August 25th, 2016
Vermonters are at the fleeting confluence of two intersecting trajectories: an upcoming statewide election in November, and the tag end of August with another rash of beach closings on Lake Champlain, sewage spills, and blue-green algae alerts. With beachgoers upset, boaters disgusted and lakeshore homeowners up in arms at the deterioration of water quality in Lake Champlain and other bodies of water in the state, you’d think there might be enough political pressure to push clean-water policy to the forefront of our political discussion — especially in an election year.
NOTE: Students in grades K-12 ride together on all morning and afternoon runs, except for the “Red” bus. Please review routes carefully and contact Mary Hogan School at 802-388-4421 with any questions. Times for bus routes can vary by several minutes, depending on traffic, construction and ridership. Students should be at their bus stop at least 5 minutes earlier than the published time. For safety reasons, drivers will not wait for students to come to the stop. P/U = Pick Up D/O = Drop Off
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Principal Thomas Buzzell and Assistant Principal Steven Lindemann welcome Mary Hogan students and parents to the 2016-2017 school year. As the new school year approaches, the Mary Hogan staff is busy preparing for opening day on Aug. 31.
Listening to my in-laws talk about Uncle Pete Hansen’s various feats of strength, he might just as well have been Paul Bunyan. For example, there was the true story about Pete lowering my brother-in-law Bill — then his plumbing assistant — down into a well by his ankles. And Bill is a solid 6-foot, 3-inches tall.
SALISBURY — Salisbury Community School has announced its bus routes for the 2016-2017 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 five minutes before these posted times for the first few days.
East Side Route (Sue Flynn, driver)
Morning Run (No. 50)
6:57 a.m. Kampersville Laundromat
7:02 a.m. Route 53 to Fish Hatchery
I always wanted to compete in the Olympics. A few things, however, worked against me, such as my family not having the money to send me to an elite training facility when I was younger. That and having no athletic ability beyond doing the Macarena are the two biggies.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center is hosting a daylong workshop, “Storytelling for Social Change,”on Friday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. led by director of education Kathleen Haughey.
Storytelling, oral history and ethnography can be powerful tools for the documentation of voices, memories and histories. They can also be catalysts for activism and social change. This workshop will explore the ethics and techniques of oral history, ethnography and storytelling as activist research methodologies.
News and Notes:
If there was ever any doubt how publicly disoriented the state’s Department of Public Service really is when it comes to the fracked gas pipeline now making its way through the county — well, department Commissioner Chris Recchia put that doubt to rest a few days ago.
Not long after the Public Service Board tried to ban the public from a public hearing on the pipeline, Recchia made it clear that the department is sick of hearing from members of the public who oppose the pipeline.