June 3rd, 2013
CORNWALL — Angela McCluskey had grown tired of seeing her son Jonathan turn in for the night on the living room couch in their small apartment while she and her daughter Caitlin got to sleep in beds.
So McCluskey took what she believed was a long shot: She applied to become the owner of one of four new Habitat for Humanity homes to be built within a 13-acre subdivision off Cornwall’s Delong Road.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council last week got its first look at a draft 2013-2014 city budget, one that City Manager Mel Hawley prepared and said could mean the second increase since 2008 in the tax rate devoted solely to paying for municipal services.
Aldermen will make the final decision on the budget and the municipal portion of the tax rate by the end of June. That portion of the tax rate does not support school spending.
STARKSBORO — After more than two decades at Robinson Elementary School, art teacher Vera Ryersbach is retiring this month. She leaves quite a legacy behind — when Ryersbach came on board as a volunteer in 1989, Robinson was the last school in the Addison Northeast district that did not have an art teacher.
Opera review by NANCY MAXWELL
Note to self regarding reviewing Opera Company of Middlebury’s production of “Eugene Onegin”: Do NOT gush. Note to self: Forget note to self.
VERMONT — As summer heats up and the growing season is in full swing, groups around Vermont are stepping up their activism on an agricultural issue that is stirring up controversy around the state and around the world: genetically modified crops.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have deliberately modified DNA — scientists insert genetic material from other species to create a modified organism with different hormones, proteins or chemicals meant to do anything from repel insects to withstanding certain climates.
SHOREHAM — Shoreham has just started searching for a new leader for its school.
Shoreham’s search comes in wake of Principal Heather Best’s recent announcement that she will step down this month to accept a teaching position at the Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon.
VERGENNES — A policy asking Vergennes residents and visitors not to use tobacco on the city green or at the city pool and recreation area is on hold.
At the Vergennes City Council’s May 28 meeting, two aldermen were not sure they supported such a policy for the city green, and two other aldermen were absent. As a result, the council tabled until June 11 a policy for both the green and the recreation area near Vergennes Union Elementary School.