April 10th, 2014
BRANDON — Rutland Northeast Superintendent John Castle is heading home.
The 49-year-old is leaving RNeSU in June for Newport’s North Country Supervisory Union, which encompasses Castle’s hometown. He will take the superintendent reins from Robert Kern, who is retiring after seven years.
Castle relocated from his hometown of Holland, Vt., five years ago to become the superintendent at RNeSU after longtime supervisory union head Bill Mathis retired in 2009.
VERGENNES — The Vermont Council on Rural Development and local sponsors are inviting all members of the Vergennes community to participate next Wednesday in a community meeting to set a path for the future and put forth a short list of projects to advance the community.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s rigorous standards for selecting and training its part-time police officers has placed the department in somewhat of a personnel pickle, according to its chief, and also stretched its budget.
Once trained, said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley, the part-time officers are being wooed by other law enforcement agencies to fill fulltime positions, to the extent that the Middlebury force currently has no part-timers on its roster of 14 officers.
MIDDLEBURY — Two-and-a-half-year-old Charlotte LaFayette McConnell is making stellar progress in her recovery from injuries sustained after being struck by an SUV on Weybridge Street on April 1, and a fundraising effort launched on her behalf had yielded more than $13,000 as the Addison Independent went to press on Wednesday.
MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center inducted 21 students into the National Technical Honor Society on Wednesday, March 19. The goal of the society is to see that deserving technical center students be recognized and that people of the community become aware of the talents and abilities of the young people and adults who choose technical education pathways to a successful future.
The primary reason to phase in the minimum wage hike in Vermont from $8.73 per hour to $10.10 per hour over three years—instead of rushing to that level by Jan. 1, 2015 as House bill H-552 mandates—is so Vermont businesses can gradually adjust to the 15 percent hike in labor expenses and are not put at a disadvantage with neighboring states.
That argument, and the big-picture narrative that goes along with it, seems lost on many members of the House.
When you read history it is easy to forget that the people you are eavesdropping on didn’t, for the most part, think of themselves as actors in a historical drama. They were just people going about their daily lives, trying to make their way in the world. They didn’t know that a major technological innovation was just a few years off, or a big war, or an economic depression, or a change in social mores.
In his 1922 poem “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land.”
I first read that in college, and the line never made sense to me, until this year. It perfectly describes the April we’ve been having. (Except, of course, for the lilacs. But the “dead land” part is spot on.)