April 10th, 2015
Seldom does a musical pack such an emotional punch, grabbing you from its heart-wrenching start on the one hand, to the height of joyous love on the other. “The Last Five Years,” now playing at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, does just that — and more.
It’s funny, fast-moving, brilliantly crafted and stars two powerhouse veterans of the THT stage in Mike McCann (Javert in Les Misérables and Father in Ragtime) and Kim Anderson (who stole the show with her stunning performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.)
MIDDLEBURY — Around 150 Middlebury residents turned out at the ID-4 school district annual meeting on Wednesday, April 8, to overwhelmingly pass a proposed 2015-2016 Mary Hogan Elementary School budget.
They also agreed, after a spirited discussion, to change the date for future ID-4 annual meetings to the first Tuesday in March, and decided to vote on future Mary Hogan Elementary spending plans by Australian ballot, instead of from the floor of the annual meeting.
BRISTOL — Bristol residents on Tuesday will cast ballots on a new Bristol Elementary School spending plan for next year that shaves a fraction of a percent off the proposal they defeated on Town Meeting Day. But despite asking for $2,700 less in spending, the new budget would restore some instructional positions targeted to be cut by reducing spending in other areas.
SHOREHAM — Addison County State Sen. Chris Bray, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee, will seek legislative approval for a “working group” that would study the manner in which the Vermont Public Service Board reviews and approves energy projects, and then propose ways to improve that process.
BRISTOL — Two Mount Abraham Union High School teachers are the recipients of a $100,000 grant to further their research into new ways to assess student performance.
Science teachers Andrew Jones and Gabe Hamilton this month were selected to the 2015 class of Rowland Foundation Fellows. They plan to continue their work on standards-based grading, a comprehensive approach to student assessment that supplements final number or letter grades.
SHOREHAM — “It’s been extraordinarily frustrating,” Rep. Diane Lanpher said of Vermont Health Connect’s track record to date. The Vergennes Democrat gave those remarks during a discussion with other local lawmakers of the state’s health care exchange at a Legislative Breakfast in Shoreham Monday morning.
“What started as really good policy at the federal level could not be rolled out in a way that … met where the policy was going,” Lanpher added.
SHOREHAM — Local lawmakers at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast at the Shoreham Congregational Church shared details the fiscal year 2016 state budget of $1.46 billion.
Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, a member of the House Appropriations Committee explained what was a difficult process of closing a $113 million revenue shortfall. The committee ultimately recommended $52.8 million in long-term cuts, $23.8 million in one-time cuts and revenues, $35 million in new fees and taxes, and $1.7 million in earnings from renting prison beds to the federal government.