a call for a fact-finding hearing — has resolved with a teacher salary increase of 3.25 percent for this year and the next.
We noticed the first robin in our yard this year in early March. Normally these famous spring harbingers, who move in comically stilted hops across our front lawn, don’t show up until at least April Fool’s Day. Their earlier-than-usual arrival made me wonder how robins decide to begin a spring migration.
MIDDLEBURY — The word of the day today, class, is “D.”
As in “diminutive” and “dynamo.”
Two words that only begin to describe longtime Mary Hogan Elementary School teacher Marion Leonard.
BRANDON — For more than half of Friday’s home game vs. Division I power Mount Anthony, the D-II Otter Valley softball team more than held its own.
The Otters did allow the 13-1 Patriots to score two unearned runs in the second and one run on two hits in the third, but rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.