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ABOUT 135 MAUSD residents and staff members gathered in Bristol’s Holley Hall on Tuesday to discuss their school district’s future with the MAUSD board’s community engagement committee. They also heard the district could face major tax increases in the near future if spending is not reduced, and were presented with possible district reconfiguration scenarios. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
BRISTOL — Late in Tuesday’s Mount Abraham Union School District community forum in Bristol’s Holley Hall, professional facilitator Sue McCormack’s voice cracked with emotion as she spoke to the roughly 135 MAUSD residents and staff members in the room. McCormack, an Essex resident, had helped lead October meetings in each of the district’s five towns before Tuesday’s forum, at which the MAUSD board shared what it learned from those earlier meetings about residents’ educational values and feelings about their elementary schools. (See related story.) MAUSD Superintendent Patrick Reen on Tuesday...
BRISTOL — Common themes and question emerged during forums held in each Mount Abraham Unified School District town in October by the MAUSD board’s Community Engagement Committee. In meeting summaries the committees released, residents expressed appreciation for teachers; said students should learn social, communication and problem-solving skills; pointed to their elementary schools’ community connections; and said they appreciated strong relationships among students, teachers and administrators. An overall summary of the five meetings the committee sent out on Monday drew a few conclusions...
With Vermont’s youth deer hunting weekend coming this Saturday and Sunday, young hunters are encouraged to help Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological reporting stations. Addison County reporting stations include Buxton’s Country Store at in Orwell and Rack ’N’ Reel near the intersection of Route 7 and 17 in New Haven. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will have personnel at 23 reporting stations around the state between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (unless the store closes earlier) through youth weekend. Along with having their deer examined and aged...
MIDDLEBURY — Game wardens with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department have been investigating a series of wild animal poaching incidents in Addison County for the past five weeks, and they are asking tor the public’s help so they can wrap up the investigation. Lt. Justin Stedman, leader of Fish and Wildlife’s central district, said the investigation was triggered by a series of reports of dead animals in incidents in Middlebury and New Haven that had similar characteristics. This week, the department said it had arrested two young men in Middlebury as a result of the investigation. Stedman...

A RIVER WATCH volunteer samples the water from Lewis Creek earlier this year. Photo courtesy Matt Witten
MIDDLEBURY — During rainy months and dry months, Addison County River Watch Collaborative’s volunteers had another successful season this year from April to September, testing the water quality of several rivers in the county. The changeable weather and the rising and falling of river levels, however, were the least of the transitions that the Collaborative has experienced. “This year we’ve had to be flexible amidst a number of surprises,” said Matt Witten, managing director of Addison County River Watch. “Most significantly, we felt buffeted by the growing pains that the state Department of...

MONICA PRZYPERHART
MIDDLEBURY — “My favorite part of any watershed is where two streams meet. I feel at home where pristine mountain streams flow into fertile valley soils. Perhaps it’s no surprise that professionally, I like to be at the convergence of science and community. I’ve studied amphibians and pollinators with the US Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and I’ve been an educator of various levels, from an outdoor elementary school to the Community College of Vermont. But citizen science—where research and community meet—is my passion.” Monica has worked with the Vermont Fish...

HAROLD PAUL MAHONEY
BRANDON — Police raided the home of a Brandon man late last week and arrested him on 10 drugs and firearms charges. On Nov. 1, detectives with the Vermont Drug Task Force arrested Harold Paul Mahoney, 61, at his trailer on Conway Terrace. On Monday, Mahoney pleaded innocent in Rutland Superior Court, criminal division, to four counts of selling crack cocaine, one count of possession of crack cocaine, a count of possession of a narcotic, and four counts of possessing a firearm after being prohibited from doing so because he was convicted of a violent crime. Police said Mahoney’s arrest for...

PETER CONLON
SALISBURY — Residents of the Addison-2 Legislative District (Cornwall, Goshen, Hancock, Leicester, Ripton and Salisbury) are invited to join Rep. Peter Conlon for a look at how the Legislative process works in Vermont, from idea, to bill, to law, and how citizens can be involved. This non-political talk will be held at the Salisbury Public Library (right in the village) on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m. Come learn how the Vermont process differs from the “I’m Just a Bill” lessons we all learned on TV, and how Vermont’s small size means that citizens can play big roles in it. A short...
VERMONT — Do you know of a special ash tree worth celebrating? Perhaps it’s the largest in your town or a backyard tree that you planted when your youngest, now a college student, was born. The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Vermont Land Trust are partnering to gather stories and photos from Vermonters about ash trees. Many of these will be posted on the land trust’s website, vlt.org/ash. If you have stories, photos, drawings, maps, poems or anything else to share, you can send by email to ash@vlt.org or mail to Allaire Diamond, Vermont Land Trust, P.O. Box 850, Richmond...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) is offering help to residents with broken lamp or bike or sweater with holes.  Instead of throwing these things away, ACSWMD is inviting local resident to bring their broken stuff to its upcoming Repair Fair on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hannaford Career Center.  The Repair Fair is a free event where skilled community members volunteer to help fix participants’ broken or damaged items. Fixers will do their best to perform repairs on the spot or point attendees in the right direction if their items can’t be...

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