March 23rd, 2015
STARKSBORO — Robinson Elementary School Principal Patrick Hartnett submitted his letter of resignation to the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union on March 6, indicating that he would step down at the end of the year. He also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to helm the Starksboro school for three years.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of Middlebury officials will gather at a now-vacant 77 Main St. site at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, to turn the first ceremonial spades of earth, thus beginning what will be a year-long effort to erect the community’s new municipal building.
Also this week, work crews will prepare for demolition of the former Middlebury American Legion building on Creek Road, a ramshackle structure that will be replaced by a new 11,500-square-foot recreation facility that will include a team-rooms addition for Middlebury Union high and middle schools.
STARKSBORO — Starksboro residents will be the fourth group of voters in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union to revote their school budget.
After a group of town residents last week submitted a petition to the school board to force a second vote on the Robinson Elementary School spending plan for the coming fiscal year, the board tentatively scheduled the revote to be held at a May 2 meeting.
FERRISBURGH — Light industry with a retail component, especially a value-added agricultural venture, could be the best use for the 34.91-acre parcel the town of Ferrisburgh owns at the intersection at Routes 7 and 22A. That was the message that Department of Housing and Community Development Commissioner Noelle MacKay gave the Ferrisburgh selectboard at a meeting this past Wednesday.
MIDDLEBURY — When it comes time for you to stand on a stage in front of a large audience under bright lights and spell words on demand, nine-year-old Alice Early of Middlebury has some advice.
“Keep calm and try to remember,” the St. Mary’s School fourth-grader told an interlocutor last Friday. “If it’s a tough word, sound it out, think of it and take a stab.”
MIDDLEBURY — It was during a warm July day last year that a grief-stricken, 10-year-old boy came into Porter Hospital clutching a coin-filled Ziploc baggie. He walked up to the front desk, handed the baggie to a volunteer, and simply walked out the door.
The volunteer took the money over to the hospital’s development office, where the mysterious $6.19 donation was counted and recorded. But the question remained — who gave the money and for what purpose was it to be used?
MIDDLEBURY — Lovers of Otter Creek Brewing Co.’s Black IPA, Copper Ale and Hop Session beers might want to buy and savor them while they can.
The Middlebury brewery is phasing out those year-round products in favor of two new brews, the company announced last week: Backseat Berner IPA and Over Easy.
Otter Creek marketing director Jed Nelson said the brewery’s several seasonal beers, like the firm overall, have been performing well.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team’s sixth straight victory came more easily than the previous five.
On Saturday, Coach Dave Campbell’s Panthers took a 6-0 lead over visiting Bowdoin in the first quarter and coasted to a 13-7 victory to improve to 6-1, 3-1 in NESCAC play. Middlebury’s only loss of the season was in the opening game to undefeated NCAA Division III and NESCAC champion Tufts.