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June 9th, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — Those who sensed that the first five months of this year were wetter than normal were correct. Precipitation at the Burlington International Airport so far in 2011 is 24.4 inches — almost double the 12.41 inches in a typical year.
“Last year was close to normal,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Neiles. “We were 0.32 inches below normal. Now we’re 11.99 inches above normal.”
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Usually, more water means more mosquitoes. But this record-breaking spring of rainfall has created so much water — particularly of the moving variety — that floodplain-borne mosquitoes have had a tough time multiplying, according to state and local insect-control officials.
MIDDLEBURY — Former Chittenden East Supervisory Union Superintendent Gail B. Conley will serve as interim leader of the Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) for the 2011-2012 academic year beginning on July 1.
Conley’s hiring, confirmed by ACSU board Chairman Mark Perrin on Tuesday, will partially fill what was looming as a substantial administrative vacuum in the district office created by the imminent departure of current ACSU Superintendent Lee Sease and the recent resignation of longtime Business Manager Sharon Stearns.
MIDDLEBURY — After more than two and a half decades of military service, Middlebury resident Brian Carpenter has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general by the U.S. Army. The U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination on May 26, making it 27 years to the day since he was first commissioned for service.
“It was a pretty exciting day,” said Carpenter, of the morning when he learned of his promotion.
ADDISON COUNTY — As floodwaters in Lake Champlain recede, groups across the state are paying close attention to water quality issues in Vermont’s largest body of water.
It’s already clear that phosphorous and sediment levels are high in the lake, and that flooding and high winds have caused a great deal of shoreline erosion, according to Bill Howland, manager of the Lake Champlain Basin Program in Grand Isle.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has elected to oppose a more streamlined federal review of a proposed small-scale hydroelectric project at the Otter Creek Falls, an action that organizers of the project said could kill the effort.
VERMONT — The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and Smart Growth Vermont (SGV) announced on Tuesday that they will be merging, in an effort to more efficiently and effectively promote land use and community development policies that best serve the state’s ecological, economic and social needs.
MIDDLEBURY — Frankie Dunleavy often tells her students that a foreign language is like a puzzle. It’s a puzzle that has already been created; it’s up to the student to put together the pieces.
Dunleavy has helped hundreds of students put together those pieces during her more than three decades as a language teacher at Middlebury Union High School.
She’s now ready for the next challenge. She’ll wrap up her last class at MUHS next week.
“It’s time to move on,” she said during a recent interview.