April 22nd, 2010
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board on Tuesday decided to solicit bids from outside food service vendors as the board continues to weigh its choices for overhauling the school’s cafeteria system.
Board chair Lanny Smith said that sending the project out to bid doesn’t mean the board will necessarily choose an outside company to run the school’s food service program, but simply leaves that option open for next year.
SHOREHAM — A group of Shoreham residents is hoping to plant the seeds for a new building that would rise from the ashes of the former Newton Academy site off School Street.
Newton Academy, which had been the state’s oldest standing secondary school building, burned on April 7 after being struck by lightning. A citizens’ group had been raising funds to restore the 1810 academy building for use as a community center and to potentially host Shoreham’s municipal offices.
BRISTOL — A group of movement and art teachers in Bristol are collaborating on a new, multi-purpose studio center on Main Street. Their goal: to provide space for everything from watercolor painting to yoga and dance classes under one roof.
The fruit of their labor — Open Sky Studio — opened earlier this month on Main Street in a brightly lit, 1,000-square-foot space above Cubber’s Restaurant.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials this week scheduled two more informational meetings for before the petitioned May 11 revotes in Vergennes and Addison of whether ANwSU should change to a one-board governance system.
Members of the ANwSU board will be on hand to answer questions on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Vergennes Union High School library, and on Wednesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at Addison Central School.
Political cartoonist Jeff Danziger nailed public sentiment recently when he captured the outrage Uncle Sam, and the nation’s taxpayers, feel after bailing out the largest national banks and financial firms only to now see them wallowing in obscene profits. The cartoon shows a fat-cat banker sporting a sinister grin with his arm around Uncle Sam’s shoulder and a coin poised on thumb and forefingers ready to flip the coin. The caption says: “C’mon… You’re a sophisticated investor. Heads I win, tails you lose…”
MIDDLEBURY — Tully & Marie’s will reopen on May 1 with new owners who will soon give the downtown Middlebury restaurant a new menu and a new name.
Cornwall residents Craig Goldstein and Chris English early this week officially acquired Tully & Marie’s at 7 Bakery Lane from previous owners Laurie Reed and Carolyn Dundon. Plans call for them to make some minor renovations to the building and reopen as Tully & Marie’s on May 1, then transition to a new menu and moniker — “Jackson’s on the River” — on June 1.
The state’s unemployment fund is facing a $184 million deficit by the end of 2011. That’s huge, and can’t be solved by a single proposal. Rather, a multi-pronged approach that will require the unemployed to do with less and employers to pay more is the only way a deficit of this size will be resolved quickly. Unfortunately, the state Legislature may again postpone action until the following session because the answers are too politically hot to tackle.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College last week acquired Addison House, a historic building on College Street in Middlebury, and plan to convert it into office space.
The previous owners of the building in February announced plans to shut its doors as a senior care facility. After 25 years in the senior care business, the owners approached Middlebury College as a potential buyer. Last week, college administrators closed the deal on the $700,000 building.