November 3rd, 2011
Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of articles focusing on the changing role of information technology in various sectors. The series looks beyond the push for universal broadband, asking how Internet access and the advances of technology are changing life in Addison County.
ADDISON COUNTY — College lectures that take place anywhere, any time on YouTube? A history class graded based on student-built electronic games rather than papers? An app that functions as a course textbook?
BRISTOL — Teachers in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union, who threatened to strike last February before accepting a short-term contract imposed by the ANeSU school board, have taken contract negotiations to the next level.
The Addison Northeast Education Association teachers union, known as the ANEDA, last week called for an impasse in the negotiations, which essentially means the union feels a third-party mediator is necessary.
NEW HAVEN — Little did John Palmer realize in the early ’80s that his daughter’s 4-H project, raising 20 turkeys from the basement of the family’s Monkton home, would grow into one of the state’s leading poultry operations.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) board on Nov. 9 will vote on an updated regional plan that includes a complete re-write of the natural resources section.
The county’s regional plan is designed to be a forward thinking document charting transportation, housing, natural resources, economic, land use and utilities/facilities priorities. By state statute, the document must be revised every eight years. Until recently, it was every five years.
SALSIBURY — Salisbury residents have given their municipal planners some food for thought as they prepare revisions to the community’s town plan.
The Salisbury Planning Commission is currently interpreting the results of a town-wide survey that sought residents’ opinions on issues ranging from the future of the municipal landfill to the health of Lake Dunmore.
PANTON — Over the past 17 years many Panton residents have sat on the town’s selectboard, while town debates have focused on how to fund needed work on Panton Town Hall, how to word new town plans and zoning laws, and how to get a handle on rising tax rates.
But there has been one constant during those years: Sue Torrey has served as Panton Town Clerk and greeted residents and other visitors in the office nestled in the town hall basement.
MIDDLEBURY — A family seeking to install a small-scale hydroelectric project at Middlebury’s Otter Creek falls has won permission to take advantage of a streamlined federal review of the plan and is looking for investors to help finance eventual construction.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 200 area residents laced up their sneakers and filled up sponsor sheets for what was a record-setting Addison County Crop Hunger Walk on Oct. 2, an event that raised $24,705 for programs to feed the hungry.
The 34th annual Crop Hunger Walk was organized by Addison County clergy and culminated in a 2.2-mile jaunt through Middlebury on what was a fairly chilly, rainy day.