February 20th, 2017
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council heard from Alderman Matt Chabot at their Feb. 14 meeting that the pedestrian task force of which he is a member will have recommendations for council members to consider at their next meeting.
Those could include flashing pedestrian lights at three crosswalks, and also at least a trial run suggested by Burlington nonprofit Local Motion to evaluate the impact on traffic of structural changes to streets such as narrowed lanes and bulbouts.
BRANDON —Brandon police set out to enforce the construction zone speed limit around the downtown Brandon culvert project last month, but they ended up ticketed even more drivers for using their cell phones than for speeding.
Brandon Police Chief Chris Brickell said that over four separate enforcement days in January, Brandon police issued 43 citations to drivers who were observed violating Vermont’s Hands Free Cell Phone Law.
MIDDLEBURY — At a Tuesday evening meeting, members of the Middlebury selectboard unanimously endorsed the inclusion of $5,000 in next year’s capital improvement budget to begin protecting the town from an inevitable incursion from the emerald ash borer, a voracious beetle that attacks ash trees.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District (ACSD) is reaching out to its students and their families, asking how the district could open up better lines of communication to make sure all stakeholders are better informed about goings-on and educational programming.
To that end, the district is administering a survey to parents and students asking them if they feel adequately informed through current ACSD outreach, of if they think improvements are in order.
MIDDLEBURY — “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
This popular quote by Pablo Picasso reminds us of the strength in imagination and the innate creativity of every child. Art education fulfills the important role in our schools of fostering this strength and teaching students the value of the arts and creative thinking. Behind every established artist was once a voice that inspired them to keep on creating and to build upon their artistic skills.
MIDDLEBURY — A new exhibit is on display at the Vermont Folklife Center. “Re-imagine the Braided Rug,” featuring the work of West Fairlee rug braider Delsie Hoyt, went up on Feb. 4 and will be up through April 29.
BRANDON — Artists often focus on the elegance and beauty of plants and flowers, depicting them in a spectrum from abstraction to the minute, scientific detail of botanical illustration. Through the centuries, botanical art has combined precise observation of plant life with the balance and beauty of original compositions. “Prelude to Spring: Botanical Art in Vermont,” a new and distinctly different exhibit, opens at the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon on Friday, Feb. 17.
VERGENNES — The Seth Warner - Rhoda Farrand Chapter of the DAR hosted a lunch for local Vietnam Veterans on Feb. 4 at Vergennes American Legion Post 14. The chapter is a partner with the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Committee. Fifteen veterans attended this year, seven of whom were first timers.