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February 23rd, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Citing a lag in payroll deduction contributions and a variety of other charities to which residents are donating their limited philanthropic dollars, representatives of the United Way of Addison County are concerned about the organization’s ability to achieve its 2014 fund drive goal of banking $720,000 for local nonprofits.
VERGENNES — Bixby Memorial Library has committed to a long-term program of support for local writers and creative minds. This program includes two weekly writing workshops, a monthly movie club, and a guest writer’s lecture series. Each program is scheduled to be ongoing and is open to the public.
FERRISBURGH — Longtime Ferrisburgh selectboard chairwoman Loretta Lawrence last week informed her fellow board members that she had decided to resign from her leadership position, but that she will remain on the board. Lawrence has a year left on her current term.
VERGENNES — One race on the Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot offers a rematch of a 2012 contest decided by a single vote: Former multi-term incumbent Vergennes Union Elementary School board director Cheryl Brinkman is challenging incumbent Susan Ferland, the woman who unseated her three years ago, 329-328.
This time around, both are seeking a three-year term on the VUES board. A two-year term on the VUES board is also coming open, with Sue Rakowski running unopposed for that seat.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on April 8 will vote on a proposed Mary Hogan Elementary School spending plan of $6,775,965 for the coming fiscal year. That figure represents a 1.94-percent increase over the current spending plan.
The budget would enable Mary Hogan Elementary to maintain its current staffing and programs and also boost the amount of assistance it receives from the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) to work with students who have behavioral problems, according to Principal Tom Buzzell.
MIDDLEBURY — Eighteen years ago, Middlebury College biology and environmental studies professor Stephen Trombulak bemoaned the fact that there wasn’t a book that aptly described the ecological history of Vermont and how humans have affected it.
Across campus, political science and environmental studies professor Christopher McGrory Klyza fretted that he didn’t have a Vermont-relevant text to assign the students in his first-year seminar.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) at its Jan. 29 annual meeting honored Mike Rainville, owner and founder of Maple Landmark Woodcraft (MLW), with the 2014 VWMA Woodworker of the Year Award.
ADDISON COUNTY — The FFA chapters in Vergennes and Middlebury, Vt., are celebrating National FFA Week, Feb. 21-28. This year’s theme is “Go All Out!” and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future.
FFA (formally Future Farmers of America) is a national organization founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. The FFA helps young people develop career, leadership and life skills through agricultural education.