June 16th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources bus drivers on June 11 voted 9-8 against unionizing through Teamsters Local 597.
Nadine Barnicle, community relations manager for ACTR, said the organization is committed to working with the drivers to resolve any issues that prompted them to take a union vote.
“We’re really confident we can all work together,” Barnicle said.
Teamsters Local 597 spokesman Tony St. Hilaire did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems has asked the Vermont Public Service Board to waive one of the conditions of the Certificate of Public Good for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas project.
The waiver would permit Vermont Gas to begin construction on Phase I of the pipeline without securing all the necessary state and federal permits, which the December 2013 Certificate of Public Good mandates.
ADDISON COUNTY — Local dairy farmers are riding a wave of high wholesale prices that some say will finally pull them out from the dairy crash of 2009.
“The prices we’re receiving now are much stronger,” said Bob Foster of Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury.
Foster said much of the surge is due to high overseas demand.
VERGENNES — A search committee is working already to find an interim principal to replace departing Vergennes Union High School Co-principal Ed Webbley, who resigned his post in mid-May after eight years at VUHS to take a similar position at The Danville School in Caledonia County.
At its regular meeting on Monday, its first since Webbley’s resignation, the VUHS board affirmed the decision to seek an interim rather than a full-time replacement.
Vice chairman Neil Kamman said it’s late in the school-hiring season to find a permanent replacement.
CORNWALL — Two of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools — Bridport Central and Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial — will be led by interim leaders next year while permanent principals are being recruited this coming winter.
Peter Burrows, ACSU superintendent, confirmed last week that former Mary Hogan Elementary School Principal Bonnie Bourne and current Ripton Elementary Principal Tracey Harrington will co-manage Bridport Central for the 2014-2015 academic year.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) on Wednesday, June 11, narrowly rejected a request from the town of Cornwall that the panel rescind its earlier vote indicating a majority opinion that Vermont Gas’s proposed Phase II pipeline could comply with the county’s regional plan.
BRISTOL — What do yarn and yoga have in common? Much more than you might think, it turns out.
A group of Addison County women are opening up a yarn shop and yoga studio — appropriately called simply “Yarn and Yoga” — on Bristol’s main drag that offers both of those things.
One of the group, Bristol resident Elissa Cobb, explained how yarn and yoga are, in fact, similar.
MIDDLEBURY — Around 80 people took to the podium at the Middlebury Union High School auditorium on Thursday to urge the Vermont Public Service Board to reject Vermont Gas’s proposed natural gas pipeline that would extend from Middlebury to the International Paper Co. mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.