June 6th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union School Board set some guarded expectations for Gail Conley when they lured him out of retirement in 2011 for what was expected to be a one-year stint as superintendent: Help the seven-town district stay the course during a tumultuous period marked by two lawsuits, a fractured administrative office and negotiations for a new teachers’ contract.
It’s safe to say Conley greatly exceeded most school board members’ expectations.
MIDDLEBURY — Three years after moving into its new, 11,860-square-foot headquarters off South Street, the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA) is now ready to expand its billing, dispatching and education outreach services. A major goal is to generate more revenues to stay financially solvent in the face of a still-tough economy and health care reform efforts that could present new budget challenges for all of Vermont’s emergency response organizations.
VERGENNES — After 49 years of teaching, 44 of those either full- or part-time at Vergennes Union Elementary School, Marilyn Woods will retire this month at the age of 72.
Well, sort of.
VERGENNES — As the old adage goes, history repeats itself. And on Tuesday in the first round of the Division II baseball tournament, history did just that at Vergennes Union High School.
For the second time this season and for the second straight postseason, VUHS (11-6) outlasted Mount Abraham (6-11) in a highly anticipated match-up, 5-0, behind another stellar pitching performance from Devin Hayes, who quieted the Eagle bats earlier this spring in a 4-0 victory.
MIDDLEBURY — The No. 5 Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse team coasted in its first-round Division I playoff game against winless visiting No. 12 Spaulding on Tuesday, 16-2.
The victory sets up what should be a competitive quarterfinal on Friday at 7 p.m. at No. 4 Brattleboro (12-4). The 11-5 Tigers and the Colonels have two common opponents, Spaulding and Woodstock.
SALISBURY — Boosters of the Keewaydin Environmental Education Center (KEEC) have begun raising money in an effort to maximize the number of area students able to attend the camp each year.
Based in Salisbury along Lake Dunmore, KEEC “offers hands-on, experiential learning” in environmental studies. Drawing from the natural surroundings, KEEC leaders incorporate history, science, math, language arts, geology and physical education into a series of investigations that integrate with the school curriculums.
HINESBURG — The No. 14 Middlebury Union High School baseball team put a scare into No. 3 seed and defending Division I champion Champlain Valley on Tuesday, but the Redhawks rallied for two runs in the final inning to defeat the Tigers, 5-4.
“We outplayed them all the way through one out in the seventh inning,” said MUHS coach Charlie Messenger.
The Tigers finished at 3-13, while CVU advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 13-4 record.
VERGENNES — At their May 28 meeting, Vergennes aldermen began consideration of a proposed city spending plan for next year.
In other business, aldermen: