May 26th, 2016
SALISBURY — Salisbury residents on June 2 will be asked to approve a $1 million plan to replace the Maple Street Bridge, a well-traveled, 97-year-old span in the village that has been steadily deteriorating.
The bridge replacement project is one of three referenda local citizens will field through the Australian ballot vote. Residents will also decide whether to:
Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a series of essays on Lucretius, an early philosopher who provides a link to “lost classics” through his epic poem “On the Nature of Things.”
VERGENNES — Recent presentations by Vergennes Union High School students marked an important milestone in the school’s decade-long transition to requiring students to demonstrate mastery of material before they graduate, rather than just sit in their seats and earn classroom credits.
All VUHS students throughout their careers are now responsible for documenting their learning through the school’s Proficiency Based Graduation Requirement (PBGR) program, and for presenting evidence at the end of each academic year of their progress.
BRISTOL — Rep. Dave Sharpe has confirmed to the Addison Independent that he will be a candidate for speaker of the Vermont House, should he be re-elected to his Addison-4 seat this November.
The Bristol Democrat, a 14-year veteran legislator and current chairman of the House Education Committee, is hoping to succeed incumbent Speaker Shap Smith. Smith is stepping down from his House seat and will run for lieutenant governor.
NEW HAVEN — New Haven residents have expressed their support for the proposed Vermont Green Line converter station by nearly a two-to-one margin.
Town officials polled them in a townwide survey that residents had a week to answer, and on Tuesday evening the results showed 252 residents in favor of the project and 128 residents against.
By EMILIE MUNSON
After a year of phone calls, waitlists and stretched patience, Katie Howe has just found a preschool opening for her 3-year-old son.
“It has been very difficult,” said Howe, a mother of two and an outreach worker at the Addison County Parent Child Center.
VERGENNES — Like probably most members of the Vergennes Union High School class of 2016, Panton resident Julia Johnson did not welcome last week’s mandatory Proficiency Based Graduation Requirement (PBGR) presentation.
An April email had reminded seniors what most had ignored or forgotten: They had to make a presentation of at least five minutes before their morning meeting peers and several teachers that reflected back on their academic and personal growth at VUHS.