August 26th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Immigration expert Harriet Orcutt Duleep will deliver the fall 2013 edition of the D.K. Smith ’42 Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 4:30 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Twilight Auditorium. Orcutt is research professor of public policy at the College of William and Mary. Her lecture is titled “The New Immigrants — Blessing or Bane?”
SHOREHAM — The town of Shoreham will celebrate the theme “Dog Days of Summer” on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the 2013 Shoreham Festival.
The day kicks off with a hearty pancake breakfast served at the Shoreham Congregational Church from 8 to 10 a.m.
The Shoreham Tennis Club will host 3 hours of fun play from 9 a.m. to noon. This fun and friendly group of tennis players will welcome new players, as well as help seasoned veterans on the court shake the rust off that backhand.
VERMONT — As districts across the state prepare for the new school year, educators and administrators are gearing up to continue the transition to the Common Core State Standards, a new approach to education that has been prompting changes in testing and classroom instruction in recent years.
Vermont, which adopted the Common Core in 2010, is among 44 other states and the District of Columbia overhauling their educational approach.
Salisbury Community School Bus Routes
SALISBURY — Salisbury Community School has announced its bus routes for the 2013-2014 school year. The times posted here are approximations, and will depend on road conditions and the number of students riding on a given day. Students should be at the bus stop 5 minutes before these posted times for the first few days.
East Side Route (Sue Flynn, driver)
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Principal Tom Buzzell and Assistant Principal Steve Lindemann welcome Mary Hogan students and parents to the 2013-2014 school year. As the new school year approaches, the Mary Hogan staff is busily preparing for opening day on Aug. 28.
VERGENNES — In addition to considering resident concerns about speeding on South Maple Street (see story in Aug. 22 edition of the Independent), Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday evening also discussed a rare extension of city sewer service outside of city limits, to the recently moved former Vergennes rail station that now rests in Ferrisburgh next to the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Park and Ride Lot off Route 22A.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School auditorium will be closed for what school officials said could be a few weeks following a safety inspection last week, but they also said they have a plan to fix the most pressing problems and bring the room and stage back on line as soon as possible — but probably not for a full fall theatrical production.
BRANDON — During the first two weeks of August, Otter Valley Union High School and many local host families opened their doors for 32 students and two teachers from Kunming, China. The goal of the visitors was, as head coordinator Jeff Jeskie put it, to “speak English!” The program was sponsored by Spiral International.