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October 26th, 2015
VERGENNES — Anyone who wants to replace Alderman Joe Klopfenstein on the Vergennes City Council has until Nov. 5 to send a letter of interest.
Klopfenstein recently announced he would step down at the end of November to teach veterinary science in Oregon.
Members of the Vergennes City Council said at their Oct. 13 meeting that they would like to have his replacement on the job in December. Whoever steps in would only be guaranteed a spot until Town Meeting Day and would have to decide in January whether to take out a petition to get on the ballot in March.
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee is inviting residents of the five union towns to an Oct. 28 forum to learn more and ask questions about potential ANwSU unification under Vermont’s new education law, Act 46.
Act 46 created more incentives than were available when ANwSU previously considered unification, and also for the first time created penalties for those that do not do so in a timely manner.
The forum on this coming Wednesday will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Vergennes Union High School library.
MIDDLEBURY — The endowment of Middlebury College has inched above $1 billion in the past year.
The institution recently announced that on June 30 the value of Middlebury’s endowment stood at $1.10 billion — up $19.1 million from a year earlier. The change in the endowment from year to year is determined by investment gains and losses plus new gifts, minus the annual payout to help fund the operations of the institution.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Supreme Court will travel to Addison County and sit in the Frank Mahady Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 28, to hear oral arguments in seven cases.
The public is invited to attend and watch the justices hear arguments in cases that could set legal precedents in Vermont. The arguments will begin at 9 a.m. at the courthouse, which is at 7 Mahady Court, just off Court Street behind Shaw’s supermarket.
It came from the lake. It is a life form nearly as old as life itself. Living peacefully in the depths for eons, it is awakened by humankind’s abuse of the environment. It strikes out with toxins that attack nerves or the liver. Attempts to kill it only make it more toxic.
MONKTON — The Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School Board is seeking a Monkton resident interested in serving on the 13-member school board as the result of a recent vacancy.
After seven years of service, longtime Mt. Abe board member Shawna Sherwin submitted her letter of resignation to ANeSU board chair Dawn Griswold on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Sherwin was elected to a three-year term, which officially expires in 2018.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting and dinner of the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Patton became 17th president of Middlebury on July 1, 2015. She joined Middlebury after serving for four years as dean of Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and as the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion. At Duke, she oversaw 36 academic departments and programs in arts and sciences for the school.
VERGENNES — On Friday, Sept. 19, Northlands Job Corps formally kicked off another year of its anti-bullying program with a special assembly. It was the culmination of the official Y2Y (Youth-to-Youth) Week at the federal job training program in Vergennes.