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June 29th, 2015
BRANDON — In a rare move and after a marathon executive session that saw midnight come and go, the boards of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and the Brandon School District voted in the early hours of June 18 to impose a contract with paraprofessionals and bus drivers after negotiations failed.
The boards and the National Education Association-Vermont Paraprofessional and Bus Unit have been negotiating the contract for 18 months. The sticking point has been salary increase percentages and health care contributions.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union employees were packing boxes and lugging office furniture and equipment from Green Street up Main Street late last week as they were completing the district’s long-awaited move to new office space in the Kennedy Brothers building.
ANwSU officials had signed a lease to move from the Cornerstone Building on Green Street in June 2014, a move that will save the district $11,800 a year for comparably sized space in Kennedy Brothers.
MIDDLEBURY — Austin Burnett, a 21-year-old Middlebury man, pleaded innocent on June 19 in Chittenden Superior Court, criminal division, to three felony counts of sexual assault without consent, in connection with alleged encounters he had with three separate teenage girls during the past two years.
The charges are the culmination of three separate investigations: One by Det. Lt. Ruth Whitney of the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations, and two by Det. Kris Bowdish of the Middlebury Police Department.
CASTLETON — The following are students were recognized for academic achievement at Castleton College for the spring 2015 semester.
Casey Briggs of Starksboro, Karen Chandler of Bristol, Erin Greene of Bristol, Rachel Howlett of Bridport, Jenifer Leary of Brandon, Amber Leavitt of Bristol, Nicholas Masterson of Middlebury, Jorah McKinley of Rochester, Hollie Nop of Middlebury, Cassandra Papandrea of Orwell, Danielle Payton of Whiting, Kelsey Scarborough of Brandon and Matthew Smela of Cornwall.
MIDDLEBURY — The Turrell Fund presented its 20th annual S. Whitney Landon Award to the Mary Johnson Children’s Center of Middlebury for their program “RFD” (“Rural Fun Delivery”). The award included an unrestricted grant of $25,000. Two other grants in the amount of $2,500 were granted to VSA Vermont and Greater Burlington YMCA.
The Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green celebrates its 37th anniversary season during the week of July 5 through 11 at the Middlebury Recreation Park just south of the village center. The festival kicks off this Sunday at 7 p.m. with Caroline Rose, a rare mix of Northern grit and Southern charm whose musical influences trace back to her family’s Southern roots, running deep into the heart of Mississippi.
VERGENNES — Seventeen Vergennes Champs swimmers won individual races and Champ relay teams prevailed in 12 of 15 contested relays as their team coasted past visiting Winooski, 315-130, in Thursday Champlain Valley Swim League action.
Eight Champs won multiple individual events as their team evened its record at 1-1 after the first week of meets.
Four of those swimmers prevailed three times each: Ethan Croke in 8-year-old-and-under events, Erich Reitz in U-12 races, and Olivia Hawkins and Max Ratti-Bicknell in U-18 events.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Champlain Valley Swim League title contender Racquet’s Edge won 15 of 20 relay events on the way to a 348-142 victory over the Middlebury Marlins this past Thursday at the Middlebury town pool.
Edge improved to 2-0 by completing an opening week sweep of Addison County’s teams (they beat the Vergennes Champs on Tuesday), while the Marlins dropped to 1-1.
Marlin swimmers won seven individual races, three of them by Ellie Ross in 12-and-under girls’ events.