August 26th, 2014
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday directed the Department of Public Service to provide independent appraisals for landowners entering eminent domain proceedings with Vermont Gas Systems for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
The governor announced the policy changes in replying to a letter written by three Addison County legislators earlier this month, who expressed concerns about the project.
Middlebury's Mary Hogan Elementary School got a new playground this summer. If you're the parent of a young child, this is probably old news. I myself have taken my four daughters to what we call "The New Kidspace" on a weekly basis for the past month; they play on the playground while I gaze longingly at the school building and count the days until vacation ends.
VERMONT — The Young Writers Project is gearing up for another year of encouraging young people to write by soliciting work and publishing it online and in newspapers around the state, including the Addison Independent.
YWP is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences. It also reaches different audiences through a new digital magazine, The Voice, and partner web sites, vpr.net, vtdigger.org and cowbird.com.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union has hired David Boucher to serve as its new business manager. He most recently served as chief financial officer at Rice Memorial High School.
Boucher officially begins his job with the ACSU on Sept. 2. He was one of 20 applicants for the position, according to ACSU Superintendent Peter Burrows. Boucher will replace former Business Manager Laura Nassau, who left this past June to take a similar position with the Chittenden South Supervisory Union.
MIDDLEBURY — Teens and tweens would like a little more room at Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library.
That’s the recommendation from youngsters age 11 and up who were invited to the Main Street library this past Tuesday to discuss how the library currently serves their needs and how it could do a better job.
VERGENNES / IOWA CITY, Iowa — Vergennes resident Tom McGrath was proud last week of the efforts of the local Fraternal Order of Eagles and of all members of the international philanthropic organization for taking a major step toward stamping out the dreaded disease diabetes.
MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PAHCC) in Middlebury announces three new faculty and staff members joining the center for the 2014-2015 school year.
Len Schmidt is the center’s new adult technical education and cooperative education coordinator. Schmidt most recently was a classroom teacher at Hinesburg Community School. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s degree in English from Vermont College.
MIDDLEBURY — The longtime chairman of the board that oversees Middlebury Union middle and high schools resigned from the panel on Wednesday, Aug. 20, after accepting a job within the district’s athletic department.
“It was a tough decision for me to step down,” said Leonard Barrett, a Bridport resident who has served on the UD-3 school board for 11 years, five of them as chairman.