BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District Early Education Program will be holding its developmental screening on Thursday, March 26, at Bristol Elementary School, 57 Mountain Street. Children will have the opportunity to play in an early childhood classroom. Parents can share about their child and learn more about their child’s communication, social, emotional, cognitive and motor development.  The screening is free and will take about one hour. Time slots are available at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  The screening will be located in Bristol Elementary School’s in Early Education...

2015 MOUNT ABRAHAM Union High School graduate Isabel Brennan is preparing to high the 2,200-mile-long Appalachian Trail and is using the project to raise money for clean water in Uganda.
MONKTON — Isabel Brennan, a 22-year-old graduate of Mount Abraham Union High School and St. Lawrence University, is going to solo hike the Appalachian Trail starting in April to raise money for the Ugandan Water Project. Starting in early April, the Monkton resident will be setting off to solo through-hike of the “AT,” which runs from Georgia to Maine. She said the 2,200-mile journey will take her between five and six months to complete. “I’m embarking on this journey for a lot of the same reasons that others do: to refresh, to prove to myself that I can overcome a great challenge, and to...

DURING FEBRUARY YOGA teacher Melanie Cote led all Monkton elementary students and their teachers in yoga and mindful movement classes.
MONKTON — Yoga and mindful movement has some excellent benefits for children and adults in the classroom. Yoga can help reduce anxiety and improve focus in students.  Some of teachers at Monkton Central School have started using movement and mindful meditation as an important preventative of promoting positive behavior.  There are also many benefits of yoga that can be enjoyed by students and teachers both. Some of these include reducing everyday stress, and another benefit is that practicing yoga increases the comfort level of teachers to teach mindfulness practices in the classroom.  During...
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School has announced its honor roll for the 2nd quarter of the 2019-2020 academic year. Students named to the roll include: 12TH GRADE High Honors: Marlie Hunt, Emily Rooney and Kai Williams. Honors: Michael Alexopoulos, Colby Beinhaur, Luke Bergmans, William Bergmans, Brianna Billings, Kyle Booska, Emily Brinkman, Adelaide Brooks, Benjamin Curtis, Leah Croke, Matthew DeMatties, Alder Donovan-Cook, Siobhan Eagan, Aidan Gardner, Sophie Hatch, Karyn Kenfield, Robert Kenfield, Gage Lalumiere, Justin McEntee, Rory Patch, Mckenna Phillips, Maya Praamsma, Julio...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the academic year. Students on the roll include: NINTH GRADE High Honors: Stella Andrews, Narges Anzali, Melody Berenbaum, Helen Brayton, Naomi Brightman, India Choudhury, Nyna Cole, Madison Cram, Maddie Crowne, Seina Dowgiewicz, Arianna Graham-Gurland, Dahlia Harrison-Irwin, Paige Hescock, Ainsleigh Johnson, Rebecca Orten, Lia Robinson, Vivian Ross, Eliot Schneider, Ronen Silberman and Nora Wootten. Honors: Maxwell Alberts, Kelsey Altemose, Kagen Besser-Jones, Camila Blanco, John Boglioli, Trey...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College suffered a tragic loss over the weekend.   “I write to you this morning in profound sadness to report the accidental death of a student in the Middlebury College community,” wrote President Laurie Patton in an announcement posted on the college website Saturday.   Will Nash, 21, a senior at the college and a native of San Anselmo, Calif., “died unexpectedly due to a reaction related to drug use in the early hours this morning,” Patton said.   The Middlebury Police Department was called to campus at 3:57 a.m. Saturday to assist Middlebury College Public...

DURING CORNWALL'S MONDAY evening confab, residents make a show of hands on a question regarding how their multi-town school district should handle future school closings. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Here are the town meeting and election results from each of Addison County's 23 towns. Click on the towns below to read more. Addison  Brandon  Bridport Bristol  Cornwall Ferrisburgh Goshen Granville Hancock Leicester Lincoln Middlebury Monkton New Haven Orwell Panton Ripton Salisbury Shoreham Starksboro Vergennes Waltham Weybridge Whiting
ADDISON COUNTY — In Australian ballot voting on Tuesday, residents in three of the largest communities in Addison County elected a series of candidates to leader their respective municipalities. In Vergennes voters chose three members for the city council from among four candidates. Bristol residents elected one of two newcomers for their selectboard. Middlebury returned a veteran and introduced a rookie to its selectboard. In a four-way race for three seats on the city council, Vergennes residents chose Deputy Mayor Lynn Jackson Donnelly, Alderman David Austin and first-time Councilor Tara...
RIPTON — Voters in three of the Addison Central School District’s seven member-towns support the notion that school board members should only be elected by their fellow townspeople, and that a local school should only be closed if a majority in its host community elect to do so. That was the takeaway in the towns of Ripton, Salisbury and Shoreham, which held non-binding votes on two petitioned referenda on March 3 that the ACSD board had declined to warn (due to legal advice) on its own ballot. Residents in a fourth ACSD town — Cornwall — defeated both questions at their annual gathering,...
ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday joined other Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD) voters in soundly defeating a proposed $59.5 million bond issue that would have, among other things, bankrolled an 8,200-square-foot addition to the Orwell school. The proposal — which would have also resulted in extensive renovations to Fair Haven Union High School, a new “Slate Valley Middle School” and a new, $842,066 elevator system at Fair Haven Grade School — was defeated by 2,489-719 margin by the collective voters of Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven....


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