June 1st, 2015
If you missed the recent release of U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the top high schools across the nation, you missed that Stowe High School was rankedNo. 1 in Vermont and No. 296 in the nation.
You also missed that the rankings considered standardized test scores, college readiness and teacher-student ratios as the criteria for the magazine’s selection. Fifteen high schools in Vermont were ranked as Silver Medal schools. Stowe, with 399 students, was the only Vermont school to receive a Gold-Medal ranking.
I recently read with interest some of the “public” comments regarding proposed Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) safety improvements at Middlebury State Airport (“Neighbors pan airport expansion proposal,” Addison Independent, Monday, May 25, 2015).
Adapted from a poem by Kathy Chencharik in Green Living
They’d like to expand the airport
right in your neighborhood.
They’ll do it in the name of safety
and for the common good.
There’s been but one accident,
completely unrelated to the runway’s size.
But when someone dangles money,
you know others will be after the prize.
This expansion is sorely needed
BURLINGTON — “BERRR-NIE, BERRR-NIE, BERRR-NIE,” roared the enthusiastic, hometown crowd of 5,000 supporters as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., took the stage late Tuesday afternoon at Burlington’s Waterfront Park to kick off his presidential campaign.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board has made final its third budget proposal for the 2015-2016 school year — a $10,258,933 spending plan — to place before Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on June 9.
The board at a meeting Saturday morning agreed with ANwSU and VUHS administrators to cut $55,000 from the plan defeated by 722-676, or 46 votes, on May 5.
MIDDLEBURY — As Washington, D.C., native Kate McCreary walked to receive her college diploma on Sunday, she breathed a sigh.
“I was kind of relieved, both to have a college diploma and also to have the graduation over so I can sleep a little bit,” the freshly minted Middlebury College alum said. “I feel celebratory and excited! It didn’t really make me sad.”
GOSHEN — As you read this, be it at 7 a.m. or 11 p.m. or 2 a.m., a few “dedicated” souls are out running laps on a figure-8 course comprised of 26.4 miles of rocky, muddy, undulating trails in the Moosamaloo Wilderness. They’ve been running since 8:08 a.m. last Thursday, when 10 members of the newly formed Endurance Society crossed the start of Infinitus, an 888-kilometer (551.7 mile), 10-day trail race dreamed up by Vermonters Andy Weinberg and Jack Cary.