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SHEILA SOULE
02/24/2020
VERGENNES — Late last month Addison Northwest School District Superintendent Sheila Soule told the school board that she would be leaving the job at the end of the school year. But last week she signed a contract to spend two more years as ANWSD’s top administrator. Soule did not point to one specific thing that changed her mind, but said board members were very supportive of her and they truly want what is best for the students in the district and for the community. “I also really care about what happens in ANWSD and want to do everything I can to ensure our students retain all of the...
02/24/2020
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont Health Network announced this month that it is taking steps to ensure financial stability in the coming years, as economic forces challenge health care providers in Vermont and around the country. Each UVM Health Network affiliate — including Middlebury’s Porter Medical Center — is undertaking initiatives to preserve access to care for patients and support employees while also changing the way care is delivered to focus on wellness as much as illness and to control costs, officials said. In the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2019, UVMHN missed its budget target...
02/24/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren will be at Middlebury College on Monday, Feb. 24, to give the talk “Ultimate Allies: America and Israel, 1620 to the Present.” The event, which takes place at 7 p.m., at Dana Auditorium, 356 College St., is presented as part of the college’s Alexander Hamilton Forum  For nearly five years, Oren served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was instrumental in obtaining U.S. defense aid, especially for the Iron Dome system, and American loan guarantees for Israel’s economy...
02/24/2020
VERMONT — Funding is now available from the Vermont Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation for programs that support viable career pathways and career prospects for Vermont women and girls. The Vermont Women’s Fund was established in 1994 as an enduring resource to support women and girls in the state. A council of women from around Vermont advises the Fund and participates in its grant-making and leadership work, including the work of its partnership with the Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont Works for Women: Change The Story, an initiative seeking to fast-track women’s...
02/24/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Studio School is hosting a discussion called “Turning Pots Into Groceries: A Forum for Artists Who Want to Sell Their Work” on Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. Three local professional potters — Su Shannon from Pittsford, Stacey Stanhope from Orwell, and Barbara Nelson from Ripton — will each provide an informal presentation and engage in an audience Q & A about their business and their craft. Areas of discussion will include how to get started with craft shows, how to sell using online venues, starting and running a gallery or shop and advice on how to interact with...
02/24/2020
SHOREHAM — The future, the present and the past walked into a bar. Things got a little tense. AROUND TOWN The floor restoration project at the Congregational Church is one step closer to completion. The pine boards (donated by Ed C. James) are sitting in the Fellowship Hall “acclimating” to the environment. The folks are anticipating a beautiful floor in just a few more weeks. If you know of someone unable to leave their home this winter who would appreciate a Tea and Cookie visit from the parishioners of St. Genevieve’s church, please contact Kathleen Brisson at 897-5625. Dog licenses are...

MEMBERS OF VERMONT INTEGRATED ARCHITECTURE (VIA) along with their partners received two awards at Efficiency Vermont’s recent Better Buildings by Design Conference held in Burlington on Feb. 5-6. Shown at the conference are, front row third and fourth from left, Megan Nedzinski and Andrea Murray of VIA, and back row third from right, Ashar Nelson of VIA. Photo courtesy of Efficiency Vermont
02/24/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Integrated Architecture, P.C. (VIA) of Middlebury accepted two awards at Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design Conference held in Burlington on Feb. 5-6. Efficiency Vermont recognized VIA’s work on the Shelburne Pierson Library and Historic Town Hall with its Best of the Best Honor Award for a large commercial project. The project also won the first ever Better Buildings People’s Choice Award. Completed in the summer of 2019, the new library and renovated town hall provide a 21st-century community center that combines the best of current technology with a...
02/24/2020
Hi! My name is Ally Lawton, and I just turned 63 a couple of days ago (that’s 9 in human years). Although I don’t live in Addison County, I visit frequently to see my doggy nieces, Yuki and Ruby, who live in Middlebury, and we have a lot of fun together. Once, I was feeling particularly brave (and hungry), I ate some delicious cheese right off the coffee table when my owners were watching! Although I love cheese, my other favorite food is salmon. When I wake up every morning, I dig under the covers trying to find my special black pillow then make my owner chase me for it. It’s probably my...

STATE REP. DIANE Lanpher, D-Vergennes, is flanked by VUHS students Clarinda McAllister, left, Audrey Tembreull, Calder Rakowski and Grey Fearon at the Vermont Statehouse earlier this month, where the students represented the Vergennes Fusion afterschool program.
02/24/2020
MONTPELIER — Four students in the Vergennes Union High School-Fusion afterschool program traveled to the Vermont Statehouse on Feb. 13 to meet with the legislators and learn about how laws are made during the Vermont Afterschool & Summer Learning Day. Youth Ambassadors Audrey Tembreull, Clarinda McAllister, Calder Rakowski and Grey Fearon had an opportunity to meet afterschool peers from across Vermont, participate in a youth advocacy and empowerment workshops, eat lunch at the Vermont History Museum, and tour the Statehouse. The students from the various Vermont afterschool programs went...
02/24/2020
LINCOLN — Is your compost pile frozen solid? Are you out of space in your compost bin because it’s frozen? Don’t give up! Lincoln Compost Ambassador Sally Ober says. You can make an extra compost bin by drilling holes in the sides and bottom of a trash can that has a lid. Cover layers of food scraps with a hefty layer of browns like wood shavings (available at farm supply stores), dry leaves, straw and shredded paper or cardboard. Or, bring your food scraps to your town recycling and trash drop-off or the ACSWMD Transfer Station in Middlebury. More info is online at AddisonCountyRecycles.org...

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