August 8th, 2011
BURLINGTON — The Chittenden County state’s attorney charged Dean T. Heffernan, 27, of Bristol with attempted murder, first degree, at a Thursday morning arraignment at the criminal division of Chittenden County Superior Court.
Heffernan pleaded innocent to a charge that carries a penalty ranging according to court documents from "a presumptive minimum term of 35 years" to life in prison.
SHOREHAM — Moved by the release this spring of statistics that said 72 percent of Vermont schools — including 13 of 25 schools in Addison County and Brandon — failed to make enough government-mandated progress, several local people traveled to Washington, D.C., on July 28 to attend the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action. The event was organized in opposition to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, known as NCLB.
MIDDLEBURY — Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) officials, unable to secure key federal grants, have had to scuttle a plan to transform the office building at 61 Court St. into a boarding house for low-income residents.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), signed into law by President George W. Bush in January 2002, takes a standards-based approach to education, operating under the theory that high standards and measurable goals are the keys to unlocking an individual child’s potential as a student. To measure improvement, the law ties federal education funding directly to student performance on standardized tests.
MIDDLEBURY — Many Middlebury residents and businesses went without power for about three minutes on Thursday around 12:30 p.m.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School Board meeting on Tuesday kicked off with a statement from Starksboro’s John Jefferies, a previous Robinson Elementary School board chairman, that he believed that the veiled nature of the teachers’ contract negotiations this past winter was unlawful.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) has hired a consultant to serve as its financial officer in the wake of two recent searches that thus far have failed to yield a new business manager.
Gail Conley, ACSU interim superintendent, confirmed the district has hired former Essex North Superintendent Wayne Murray to serve as the district’s financial officer on a part-time basis while the search for a new business manager continues.
Sometimes you just need to get to where you're going. But why do it on a bike? It's fun; convenient in the spring, summer and fall; and if you're headed to Bristol from Middlebury or visa-versa, it only adds about 20 minutes to your trip. Both my colleague Brian King and I regularly ride this route. He rides from Bristol to Middlebury and back everyday, and I frequently ride to Bristol for an interview, meeting or my favorite beer around — the Bobcat's Chewy.