June 16th, 2014
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.
MIDDLEBURY — The Public Works Department in Middlebury plans to continue closure this week of Water Street/Charles Avenue between Cross Street and Middlebury Union High School.
Last week’s closure of the street, which is one of only two routes to MUHS, caused some traffic backups on Cross Street and Court Street.
ADDISON — Anna Willenbaker, daughter of Wendy Willenbaker and Edward Willenbaker of Addison, was one of five Vermont high school seniors to be awarded a $5,000 Scholarship of Excellence by the owners of the University Mall in Burlington recently. The college scholarship recognizes excellence in community service, leadership and academics.
RIPTON — Acclaimed writer and activist Rick Bass sparked a lively discussion about activism, the environment, and the justice system when he gave a lecture titled “The Joy of Being Arrested” at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus this past Thursday morning.
Bass told the story of being arrested when he zip-tied himself to the gates of the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline the day after President Obama’s State of the Union address in February 2013.