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Orwell to hold revote on school governance

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell school officials are projecting a June revote on the question of whether the community should join five Rutland County towns in forming a “Slate Valley Unified Union School District” that would be governed by a single board presiding over a global education budget for all of the schools in the new union.

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Orwell to revote Act 46 unification after petition is filed

Posted on May 9, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Orwell residents will get another chance to weigh in on their town’s possible participation in a Slate Valley Unified Union School District, as a result of a citizens’ petition received by the Orwell Town Clerk on Friday, May 6.

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Mount Independence walk to be offered May 7

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Mount Independence State Historic site in Orwell on Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m., will host a special guided walk on and off the trails to explore Revolutionary War military strategy and some of the remains of the defensive works from 1776 and 1777 that are most visible in spring before full leaf. 

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Wildflower walk, talk to be held in Orwell on April 24

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Mount Independence springs into spring with the annual guided wildflower walk on Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m. at the State Historic Site in Orwell. Amy Olmsted, a nursery professional for more than 20 years, leads this informative program. Olmsted is a horticulturist with Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol.

This is the first program of the 2016 season, a year when the Mount Independence State Historic Site celebrates the 50th anniversary of its trail system and the 240th anniversary of the start of American construction of this major Revolutionary War defense.

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Orwell vote stops unification in Addison-Rutland district

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday voted 211 to 121 against joining five Rutland County communities in forming a “Slate Valley Unified Union School District” that would have been governed by a single board presiding over a global education budget for all of the schools in the new union.

“A pretty strong message was sent,” Orwell’s Alyson Eastman, chairwoman of the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union’s Act 46 Study Committee, said on Wednesday of her community’s vote on the issue.

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Orwell-area schools vote on unification plan

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell and the five other Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union (ARSU) communities will decide on April 12 whether to consolidate their school governance system into a single board that will oversee one education budget for its five elementary schools and Fair Haven Union High School.

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2016 Orwell Town Meeting Wrap Up

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Officials in Orwell expected a lot more discussion on a proposal to spend $160,000 on a new town truck than they got at Tuesday morning’s town meeting. But after folks asked a few questions about whether the old one could be fixed (too expensive, they were told) and if townspeople would be called on in the next year or two to put some money into vehicle replacement for the fire department or rescue squad (yes, that is quite likely), they approved the special allocation for a tandem dump truck to replace an 11-year-old truck currently used by the Orwell road crew.

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2016 Orwell Town Meeting Preview

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Town officials in Orwell shouldn’t have to field a lot of questions about the municipal budget proposal they are putting before voters at town meeting next Tuesday morning, but another item on the town meeting warning will likely draw a good deal of discussion.

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Orwell town clerk passes the torch

Posted on February 22, 2016 |
By Evan Johnson



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ORWELL — For the first time in two decades, Orwell residents on Town Meeting Day will elect a town clerk who is not named Susan Ann Arnebold.

Arnebold announced her decision to resign from her post as Orwell town clerk this past November, and on March 1 Orwell voters will elect her successor.

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Sixth-generation farmer has agriculture in his blood

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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Editor’s note: In this past Monday’s edition we featured a story on a local dairyman who is using a newer technique called no-till farming. Here we present a picture of the farmer himself.

By GAEN MURPHREE

ORWELL — Brad Thomas walks around a field on his Jillian Acres farm off Route 73 West in Orwell, showing some visitors the cover crop he has planted on some of hay fields. Thomas milks cows and farms 465 acres in Orwell and 225 in Rutland County.

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