October 28th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — One in 12 households in Vermont could not afford to put food on the table between 2006 and 2008, Joel Berg told a small group of Middlebury College students last Friday.
Berg kicked off Middlebury College’s fall symposium, “American Poverty in Context” at the end of last week in a lunchtime discussion session at the college by addressing an issue that, for Vermonters, hit close to home.
BRISTOL — Around 80 Bristol Elementary School third- and fourth-grade students hiked three miles and raised around $600 to support the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger’s 14th annual Hike for Hunger last Thursday.
The students began their hour-and-a-half hike downtown and walked up to Mount Abraham Union High School and back through the neighborhoods to the school, accompanied by their teachers and several parents.
“We went right through town,” third-grade teacher David Bouchard said. “We got a really good response.”
HANCOCK — Hancock, Ripton and East Middlebury residents are breathing easier in wake of the capture, at the Middlebury Snow Bowl, of a man whom authorities have termed a “strong suspect” in the recent murder of Kathleen Smith, 50, of Burlington.
Residents along Route 125 had been on high alert following the discovery of Smith’s abandoned car off Texas Falls Road in Hancock, just a few days before her body was discovered in her home on Burlington’s Park Street on Oct. 18.
SWANTON — At Missisquoi on Saturday, the Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams breezed to wins at the Metro Conference small-school championships, at which also individual runners from Mount Abraham and Vergennes fared well.
The top four Tiger girls ran 1-2-3-5 in the small-school standings to secure the win, and junior Emily Anderson was the small-school champion in 19:49.10.
Their point totals were merged with the large schools for scoring purposes, and the MUHS girls tallied 141, 100 points better than second-place BFA-Fairfax.
MIDDLEBURY — On Oct. 7 a group of important figures in Vermont’s education system — including education commissioner Armando Vilaseca — gathered at the Middlebury Inn to discuss career and technical programs and the role that philanthropic organizations can play in these programs.
In attendance were representatives of charitable organizations and individual donors, legislators and career and technical program administrators, all there to take a look at the current state of vocational education and what philanthropic institutions can do to help those programs expand their offerings.
LINCOLN — Once again, the Chase Purinton Monument on Quaker Street in Lincoln looks picture-perfect for all of its leaf-peeping admirers.
The foundation of the 107-year-old monument was crumbling and in need of repair earlier this year when Pete Mikkelsen, the owner of the former Chase Purinton farmstead, decided it was time to take action. The two old millstones inscribed with words commemorating the first Lincoln town meeting held on the spot, were lifted and a new concrete base was created for them.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen are asking residents on Tuesday to back their proposed purchase of a property adjacent to the town office building.
Selectmen this summer struck a $150,000 deal — subject to voter approval on Nov. 2 — with homeowners Donald and Patience Sisters for their home and 2 acres. That property sits south of the Grange Hall that serves as Ferrisburgh’s town office building and community meeting center; that building rests on 1 acre.
The following six questions, along with a requested word limit, were asked of each local candidate for the Vermont House and Senate.
The questions are not repeated in the context of each candidate’s response, but are recalled by subject at the beginning of each answer.
Election Day is Nov. 2.