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03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District Superintendent Peter Burrows has withdrawn his candidacy for the top administrative job in the Burlington School District. Burrows made the announcement through a brief email to the ACSD community Tuesday evening. “I wanted to let you all know that I’ve withdrawn my candidacy from the Burlington superintendent search,” he wrote. “After much thought, I realized that my commitment to our community, our work, and all of you makes this the place I’m meant to be. “Thanks to the many people that helped me make sense of this decision, and thanks for...
03/12/2020
With any health care crisis, it’s sometimes difficult to separate the truth about what’s causing the crisis from the myths and conspiracies that are spread by misinformation. Here’s a rundown of some of the myths, and the medical facts as they are known today. This list was compiled by the newsletter Medical News Today: The novel coronavirus, now known as SARS-CoV-2, has spread from Wuhan, China, to every continent on Earth except Antarctica. COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused by the coronavirus. 1. Myth: Spraying chlorine or alcohol on skin kills viruses in the body. Response:...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE EMPLOYEES, like this one walking past Davis Family Library Wednesday, have been told that work will proceed as usual, despite the fact that in-person classes have been suspended until further notice. Independent photo/John S. McCright
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, not long after Middlebury College announced that in response to the growing threat from COVID-19 it would suspend in-person classes until further notice (see story), senior Leif Taranta posted a spreadsheet online, soliciting community assistance and encouraging students to help their fellow students. “Middlebury College is closing down for a few weeks very suddenly as a disease prevention effort, and a lot of students (especially students of more marginalized backgrounds) are in very frantic situations trying to find places to go/rides/food etc.,” Taranta wrote in an...
03/12/2020
Attention Lincoln residents: Organizers of the local “Neighbor to Neighbor” want your ideas on how to expand the mission of the charitable farm stand, which is nestled between the United Church of Lincoln and Brown family property in Lincoln village. The stand is open to folks who want to leave produce, or take some if they need it. The stand has benefitted many in Lincoln and beyond — not only by the food it dispenses, but stories shared with neighbors when they talk about it. Founders of “Neighbor to Neighbor” are seeking more input on what the effort could become in the future. Anyone with...

MIDDLEBURY’S CREEK ROAD runs right alongside Otter Creek, and an engineer said that ultimately erosion will claim parts of the road. Independent photo/Sarah Pope
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously supported a plan to make enough repairs to Creek Road so it can be reopened to through-traffic, while at the same time negotiating easements with area landowners to ensure them future access to their property should Otter Creek shift its path in the future. This plan was one of 10 considered by the Creek Road Task Force, which was charged with recommending potential fixes for a road that’s sustained heavy damage through the years during flooding from the adjacent Otter Creek. Options ranged from abandoning the road to spending...

MARY CULLINANE
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District board on Monday unanimously elected Weybridge resident Mary Cullinane as its new chairperson, and Victoria Jette of Middlebury as its vice-chair. Cullinane takes over for Peter Conlon, who in 2016 became the first chairman of a newly created ACSD board. Prior to unification under Act 46, Addison Central Supervisory Union schools were governed by separate boards — one for each of the seven elementary schools, and one representing both Middlebury Union middle and high schools. Conlon and longtime Vice Chair Lorraine Morse chose not to seek re-...
03/12/2020
VERGENNES — If the weather cooperates, a months-long $2.66 million repaving of Vergennes’ main artery will begin as soon as April 1, Vermont Agency of Transportation officials and representatives of contractor J. Hutchins Inc. announced at a Tuesday meeting in the city fire station. Because what is Main Street in Vergennes is also Vermont Route 22A, VTrans and the federal government are picking up the tab for a 2.75-mile project that will include resurfacing New Haven Road and the stretch of Green Street between Main Street and New Haven Road. Those roads were once part of U.S. Route 7,...

THE FILM “SCREENAGERS: The Next Chapter,” which examines the science behind teens’ emotional challenges and social media, will screen at MUHS on Thursday, March 19, after a community dinner designed to highlight the benefits of families eating meals together.
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District students are being given an assignment that would have seemed totally unnecessary a few generations ago. Eat dinner with your family. A simple task that used to be a daily ritual — and still is for some. Families would take time to deconstruct their day, defuse potential crises and dispense helpful advise while breaking bread — and hopefully not a lot of dishes. It’s a tradition that local school officials and youth advocates are now trying to re-instill in area families as a way of improving student health, communication skills and morale, while...

MICHAEL LANSING
03/12/2020
MONKTON — The Mount Abraham Unified School District has selected a finalist for the Monkton Central School principal position, and Monkton residents will get a chance to meet him next week. Michael Lansing, who is currently an elementary school principal in Reno, Nev., would bring 14 years of educational experience to the position, including 11 years as an administrator and athletic director. He has served as an elementary school principal or vice principal in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Utah. Before that he taught in New Hampshire and Maine. Lansing will be visiting MCS on Monday, March...

MUHS STUDENTS NARGES Anzali, left, Kyle Mitchell and Tom Nevins from the Model UN Club help ACSD fifth- and sixth-graders take a global look at the idea of freedom of religion. Photo by Jason Duquette-Hoffman
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Around 130 5th- and 6th-graders from five Addison Central School District schools participated in the district’s second annual Youth Citizen Summit on Friday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., at Middlebury College’s Bicentennial Hall.  Students from Bridport, Weybridge, Cornwall, Shoreham and Middlebury are in the midst of a unit in their classrooms that explores how governments can promote or deny human rights. They are inquiring about the responsibilities and functions of different governments, how governments and people interact, and finally about the rights and...

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