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ANeSU negotiations back on tap

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — For almost two years, Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) teachers have been working without a collective bargaining agreement. Representatives from the ANeSU teachers’ union are hoping to reach an agreement on Monday and shed the imposed conditions that they’ve been working under since January 2011.

The negotiations, slated for Monday, will be held behind closed doors in executive session.

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Orwell teacher bids farewell after 36 years

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ORWELL — In the 36 years since Sally (Gilmore) DeLancey, 57, first set foot in the Orwell Village School to start work as a kindergarten teacher, a lot has changed.

DeLancey, who is retiring from her position this month, said she has seen curriculum pushed ahead by leaps and bounds, and children have been required to know more and more in their early years.

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Locals weigh in on Middlebury town plan

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Planning Commission on Monday held its first of two public hearings on a draft of the revised town plan, a lengthy document that will be open to further changes based on community input during the coming months.

The state requires Vermont communities to update their town plans — blueprints for how municipalities see themselves currently and how they would like to grow in the future — every five years.

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College museum closes for plumbing work

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — This summer, those looking for art won’t find it at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

The museum’s sprinkler and plumbing system is undergoing significant repair work, which began in May and will continue until August, said Douglas Perkins, operations manager for the museum.

The museum, which is housed in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, will reopen Sept. 4, and the main exhibit for the fall, “China Modern,” will go up Sept. 13.

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Anderson brings hidden gem of opera to Town Hall Theater

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren and Trent Campbell



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MIDDLEBURY — On Friday, the Opera Company of Middlebury opens its ninth season with a production of “Thaïs by the renowned French composer Jules Massenet.

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Ferrisburgh farmers bottle their own milk

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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HINESBURG/FERRISBURGH — There’s a new brand of organic milk hitting the shelves in stores around Vermont from a Ferrisburgh farm that after years producing high-quality milk is now also bottling it and sending it to retailers.

Kimball Brook Farm has been milking 200 Jersey and Holstein cows and selling to the national market for 15 years. But when Cheryl and J.D. DeVos flipped the switch at their small Hinesburg bottling plant on May 17, they were marking a major transition to processor and distributor of their own milk.

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VUHS science teacher, 'agent of change,' retires

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Late one recent morning, Vergennes Union High School junior Ashley Stearns burst into Judy Wiger’s science classroom.

“I’m mad at you,” Stearns told Wiger. “I’m mad at you because you’re leaving.”

The two hugged, but Wiger told Stearns she couldn’t talk to her right then: Wiger had scheduled an interview to talk with a newspaper reporter about her retirement this month after three decades at VUHS.

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Class cultivates food for thought

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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BRISTOL — Last week, through a muggy, overcast haze, science teacher Gabe Hamilton and his sophomore Biology of Foods class diligently tended the Mount Abraham Union High School garden.

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Summer volunteers tend school gardens

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY –– Many Addison County schools have gardens that supply food to their lunch programs and teach students about agriculture during the academic year.

However, over the summer vacation, when these gardens need the most care, students are at home.

Three local schools — Ferrisburgh Central School, Lincoln Community School and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center — have figured out how to address this issue, with solutions ranging from committees to parent involvement to partnering with youth day camps.

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South Street makeover takes shape

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has agreed to permanently outfit South Street with a series of traffic calming measures — including five crosswalks — in recognition of the growing number of vehicles the residential street is being asked to bear.

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