April 18th, 2011
VERGENNES — Despite a winter that challenged the Vergennes Public Works Department and increased demand for the services of the Vergennes Police Department, the city’s budget appears to be on track as the June 30 end of the fiscal year approaches.
City Manager Mel Hawley said in an interview last Thursday that a combination of belt-tightening and better-than-expected revenue streams put the city’s finances in a better position than he had hoped even a few short weeks before.
MIDDLEBURY — Seven years ago, New York freelance writer Kristin Kimball would never have imagined herself running a horse-powered subsistence farming operation and Community Supported Agriculture operation in northern New York state.
But at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater last week, Kimball launched the paperback version of her book “The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love,” which catalogs her transition from a world-traveling freelance writer to the co-owner of Essex Farm, just across Lake Champlain in Essex, N.Y.
MARY HOGAN ELEMENTARY School students in Pegasus Theater performed "The Pied Piper" on April 8 at the school. The musical updates the traditional tale of a traveling piper who lures rats away from a town with his hypnotizing tune, and then uses his musical powers on the town's children.
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ADDISON COUNTY — According to the Vermont Department of Education’s late March release of its 2011 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report, 72 percent of Vermont schools — including 13 of 25 schools in Addison County and Brandon — failed to meet performance targets.
But officials from area supervisory unions say that these benchmarks are missing the point.
“It’s a waste of time,” said John Castle, superintendent of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union. “I think the whole system should be thrown out.”
BRISTOL — Whitewater kayakers from up and down the East Coast and across the border in Canada tore over Bristol’s infamous Bartlett Falls at last Saturday’s New Haven River Festival. Organized by the University of Vermont (UVM) Kayak Club and the Vermont Paddlers Club, the festival hosted 59 paddlers in its third consecutive year, up from 26 last year.
At the heart of the festival was a grueling 1/3-mile race down a technical section of the New Haven River that finished at Bartlett Falls. And, the stakes were high.
VERGENNES — In scheduling a televised public forum in advance of the city’s May 17 revote on Addison Northwest Supervisory Union unification, Vergennes aldermen and an ANwSU representative agreed on Tuesday that the school district should make a full presentation describing what the school governance change would mean.
The forum will be held at 7 p.m. on May 10 in the Vergennes Opera House. It will then be broadcast locally on cable channel 17 on Wednesday, May 11, at 1 and 7 p.m.; on Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m.; and on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m.
NEW HAVEN — The chorus of spring peepers’ early season song marks the end of maple sugaring season. For many sugarmakers across the lower elevations of Addison County’s Champlain Valley, last weekend likely marked this sugar season’s final sap run.
“I’m boiling in the frog run,” bellowed George Crane over the roar of his wood-fire evaporator.