Congratulations to Alexis Kouwenhoven of Bristol, who this week was honored by the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. She was one of only 11 Scouts to receive a Gold Award — and the only Vermonter to do so. The Oct. 18 Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ Young Women of Distinction ceremony was held outdoors in Manchester, N.H. To earn the Gold Award, Kouwenhoven had to complete a project that will make her community, state, country, or even the world a better place. Her project is titled “Managing Stress and Anxiety.”
Interesting note from the Girl Scouts awards ceremony...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes committee formed to study whether the city should create a permanent citizen board to help oversee the Vergennes Police Department has made a preliminary recommendation in favor of such a panel.
On Tuesday the city council gave the committee until at least Dec. 8 to complete its work.
In a letter to the council signed by committee chairman Bryan Goodkowsky, the committee wrote, “As a Committee, we agree that some form of citizen review/advisory body will be beneficial to the City of Vergennes.
“It is our initial request that once City Council returns to quorum, that...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District’s Facilities Committee has hired a consultant to study potential busing schedules that could serve a network of three or four elementary schools, instead of the current seven.
The consultant is Tim Ammon, from the Maryland-based company Decision Support Group.
Busing has emerged as one of the tough nuts to crack as ACSD explores elementary school closures and consolidations in the wake of declining student enrollment and rising education costs.
The company TruexCullins recently presented ACSD officials with five school consolidation options,...
MIDDLEBURY — On Friday morning, Oct. 2, just hours after learning that President Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, Middlebury College senior Benjy Renton sat down and started drawing on a piece of paper.
“It was a lot of squares, lots of ‘Who tested positive’ versus ‘Who tested negative,’ to see how it spread,” Renton told the Independent.
An emerging data journalist who currently works as Digital Director of the Middlebury Campus newspaper, Renton has been reporting on the pandemic since January, when he found himself temporarily stranded in Beijing during the initial outbreak.
BRIDPORT/SALISBURY — ACSD continues to hold Facilities Master Plan Porch Conversations in locations throughout the district. The conversations are an opportunity for the community to come together I small groups to engage directly with the ACSD Board Chair, Mary Cullinane, and Facilities Committee Chair, Victoria Jette on the topic of the Facilities Master Planning process.
The next two Porch Conversations are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Bridport and Monday, Nov. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in Salisbury. Anyone who would like to attend one of these Porch Conversations, can sign up...
SAL NAKHLAWI WILL lead a series of virtual “beat the COVID blues” workout sessions to participants in Middlebury College’s Sister-to-Sister program this November. Nakhlawi, a Middlebury College graduate, is the founder of StrongHER Girls.
MIDDLEBURY — The COVID-19 crisis cannot keep Middlebury College’s Sister-to-Sister program down. In its effort to connect with 6th graders and middle schoolers, the group mentoring program is going virtual this fall. On Oct. 24 from 2 to 3 p.m., the program will kick off with a Zoom event with ice breakers and mini-games so participants get to know each other. They will also have a conversation about feminism and what it means to students All female-identifying and non-binary students in grades 6-8 are welcome to join. Sign up for the event at go.middlebury.edu/signupsts.
In November, Sister...
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library is holding a Photo Art Challenge from now until Feb. 14. The contest has three challenges and three chances to win. Winners will have their work printed and mounted by the library for an exhibit in its lobby in March 2021. Two adult and two youth (18 and under) winners will be chosen for each challenge. The rules are simple: One entry per person per session, amateurs only, and original work.
Challenge 1, “The Beauty of Nature,” closes on Oct. 24. Submit your interpretation of beauty in the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the...
VERMONT — Vermont Career Connect is a new virtual career exploration program hosted by Vermont Student Assistance Corp. Vermont Career Connect is holding a virtual event, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, for students wondering about a job or career and what it would be like to do that work.
The program includes a career interest survey for students and more information on the 16 career clusters, links to nearly 100 videos where students can hear directly from people in a wide variety of careers about their work, additional resources for exploring careers and training requirements, and an...
FERRISBURGH — The Friends of the Union Meeting Hall will hold their first annual Ferrisburgh Pumpkin Carving Contest and Display on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 3-7 p.m. and Friday Oct. 30, from 3-4:30 p.m. Get creative with those carving skills and help them create a beautiful spectacle of jack-o’-lanterns for all to see. Pumpkins will be on display under the maple trees of the Union Meeting Hall.
Participants will be entered into categories based on age. The older categories will include most unique and best carving.
Entry is free and open to the public. You do not have to enter in order to...
LINCOLN — The MAUSD Food Cooperative has announced that all students attending school can enjoy free breakfast and lunch every day for the 2020-2021 school year. These free meals are for hybrid learners, remote learners and other children 18 years old and younger. There are three pickup options available. The 2-day weekend meal pack contains two breakfasts and two heat and eat entree meals for each child. The 3-day hybrid meal pack includes three breakfasts and three heat and eat entrees for each child. The 5-day meal pack includes five breakfasts, three heat and eat entrees and two cold deli...