May 27th, 2015
BURLINGTON — “BERRR-NIE, BERRR-NIE, BERRR-NIE,” roared the enthusiastic, hometown crowd of 5,000 supporters as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., took the stage late Tuesday afternoon at Burlington’s Waterfront Park to kick off his presidential campaign.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board has made final its third budget proposal for the 2015-2016 school year — a $10,258,933 spending plan — to place before Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on June 9.
The board at a meeting Saturday morning agreed with ANwSU and VUHS administrators to cut $55,000 from the plan defeated by 722-676, or 46 votes, on May 5.
MIDDLEBURY — As Washington, D.C., native Kate McCreary walked to receive her college diploma on Sunday, she breathed a sigh.
“I was kind of relieved, both to have a college diploma and also to have the graduation over so I can sleep a little bit,” the freshly minted Middlebury College alum said. “I feel celebratory and excited! It didn’t really make me sad.”
GOSHEN — As you read this, be it at 7 a.m. or 11 p.m. or 2 a.m., a few “dedicated” souls are out running laps on a figure-8 course comprised of 26.4 miles of rocky, muddy, undulating trails in the Moosamaloo Wilderness. They’ve been running since 8:08 a.m. last Thursday, when 10 members of the newly formed Endurance Society crossed the start of Infinitus, an 888-kilometer (551.7 mile), 10-day trail race dreamed up by Vermonters Andy Weinberg and Jack Cary.
Great news for opera lovers: Although the Opera Company of Middlebury has sold out every ticket for its main performances of Puccini’s “Turandot,” which opens at the Town Hall Theater this Friday evening, you might still score a seat for a June 5 performance by the “covers.” Covers are the full stand-by cast of understudies, all gifted professional singers who rehearse along with the main cast and are ready to step in for a lead singer if needed.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School directors are hoping the third try will be the charm for a newly revised 2015-2016 spending plan that Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters will field on Tuesday, June 9.
The proposed budget of $13,947,738 is $75,000 less than the $14,022,738 spending plan district voters most recently defeated by a 755 to 485 tally on April 14. Mount Abraham serves students in the ANeSU towns of Bristol, New Haven, Monkton, Starksboro and Lincoln.
BRISTOL — Last week, members of the Bristol Fire Facility Committee learned the cost of a new firehouse. On Tuesday evening, that price tag went up when they learned how much the land under it would cost.
MIDDLEBURY — For four decades, any Middlebury-area student with a keen interest in building or designing something has probably taken a course with Peter Jensen. As an industrial arts teacher, Jensen has helped teens turn their curiosity into reality.
But after 16 years each of teaching at the former Middlebury junior high and Middlebury Union High School, and most recently an eight-year-stint at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, Jensen is ready to step away from the old drafting table and 3-D computer. He will be retiring next month.