October 14th, 2010
LEICESTER — In front of a group of his peers on Tuesday morning, third-grader Noah Witt’s hair was standing on end.
This wasn’t just some kind of pre-Halloween trick. Standing in the National Science Center Mobile Discovery Unit — an 18-wheeler — Witt was feeling the effects of static electricity being pumped through his body by a Van de Graaf generator.
Students from Leicester Central School, Whiting Elementary School and Sudbury Country School gathered in Leicester on Tuesday to spend an hour inside the semi-trailer truck equipped with a full array of science gadgets.
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials and the owner of the Grist Mill Island in the Otter Creek Falls have reached a deal that both sides hope will end both an ongoing Development Review Board permit process and Environmental Court case that together have lingered for more than two years.
The reactions by the two leading candidates for governor on the latest news from Vermont Yankee speaks volumes about each candidate’s approach to leadership — and each has its pros and cons.
Democrat Peter Shumlin, a long-time proponent of Vermont Yankee until shortly after it was purchased by Entergy, came out swinging and is more convinced than ever that a tough approach needs to be taken by the state to avoid sticking Vermont taxpayers with unforeseen costs down the road as a consequence of the tritium leaks.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Wright Theater will undergo a makeover next week as a large-scale mural of Vermont artist Sabra Field’s “Cosmic Geometry” is painted onto it’s backside.
Local school board members and school officials are in the midst of finding out just how tough it is to cut 2 percent out of the budget. For the UD-3 board, which oversees the Middlebury Union Middle School and High School, that 2 percent amounts to $341,565 out of a $15,445,919 budget. But, as UD-3 Supt. Lee Sease said, the cuts really amount to closer to 4 percent because of the added cost of inflation.
That $341,565 reduction in expenses, therefore, becomes $661,000 — and that’s not small change.
LINCOLN — Louella Bryant’s writing career — much like the title of her most recent book — is beginning to blossom. Premier Book Awards recently named “Full Bloom,” the Lincoln resident’s collection of 14 short stories, the Best Book of the Year in the General Fiction category.
BRISTOL — After seven scores and three lead changes during Tuesday’s high school girls’ soccer game between Vergennes and Mount Abraham, the host Eagles enjoyed the happiest goal celebration.
With 1:09 left in regulation, the Eagles capped a late rally when reserve forward Charlotte Paul popped in a loose ball from close range to make the score 4-3.
When the Commodores’ final bid missed — middie Lexa Higbee hit the side netting at 0:45 — the Eagles had earned their second win of the season, and had done so at the expense of a rival squad that has had their number in recent years.
MIDDLEBURY — When Bill McKibben and his 350.org team planned the 10/10/10 global work party/rally, they envisioned many smaller events cropping up in communities all over the world in place of the gigantic gathering of 2009.
But on Sunday, those small, sustainability-themed events really added up, said the Ripton resident and chief organizer.