April 9th, 2012
VERGENNES — Health care workers at the Stone Soup Conference in Vergennes last Tuesday agreed that increasing nutritious, local foods in schools needs to be a priority.
“There are some huge nutrition problems,” said Mary Gill, school nurse at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury. “They have a huge impact on students’ ability to learn.”
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library Board of Trustees Chair Sandra Carletti has announced that David Clark, library director, will retire March 15, 2013.
“The town of Middlebury has been fortunate to have David Clark as library director,” said Carletti, speaking for the board. “Over the last 16 years, David has approached all aspects of library operations with confidence, a high level of competence and a desire to provide excellent library services for the Middlebury community and beyond.”
John Calipari sits at the center of the sports world today. He’s the coach of the University of Kentucky basketball team that won the NCAA title last night against the Kansas Jayhawks.
His team was not only the better team, but it was a team made up of sophomores and freshmen, and Mr. Calipari expects that most of them will not play for the university another season. They will be top draft picks for the NBA.
It’s about the money. Tons of it.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School baseball season got off to a promising start on Monday, when the Otters doubled up visiting Green Mountain Union, 10-5, on a cold, blustery afternoon in the opener for both teams.
OV snapped a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out, two-run single by junior catcher Thomas Roberts, and then broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Over the last eight years, the number of students participating in the Vermont free and reduced-price meal program has skyrocketed (click here for the full story).
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories that look at how the numbers of local families accessing food assistance programs have changed in the past decade.
ADDISON COUNTY — The number of children across Vermont and Addison County who are enrolled in the free and reduced-price school meal program has exploded in recent years — more than doubling in some local schools.
MIDDLEBURY — Most local lawmakers said they are not keen on intervening in a case involving the proposed return to electricity ratepayers of around $21 million that was used to help stabilize Central Vermont Public Service Corp. in 2001 when it ran into some financial trouble.
CVPS, the state’s largest utility, weathered that financial storm (associated with hydro-power contracts) and is now on the verge of being acquired by, and merged with, Green Mountain Power (GMP) — which is owned by Montreal-based Gaz Metro.
ADDISON COUNTY — Once upon a time, March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb, but not this year. This past March came in like a lamb and went out like a hot tamale, throwing local residents, businesses and some wildlife for a loop. And the string of 70- and 80-degree days late in March followed an unusually warm and dry winter.
How to sum up the winter of 2011-2012?