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March 28th, 2011
VERGENNES — City resident Catherine Brooks, the cultural heritage tourism coordinator for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, told the City Council at a March 22 meeting about an opportunity for Vergennes to link up with Plattsburgh to celebrate the upcoming 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
A pivotal event in that war is variously known as the Battle of Plattsburgh or the Battle of Valcour Island. The ships that fought in the winning U.S. side were built in Vergennes.
MIDDLEBURY — When radio pioneer Jay Allison spoke at Middlebury College on March 16, the turn out was significantly larger than anticipated. After moving to a larger auditorium to accommodate hoards of eager listeners, dozens of students and community members were turned away from the free talk due to what organizers called “a fire hazard.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College administration announced this month that it will launch two new schools in the Middle East in the coming years, bringing its total number of schools in the region to three.
Middlebury launched a program in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2007. Students in that program were evacuated in late January in the face of growing unrest in the country. The two new programs are in Beer Sheva, Israel, and Amman, Jordan.
VERGENNES — Vergennes planners, three city council members and three residents gathered on Monday, March 21, for a public unveiling and discussion of draft zoning regulations for three new zoning districts, some details of which planners expect to spark debate.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College student and Ripton native Pathik “Tik” Root has been detained in Syria by the authorities there since March 18, his father, Tom, told the Independent on Friday.
Tom Root said that in a Wednesday night meeting with the U.S. consul, Syrian authorities confirmed that they were “almost certain” that Tik Root was in their custody.
VERGENNES — Vergennes residents — and quite possibly those in Addison — will be going to the polls for a sixth time to decide the fate of proposed one-board governance for the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union. If the Unified Union proposal survives either one or two revotes, it would be the first significant consolidation move in Vermont.
ADDISON COUNTY — Two high school seniors who helped their teams reach Barre Auditorium share 2011 Addison IndependentGirls’ Basketball Player of the Year honors, Mount Abraham’s Jenn Loyer and Middlebury’s Katie Ritter.
Three more seniors, one each from Otter Valley, Vergennes and Middlebury, join them on the 2011 Addison Independent Girls’ Basketball All-Stars first team.