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November 10th, 2014
STARKSBORO — This summer, Stephen Ahern taught Isaiah Szczecienski how to build a skin boat. The two worked all summer — using nearly all donated materials — making plans, bending wood and tying the “skin” to the frame to make a watertight canoe, fit for its maiden voyage on Lake Iroquois. The two presented their completed project to the students and staff of Robinson School at a weekly MARS (Meeting At Robinson School) gathering.
WILLISTON — The team of six Mary Hogan Elementary School students won the regional fifth- and sixth-grade team spelling bee, held at Williston Central School on Nov. 1. They will compete for the state title Nov. 15. in Northfield against teams from Barre, Manchester, South Burlington (Frederick Tuttle Middle School) and West Brattleboro (Academy School).
Members of the Mary Hogan team, who practice regularly during recess and lunch hours, are Chloe Clark, Ava Devost, Ivy Doran, Saskia Gori-Montanelli, Sophie Pope McCright and Sofia Stefani.
ADDISON/STARKSBORO — Two Addison County towns have found different answers to a challenge posed by revisions the Legislature made to Vermont’s Open Meeting Law this past session, a challenge shared by a number of towns statewide.
Vermont towns have always been required to make available drafts of meeting minutes within five days. The revised law also requires towns with websites to post those draft minutes online in that same timeframe.
SALISBURY — While Bristol is facing pressure from state officials to close its municipal dump as soon as next year and quickly come up with the estimated $1.5 million to do so, Salisbury — home to the only other unlined landfill still operating in Vermont — is on course to keep its facility open for another two decades and has already put away enough savings to cover closure costs.
MIDDLEBURY — An impartial federal mediator will help Porter Medical Center and the new nurses’ union negotiate a first-ever contract.
CORNWALL — When times are tough, you find out who your real friends are.
Three weeks after being seriously injured in a fall, Cornwall resident Brian Trombley is finding out he has more friends than he could have ever imagined. The evidence has been popping up daily in his family’s kitchen in the form of casseroles and other tasty meals, courtesy of some folks he had never even met before.
MIDDLEBURY — Tucked away at the base of a terraced slope overlooking the Otter Creek Falls on the Marble Works property in downtown Middlebury stands a shiny plaque flanked on each side by several large, granite stones.
The plaque reads, “Stay as long as you can, when you must go, take it all with you all of your days.”
BRISTOL — A Bristol man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and interfering with access to emergency services, after he allegedly struck a woman several times and then took her cell phone away to prevent her from calling authorities on Nov. 1.
Jason P. Vincent, 30, was lodged on $2,500 bail at the Chittenden County Correctional Center following the alleged incident at a home off Briggs Hill Road.