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November 25th, 2015
SHOREHAM — Shoreham voters on Dec. 2 will be asked to approve a five-year loan to fund a new, $177,901 truck for the community’s road department.
Local officials will explain the proposed purchase at a special meeting, slated for Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the town offices. Residents will then vote on the issue the next day, by Australian ballot, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., also at the town offices.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials have scheduled community forums in Addison and Ferrisburgh to explain to and get feedback from residents about the district’s effort to unify under Vermont’s new education law, Act 46.
Act 46, made law this past spring, offers financial benefits to school districts — and their taxpayers — that unify their governance under one common school board before this coming July.
Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.
MIDDLEBURY — Clear skies and mild temperatures helped bring out a large number of runners and such for the town of Middlebury’s 39th annual Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble this past Sunday. The races had 217 participants this year compared to 176 last year, according to Middlebury Recreation Director Terry Arnold.
The winners received a 20-pound frozen turkey. The event also raised $950 for charity.
MIDDLEBURY — Hospice Volunteer Services has much for which to be grateful: a community that has embraced its work, a beautiful office and garden in town, community members who train to become volunteers and give many hours of compassionate companionship and a deep connection with Sweet Charity, a household goods store in Vergennes.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe on Monday praised the Addison Central Supervisory Union for pursuing school governance consolidation under Act 46, and warned that districts that do not follow the same path may not survive in this era of declining enrollment and soaring education expenses.
VERMONT — One of our native wildlife species historically played an important role on Thanksgiving Day. North America’s native wild turkeys were the ancestors of the Thanksgiving turkey on our dinner table.
Originally found only in the wild, turkeys now exist as meat-producing domesticated derivatives — the broad-breasted white, broad-breasted bronze, white Holland, Bourbon red, and a host of other breeds — all of them descended from our native wild turkey.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The East Middlebury Memory Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m., with refreshments to follow at the East Middlebury Methodist Church.
To get some names honored on the tree, send $2/per name to Sandy Hayes, P.O. Box 225, East Middlebury VT 05740.