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June 23rd, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources bus drivers on June 11 voted 9-8 against unionizing through Teamsters Local 597.
Nadine Barnicle, community relations manager for ACTR, said the organization is committed to working with the drivers to resolve any issues that prompted them to take a union vote.
“We’re really confident we can all work together,” Barnicle said.
Teamsters Local 597 spokesman Tony St. Hilaire did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High/Middle School Facility Advisory Committee met on June 11 to discuss the future of the school building.
A spokesman for the group said it was a great start to the process of engaging the community in considering the condition of our Middle and High School and how we might invest in its improvement.
MONKTON — In a June 19 meeting with legislators and the head of the Department of Public Service, dozens of Monkton residents said they’re still nowhere close to signing easements with Vermont Gas Systems that will allow the company to lay a new pipeline across the town.
CORNWALL — The Cornwall Elementary School board’s search for an interim principal has ended virtually within shouting distance of the school.
Longtime Cornwall resident and former Salisbury Elementary School Principal Abi Sessions has been picked to lead the Bingham Memorial School during the next academic year.
FERRISBURGH — When people asked about her health last week, Ferrisburgh resident Mary Kerr told them she had “Kabul cough.”
The condition, she explained, results from a mixture of air pollution from cars and truck exhaust and dust kicked up in the dry areas in the Afghan capital. Kerr just returned from seven weeks teaching at a special boarding school for girls there.
Kerr will present a slideshow and give a talk on her experience in Afghanistan this Wednesday, June 25, at the Ilsley Public Library’s Community Room from 5-6:30 p.m.
When former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered a speech at Norwich last Thursday, she stayed true to the tune played during President George W. Bush’s eight years in office from 2000 to 2008 — that U.S. intervention in international affairs is the purview of the United States and our duty to make the world a safer place.
About the Vermont Gas pipeline and the dreaded “F” word — fracking:
Widely criticized “fracking” to increase oil and gas production is used worldwide. Its use in the U.S. has allowed our domestic production of oil to increase to where it accounts for about 50 percent of our needs.
MIDDLEBURY — When it comes to the world of theater, Steve Small is a veritable man for all seasons. He is a first-class actor, directs productions every year, is a whiz with the technical side of stagecraft and even knows how to create prosthetic zombie hands.
Last week the 57-year-old director of the Addison Repertory Theater and active actor was recognized not only for those skills, but more importantly for helping a generation or two of students to find their own way in the theater.