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June 16th, 2011
STARKSBORO — Robinson Elementary School librarian Ann Watson will retire earlier than she expected this year due to budget cuts. After 30 years working as a librarian in Addison County schools — first at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury for four and a half years and then at Robinson for 26 years — she will leave because her position will be reduced next year from three days a week to two half-days a week.
RIPTON — The temporary din of hammering, scraping and painting will soon give way to the once-familiar sounds of orating and hymn singing at the Ripton Community Church (RCC), which is in the final phases of a multi-year project to restore the historic building’s role in the town’s spiritual and social fabric.
BRISTOL — After 31 years of teaching kindergarten and first grade at Bristol Elementary School, Sharon Donahue, 62, will teacher her last class on Thursday.
Provided with what she considered a sub-par elementary education, Donahue knew from a young age that she wanted to inspire young children as an influential teacher.
“Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes.” I’m reminded of that 1971 David Bowie song — the title, at least; not that I ever got the lyrics at age 17 when it first came out or 39 years later. Something about “time may change me, but I can’t trace time.”
Certainly time changes people, but what is this notion about not being able to “trace time”? Is it that you can’t change what has been; you can’t relive the moment? That time’s not a do-over?
NEW HAVEN — Deb Cross will retire this week after 36 years of teaching and 26 years at Beeman Elementary School. Over her years at the New Haven school — teaching a wide variety of ages from third to sixth grade — officials say she has made a deep impact on the school.
“I’d like a cake shaped like a giant margarita.”
So declared my stepson’s girlfriend last month. For her 21st birthday, she wanted a 3-D cake shaped like a margarita glass a couple of feet tall.
Kids these days.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) on Monday announced the hiring of resident John Purcell to the newly created position of marketing coordinator.
BRISTOL — Bristol’s Main Street will shut down to traffic this Saturday and open up to the third annual Pocock Rocks music festival and street fair.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that Saturday downtown Bristol will transform into a haven for rocking tunes, craft brews, local wines, chocolate pairings, cheese tastings, specialty foods and crafts of all kinds.