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June 12th, 2014
FERRISBURGH — As Rokeby Museum Director Jane Williamson researched artist Rachael Robinson Elmer, who grew up at the Rokeby homestead in the late 1800s, she read of a mysterious painting. The depiction of New York’s City Hall painted in the Impressionist style had been rejected from a series Elmer created for a group of 12 postcards in the early 1900s, and it had not been seen since.
What Williamson didn’t expect was to find the very painting in the Rokeby archives, where it had been nestled since Elmer’s death in 1919.
BRISTOL/MIDDLEBURY — As a student at Middlebury College, Gertrude Lathrop helped pay tuition by working as a waitress and house cleaner.
“Jobs were scarce,” she recalled in a recent interview at her home in Bristol.
The state of the job market should not be surprising, since Lathrop attended the college from 1930 to 1934, the height of the Great Depression.
BRANDON — Nearly 100 young women and men passed another milestone during a warm Saturday morning in Brandon this past weekend. Otter Valley Union High School conferred diplomas on 97 members of the class of 2014 in a ceremony that was both touching and rousing.
BRISTOL — In a muggy Holley Hall Monday evening, dozens of Bristol residents and members of the Bristol Fire Department discussed a proposal to build a new firehouse on West Street.
The site choice, as selected by the Fire Facility Site Selection Committee, is the culmination of more than a year of vetting.
“It’s been tough for us to figure out what the best site was for the town, but we think the (West Street) site is best,” committee member Shawn Oxford said.
MIDDLEBURY — At their Tuesday meeting, the Middlebury selectboard unanimously agreed to support the effort by the social services agency Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) to secure state grants to help perpetuate the local cold weather shelter.
HOPE and leaders of the Charter House Coalition planned the shelter, which the Memorial Baptist Church hosted this past winter.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury College course in economics has enlightened more than a dozen students on the subject of philanthropy and paid some nice financial dividends for a local nonprofit that serves Addison County residents in need of food, shelter and clothing.
There has been a lot of attention lately to rising education costs and how we fund education in Vermont. This is one of the most pressing issues we face. Our costs per student are one of the highest in the nation and our property taxes continue to increase beyond our capacity to pay. One indicator of the problem is that a record number of school budgets failed to pass on Town Meeting Day this year.
Quality education and the economy
MIDDLEBURY — In the end, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse team had to settle for an honorable bronze medal in Division I this spring.
On Tuesday, top-seeded host Champlain Valley ended the Tigers’ season with a decisive 16-6 victory in a D-I semifinal, and the 16-1 Redhawks advanced to a weekend final against No. 2 South Burlington (15-2).