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April 22nd, 2010
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School’s non-union support staff and members of the high school board clashed on Tuesday night over a tender subject: salary and benefit negotiations.
The conversation came after the Mount Abe board, in a rare move, decided to suspend the rules at its board meeting on Tuesday evening to openly discuss a topic normally left behind closed doors.
So far, the school board is pushing for no increase in salaries for the non-union staff, and has also indicated an interest in raising health insurance co-pays from 4 to 10 percent.
BRIDPORT — For centuries, vessels of various sizes and speeds have used the surface of Lake Champlain as a vital conduit to get goods delivered to Canada, Vermont and New York.
STARKSBORO — Starksboro resident Katy Blue jokes that her plan to cycle across the country this summer is a “turning 40” thing.
But for Blue, who is, yes, 40, the ambitious adventure to ride alone from Vermont to Seattle is more than a mid-life whim: The cross-country trek makes good on Blue’s long-time dream to see the country, and serves as a tribute to Blue’s father, Bob Blue, who died in 2006 after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis, or MS.
After her father’s death, Blue found herself devastated — and angry.
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County District Court jury this week is scheduled to decide the fate of a Goshen man accused one year ago of shooting and wounding the estranged husband of a woman with whom he had become involved.
The jury on Thursday, April 22, was set to begin hearing the case of Jeffrey H. Young, 41, of Goshen, who on April 8, 2009, was alleged to have shot a man twice — once in each foot — during a confrontation on Dutton Brook Road in Goshen.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board on Tuesday decided to solicit bids from outside food service vendors as the board continues to weigh its choices for overhauling the school’s cafeteria system.
Board chair Lanny Smith said that sending the project out to bid doesn’t mean the board will necessarily choose an outside company to run the school’s food service program, but simply leaves that option open for next year.
SHOREHAM — A group of Shoreham residents is hoping to plant the seeds for a new building that would rise from the ashes of the former Newton Academy site off School Street.
Newton Academy, which had been the state’s oldest standing secondary school building, burned on April 7 after being struck by lightning. A citizens’ group had been raising funds to restore the 1810 academy building for use as a community center and to potentially host Shoreham’s municipal offices.
BRISTOL — A group of movement and art teachers in Bristol are collaborating on a new, multi-purpose studio center on Main Street. Their goal: to provide space for everything from watercolor painting to yoga and dance classes under one roof.
The fruit of their labor — Open Sky Studio — opened earlier this month on Main Street in a brightly lit, 1,000-square-foot space above Cubber’s Restaurant.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials this week scheduled two more informational meetings for before the petitioned May 11 revotes in Vergennes and Addison of whether ANwSU should change to a one-board governance system.
Members of the ANwSU board will be on hand to answer questions on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Vergennes Union High School library, and on Wednesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at Addison Central School.