February 14th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) will soon be in the market for a new superintendent.
The ACSU board on Wednesday, Feb. 9, voted 22-2 against renewing or extending the contract of current Superintendent Lee Sease, a move that will end his employment with the district on June 30.
It is a vote ACSU directors made after a lengthy closed-door meeting and affirms a decision the board made back in April of last year.
MIDDLEBURY — Communication is again flowing between town officials and a local family that is seeking to rekindle a small-scale hydroelectric operation at the Otter Creek Falls in downtown Middlebury.
MONKTON — Officials in Monkton are taking a new look at how to solve the problem of lack of space in the town offices while also making for a roomier town library. They will discuss their plans and seek feedback at a meeting this Thursday evening.
ADDISON — A lively Feb. 8 Addison Central School (ACS) forum on one-board governance of Addison Northwest Supervisory Union aired both unification’s potential benefits for Addison and the objections some residents there have about the plan.
The fate of the proposed 12-member board that would own and operate the four ANwSU schools may ride on voting in Addison on March 1. All five ANwSU towns must vote yes if the proposal is to succeed.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Feb. 8 unanimously adopted a city ordinance that allows Vergennes police to write civil tickets for the possession of drug paraphernalia.
Unless a petition arises to challenge the law within 44 days from the date of adoption, it will take effect 60 days from this past Tuesday.
Vergennes police will be able to issue a $100 ticket to anyone found in possession of equipment used to inhale, ingest, produce or cultivate illegal drugs.
MONKTON — Students at Monkton Central School recently got a special treat: Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, an author from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, came by to do writing workshops with the students and judge the William C. Shattuck Farming in Monkton writing contest.
Contest founders Eugenie Doyle and Sam Burr run Last Resort Farm in Monkton on land that they purchased from Bill Shattuck. His family had owned the land for 150 years before he sold it, and after his death, Doyle said she and her husband wanted to find a way to memorialize him.
VERGENNES — The Mount Abraham Union High School on Thursday rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to win at rival Vergennes, 47-41.
The scoring of freshman guard Ashlie Fay (10 of her team-high 16 points in the final period) and the passing and defense of senior guard Jenn Loyer (nine points, seven assists, eight steals) sparked the Eagles’ 20-5 fourth-quarter margin.
Tik Root and Robert Joyce, students studying at Middlebury College's school in Alexandria, explored the city on Jan. 28 and 29, just before being evacuated. They captured the pro-democracy protests and clashes between police and protesters.
Read their story here, then read about how people in Addison County are keeping up with events on the ground in Egypt here.