February 1st, 2016
SHOREHAM — What would it mean if Shoreham residents voted to join in with other towns in the Addison Central Supervisory Union in a unified school district as proscribed by Act 46?
Shoreham residents are invited to come find out and ask questions this Thursday morning at an event called “Shoreham Community Forum: School District Unification Act 46.”
The forum will take place at Platt Memorial Library beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4.
ADDISON — The Addison Central School board on Jan. 21 adopted a $1,606,375 spending proposal for the 2016-2017 school year that, if approved on Town Meeting Day, would make few changes to school’s program and would raise spending by 4.12 percent, or about $63,000.
That increase is almost entirely driven by an expected hike of roughly 8 percent in health insurance benefits and contracted raises, said Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning this week.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center will moderate a panel discussion, “Three Artists in the Working Forest: Conversation on Art, Documentary, and Representation with Kathleen Kolb, Verandah Porche, and George Bellerose,” on Friday, Feb. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Vision & Voice Gallery in Middlebury.
The panel conversation and Q&A session will seek to illuminate how these three working artists approach the representation of their subjects from the vantage point of artistic creators, storytellers and ethnographers.
SHOREHAM — Shoreham’s Friends of the Platt Memorial Library will host its fourth annual Benefit Concert and Maple Dessert Contest on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Music will be performed by Nelson Bandella. Brother and sister duo Ethan and Emily Nelson of Brandon will rock the library with their own special brand of folky Americana.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center late Friday announced a series of staff changes and management restructuring that eliminated a total of nine employees, mostly in the 12 physician practices owned and operated by Porter.
Management, clinical and clerical positions were affected by these changes, including seven at the doctors’ offices and two in the hospital proper. No jobs at the Helen Porter nursing home were cut.
Porter Medical Center employs a total of 780 people.
BRISTOL — SchoolHack Solutions of Bristol announces the hiring of Ed McGuire to its management team of educational professionals. The company is currently offering its LiFT personalized learning platform to schools throughout the country.
NEW HAVEN — A recent vote on the proposal to build a large converter station to accommodate a 400-megawatt power line that would bring renewable energy through New Haven revealed a selectboard divided in its assessments of the project’s pros and cons.
The Vermont Green Line project would bring New Haven roughly $1 million annually and a number of other enticements, according to developers’ pitch to the town last December.
This week’s writers are Ruth Hardy and Suzanne Buck, co-chairs of the Addison Central Supervisory Union Charter Committee.