April 16th, 2012
MONTPELIER — Rising maple syrup production in Vermont is sending more sugarmakers across state lines seeking new buyers for their product.
Now, sugarmakers also are looking to Montpelier as legislators debate a bill that the Vermont Maple Sugarmaker’s Association says would make Vermont syrup more marketable on national and international markets. The bill, which passed the Senate and is now in the House Agriculture Committee, would change syrup labeling laws and establish a food safety certification program for sugarmakers.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Elementary School fourth-grader Kathryn Wyckoff has always loved to read, write and paint, and for the past year or so has worn a feather in her hair.
Thanks to those language and artistic skills, Kathryn now has a feather in her cap, too.
Kathryn, a 10-year-old Panton resident, just won a statewide student poster contest sponsored by the Federal Women’s Program Council of Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — On Wednesday, April 11, around 30 people voted unanimously in favor of a 2012-2013 spending plan of $6,144,811 for Mary Hogan Elementary School.
Bonnie Bourne, co-principal of the Middlebury school, said folks present at the ID-4 school district annual meeting asked a few clarifying questions about the budget before endorsing it by voice vote.
MIDDLEBURY — Joe McVeigh’s special talent is in teaching English, but he hasn’t been spending a lot of time lately in countries where that language is most widely spoken.
That’s because McVeigh’s English teaching skills, and the books he has co-authored on the subject, have taken him to more than 45 countries where people are eager to absorb a language that they see as a passport to success in business, education and cultural pursuits.
STUDIO CITY, Calif. — A Vergennes native competed on the popular daytime game show “The Price is Right” last week, and her appearance will be broadcast this coming Friday.
According to a Price is Right spokesperson, Theresa McDonough’s appearance will be broadcast at 11 a.m. this Friday on Channel 3.
What prizes McDonough, a former Vergennes Union High School student, may have won or whether she earned a shot at the program’s trademark “Showcase” are, of course, closely held secrets prior to the broadcast.
VERGENNES — At their April 10 meeting, Vergennes aldermen told homeowners affected by water problems in the Crosby Farms and Booska Court areas that the city had hired Middlebury’s Otter Creek Engineering to evaluate what needed to be done to cure drainage woes in the subdivision.
The water problems came to a head during the spring of 2011, when melt from heavy snows combined with steady rain to flood and badly damage eight basements, according to a group of homeowners who also met with aldermen in August.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on April 10 officially accepted the planning commission’s final draft of proposed new zoning and subdivision regulations, the product of months of work by planners.
Planning commission chairman Shannon Haggett said planners held a hearing on March 19 and tweaked their proposal based on testimony they heard there and on follow-up discussions among themselves.
ADDISON COUNTY — A group of high school students from Japan that recently visited Vermont learned not just about the cultural differences between their home country and the Green Mountain State, but also got some first-hand experience and education on how Vermonters are trying to integrate more local foods into their lives.
It was all under the Green Across the Pacific Environmental Leadership Exchange program, an international program, run by Shoreham resident Peter Lynch, which seeks to improve cultural and environmental awareness and cooperation.