July 30th, 2015
Some call the process glorified babysitting. And expensive. Some say it is the only means by which the state can break the cycle of poverty that traps low-income students in a closed look, low-wage environment.
The issue is universal pre-K education that, beginning next year, will be required in Vermont’s schools. According to the state department of education, over a third of our schools this fall will be ready to offer services to the three- to five-year-olds targets by the legislation signed into law more than a year ago.
VERMONT — The forecast for Wednesday says Vermont will be HOT.
During summer’s extreme heat, know how to recognize risk factors, respond to warning signs, and what precautions to take to stay safe.
“Heat illness is a real danger for everyone. Vermonters go to the emergency department for heat illnesses just as often as people in Maryland,” said Lori Cragin, Vermont state epidemiologist for environmental health. “Stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed.“
July 20, 2002, 8 AM
I spent the night with my mother at The Colony Club on Park Avenue in New York City, where the wedding reception will take place.
I didn’t sleep much; I was too excited. Instead, I finished reading The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien’s masterful novel about the Vietnam War: an odd reading choice for a bride-to-be, perhaps, but it definitely takes my mind off of the wedding.
BRISTOL — A 12-year-long conflict over a proposed gravel pit near downtown Bristol is likely at an end.
Judge Thomas Durkin of the Vermont Superior Court’s Environmental Division last week issued an order nullifying all previous permits and zoning decisions concerning the 26-acre gravel pit near Rounds Road and South Street in Bristol first proposed by Lathrop Limited Partnership in 2003.
Durkin’s July 20 order further stipulates that any new project proposal would be subject to current regulation.
VERGENNES — “I miss it. I’ll be honest: I miss it,” said Ann Rivers, who devoted more than two decades to serving her community on the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad. “When the sirens go, I miss it.”
Rivers, 66, retired from VARS this past April after 21 years spending countless hours in and out of ambulances and helping people in all kinds of emergency situations.
“But it’s time to travel and spend more time doing fun stuff,” Rivers, 66, said in a recent interview.
VERGENNES — The second year of Vergennes Union High School and Vergennes Union Elementary School summer programs funded by an $830,703 21st Century Learning Centers (21C) Grant is just now winding down, and includes a wide variety of offerings.
VUHS has been running summer and afterschool programs with help from 21C grants since 2009, when the school was first awarded $487,000 to support programming.
ADDISON COUNTY — More than a year since its founding, the Addison County Red Cross Disaster Team is looking to expand its cohort of volunteers.
A local chapter of the Vermont Red Cross, the team is currently a group of four local volunteers who help residents of Addison County in the event of a disaster. They meet once a month at the Middlebury Fire Department on Seymour Street, with the support of the fire department and Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley.
Team coordinator Jill Stackhouse said the Red Cross does more than people realize.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Middle School language arts teacher Meghan McGrath on Thursday morning gave 10 incoming middle school students their final instructions before they left a Vergennes Union High School classroom to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.
“Grab a snack. Grab a tool,” McGrath said.