October 25th, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — Across the United States, nine teens have committed suicide in the past month, a result of anti-gay bullying.
While Vermont has been lucky enough to avoid similar sobering incidents, local school and community organizations are adding their voices to the nationwide campaigns aimed at remembering the teens who died and raising awareness about the issues that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) teens — and others — face.
ADDISON — Addison selectmen are sponsoring a Thursday evening forum at Addison Central School to explore the possibility of converting ACS into an independent private school, known as a town academy, that would serve Addison’s elementary-school-age pupils.
MIDDLEBURY — Last fall, Weybridge Elementary School sixth-graders were able to look at and even touch maps that were drawn more than 500 years ago — something that just less than a decade ago would not have been possible.
Middlebury College’s Special Collections archive, where the students were able to engage with the century-old maps, is only just beginning to see the light of day.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team entered Saturday’s home game riding high, with an 11-1 record, a five-game winning streak, a No. 13 ranking in NCAA Division III, and a chance to clinch first place in NESCAC against a Bates team that entered at 4-7-1 overall, 1-6-1 in the league.
Things didn’t go as planned.
Bates cashed in on its only shot on goal, a first-half direct kick, and then held on under relentless Panther second-half pressure for a 1-0 upset.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board is welcoming a new Middlebury member and is seeking to fill another vacancy created by the recent resignation of longtime Shoreham member Bill O’Neill.
Quinn Mecham will serve the balance of the term (through next February) of former UD-3 board member Connie Leach of Middlebury, who recently moved out of town. The ID-4 school board, which represents Middlebury, appointed Mecham to the position, which will then be up for grabs on Town Meeting Day next March. Mecham is an assistant professor of political science at Middlebury College.
BRISTOL — On Tuesday, the Bristol Energy Committee presented the Mount Abraham Union High School board with a plan to install solar panels on the roof of the school building.
But it will be awhile before Mount Abe opts for arrays.
“At this point, it’s just not cost-effective,” Chairman Lanny Smith said. “It would take 48 years before we would see any payback on them. It doesn’t make any sense.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Saturday, Oct. 30, will have an opportunity to celebrate the birth of a new downtown bridge as well as the 200th birthday of an iconic local inn.
In the race for lieutenant governor, Republican Phil Scott stands out as an independent thinker, a man of integrity, a competitor on anything with wheels that goes fast, and as sincere and nice a guy as you’re likely to find on the campaign trail.
Born and raised in Barre by his father, who had lost both his legs on D-Day, he learned early on how to rely on his own abilities, as well as to take responsibility for others when he could.
From that background he honed a political philosophy that can be boiled down to an overarching theme: self-reliance and community.