June 8th, 2015
MONKTON — Fifth-grader George Collette’s entreaty to come see the science experiment waiting outside the Monkton Central School gymnasium this past Thursday afternoon was hard to turn down.
“Have you ever seen a marshmallow fly?” he asked.
Outside on the pavement, he and his team scrambled to ready their contraption. Using a bicycle pump, a length of PVC tubing and lots of tape, they used air pressure from the pump to launch marshmallows, as well as their favorite projectiles — wadded tissues soaked in water.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School Principal Gaynell Lyman is leaving her position after only one year in order to accept a job with Advanced Learning Partnerships (ALP), a consulting agency that helps schools nationwide adopt technology plans and teaching innovations.
We have all seen pictures in garden magazines of stunning flower beds full of gorgeous plants, and these same magazines often have useful design suggestions about how to choose and combine these plants in pleasing ways.
MIDDLEBURY — The owners of the Appalachian Gap Distillery are proposing to triple its 2,000-square-foot headquarters at 88 Mainelli Road in Middlebury’s industrial park. The addition would give the growing business additional warehouse space to house its whiskey barrels, more room for grain storage and a larger tasting room, and would allow for installation of a bottling line.
The additional space will help the distillery ramp up production of its growing line of whiskey, rum and tequila — spirits that are growing in popularity.
BRANDON — When most people die they leave a house and get a headstone to mark themselves in remembrance. Jack McKernon left hundreds of buildings all over Vermont: farmhouses, carriage houses, camps and barns, all meticulously redeemed to their former glory, or better.
McKernon died at his home in Rochester on May 28 at the age of 78. A man with a deep love for New England architecture and the finer things in life, McKernon changed the way Brandon looked, for the better as well.
FERRISBURGH — Brace Farm Inc. off Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh is slated for $94,000 in lifetime savings — a direct result of making energy efficiency business improvements by working with Reed’s Equipment in Vergennes and Efficiency Vermont. The 58,300 kWh in annual electricity savings showed a direct cost benefit in the first year, saving the farm $7,600 by implementing a series of energy efficiency projects.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board is seeking a local citizen to serve on an eight-member search committee for an interim principal for the school.
Current Prinial Gaynell Lyman resigned to take a different job in education.
BRISTOL — Get ready to oil up the chain, strap on the helmet and stretch those legs (and that stomach), because the eighth annual Tour de Farms is presenting the first-ever Five Town Ride on Saturday, Sept. 26. The 35-mile tour will start at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol and end at the Bristol Harvest Festival on the Bristol town green.