ADDISON COUNTY — The Watershed Center, a nonprofit conservation group that maintains hundreds of acres of wilderness, mostly in northwestern Bristol but also in New Haven, held its annual meeting March 16 to plan its agenda and public events for the coming year, including a spring celebration and a birding outing.
The group promotes conservation practices and holds regular events on its two tracts of land for residents and school groups.
BRISTOL — An expanding food program at Bristol Elementary School will give more children access to healthy food during the week, and also on weekends.
The initiative, called “Bites in a Bag,” is a partnership between the Bristol Have-A-Heart Food Shelf, the Bristol Elementary food service staff and parent volunteers.
The group sends students home at the end of each week with a snack bag stocked with foods such as cheese sticks, yogurt, popcorn, fruits and vegetables.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Board of Trustees has approved a tuition increase of 2.5 percent to $45,637 for the 2014–2015 academic year. This is the fifth consecutive year that Middlebury College has limited the increase in tuition to 1 percentage point above inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI increased by 1.5 percent in 2013.
MIDDLEBURY — A former Vergennes man will serve a prison term of 20 years to life in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old Addison County girl back in November of 2012.
Addison County Superior Court Judge Robert Mello passed the sentence on Leo Pratt, 46, following an extensive hearing at the Addison County Courthouse on Thursday, March 27. Pratt was convicted of the charge of aggravated sexual assault in October, a trial that Judge Mello presided over in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, last October.
MIDDLEBURY — Ginger Lambert will conduct a workshop called “Poetic Methods of Memorization” on Tuesday, April 1, from 7-8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Ilsley Public library in Middlebury.
Lambert was recently published in the March edition of Vermont Maturity magazine. The article, “Some Very Good Reasons to Memorize Poetry,” describes the benefits of learning a poem by heart.
VERGENNES — Little City Players, the community theater group based at the historic Vergennes Opera House, will be presenting its first-ever production of a work by William Shakespeare April 4-6.
MIDDLEBURY — Green Mountain Care Board member Dr. Allan Ramsay urged Addison County’s medical community to be patient as the state transitions to a new health care system that he acknowledged will be fraught with change and challenges.
“One of the things I’ve learned intensely over the past two years is that change is very hard,” Ramsay said at Porter Medical Center’s annual meeting last week. “It is very hard to change the system.”
HANCOCK — It was a great time at the fourth annual Iguana Cup Ski Race Sunday, March 23, at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. Many familiar faces turned up to enjoy a day of outdoor fun and festivities. The sun was shining and it really was a very successful fundraiser for Quarry Hill School. We could not have done it without the wonderful parents who volunteered and raced in the event with friends and families.