March 22nd, 2010
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents continue to mourn the passing of one of their community’s most dedicated volunteers, Wilson MacIntire, whose many good works included establishment of municipal tennis courts and the ongoing renovation of Newton Academy.
“It is a big loss for the town of Shoreham,” said Deb Kelly, who with MacIntire spearheaded construction of the two outdoor tennis courts installed behind Shoreham Elementary School in 2007.
MacIntire, 75, died at his home on Main Street on March 14.
MIDDLEBURY — There’s an old saying that “money talks, but chocolate sings.” If that’s the case, folks this spring are likely to be beating a melodious path to downtown Middlebury and a new chocolate and coffee shop that will soon be served up by Stephanie and Andy Jackson.
“Middlebury Chocolates” is currently taking shape in the Holm building next to the Battell Bridge and Otter Creek Falls, in a portion of space formerly occupied by the Town Hall Theater administrative offices.
Montpelier should be trying to make the education tax system simpler and fairer. Instead, in the haste to cut General Fund spending, Gov. Jim Douglas would make it more complicated and less fair—increasing taxes on middle-income Vermonters and lowering them on those with higher incomes. Sound crazy? It is.
Most Vermonters agree that the fairest tax is one based on the taxpayer’s ability to pay: a family’s school tax obligation should go up or down along with its income.
MIDDLEBURY — There was not an empty seat in the meeting room of the Ilsley Public Library on Tuesday night, and everyone in the room had something to say about horses.
It was the first meeting of the Equine Welfare Council, and veterinarians, farriers, horse owners and members of Vermont organizations dedicated to the humane treatment of animals had gathered from all over Addison County and as far away as Brattleboro and Chelsea.
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team took what its players and coach believe is a major step forward with a 12-5 pummeling of visiting Wesleyan, which often rivals the Panthers for the NESCAC title.
In improving the 3-0, the Panthers continued to play stingy defense — they have just allowed 16 goals so far in this young season — and get outstanding work from junior goalie Ryan Deane (14 saves vs. the 3-3 Cardinals).
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“Where are your kids from?”
When you are a pale-skinned mom with two brown-skinned children, you get asked this question on a surprisingly frequent basis in casual conversations in all kinds of settings. In adoption circles, we refer to these people as “supermarket strangers,” people who don’t know us or our children but ask rather invasive and personal questions without much preamble.
BRIDPORT/BRANDON — Administrators at Bridport Central School and Otter Valley Union High School breathed a collective sigh of relief on Tuesday after the Vermont Department of Education removed the schools from a list of Vermont’s 10 persistently lowest achieving schools.
The schools were initially tagged for the list in a memo released last week, but state education officials on Tuesday said “human error” meant that two of the identified schools — Bridport and OV — were mistakenly included.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) Board next Wednesday will begin reviewing a new report detailing the district’s current resources, and the discussion could be the first step in exploring school board consolidation in the seven-town union.
It was last fall that that the ACSU board commissioned a $5,000 so-called “governance study,” contracted through the Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA). The VSBA ultimately picked Ray Proulx, a retired Vermont school superintendent, to perform the study.