Archive - Jun 23, 2008
By KATHRYN FLAGG
WEYBRIDGE — Josselyne Price’s tidy yellow house looks much like any of the other homes scattered among Weybridge’s intermittent grassy knolls — except, of course, for the flock of exotic drums sitting just inside the threshold of her front door.
“These are new,” said Price, indicating a set of Ghanaian drums, each carved from a single piece of tweneboa wood, decorated with notched ridges and topped with a drawn-tight skin. The largest stands at over five feet tall.
“You never know what you’re going to find out in the cow fields,” Price laughed.
Price, a percussionist and ethnomusicologist at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, will pack up her drums (new and old) this week, pile into a 12-passenger van and lead several members of the Akoma Drumming Ensemble south. She, her students and her drums are bound for New Orleans, where the ensemble will participate in Tulane University’s New Orleans Dance Festival and volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity Musicians’ Village.
Price will be joined on her trek by four St. Michael’s students — Dan Klug, Alex Furdon, Jud Wellington and Luke Lombardi — as well as Ghanaian master dancer and Seattle resident Awal Alhasson and Haitian master drummer and dancer Johnny Scovel.
“It’s always been a priority of mine to try and illustrate to my students that music is a part of your work and community,” said Price. “It has a value past entertainment, and for many cultures it’s a vital part of who you are socially, of your identity.
“I wanted to link the idea of music to service,” she continued, “and show them that music can make a difference in a community.”
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — This spring four Addison Northwest Supervisory Union teachers and one administrator with a decade on that job and 25 years of teaching experience are stepping down after a collective 164 years of service to district students.
All five have served ANwSU for at least 24 years. Leaving, in order of length of tenure, are:
• Vergennes Union High School agriculture program head Harmon Boyce, who started at VUHS in 1969.
• Vergennes Union Elementary School teacher Edward Wells, who has taught fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders there since 1971.
• ANwSU directional of instructional support services Thelma “Kitty” Oxholm, who began coordinating the ANwSU special education services in 1998 after starting as a VUHS special education teacher in 1973.
• Rita Smith, who began teaching first- and second-graders at VUES on a halftime basis in 1980 and went full-time at that level in 1984.
• Daryl Hatch, a VUHS middle school English teacher who started there at 1968, took time off to raise her family, and then returned to VUHS on a halftime basis in 1985 before going full-time in 1989.
All will be missed, said ANwSU superintendent Tom O’Brien.
“Clearly, they are the building blocks of the family. Addison Northwest has been referred to as a family of schools, and every family has its strong elements, and they are ours,” O’Brien said. “They are huge losses.”
VUHS Principal Ed Webbley said Boyce may be the most difficult of all to replace because of his specialty — months of advertising in conjunction with the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center and phone calls have yet to produce someone to take over the school’s ag program.
“Harmon is literally a tough act to follow. We are still in the process of a nationwide search,” Webbley said.
By JOHN FLOWERS
CORNWALL — Cornwall resident Roth “T’ Tall this year is poised to become governor.
No, he hasn’t decided to challenge Middlebury Republican Jim Douglas for the state’s top administrative job.
Tall, on July 1, will begin a one-year term as governor of Rotary International’s District 7850, a region with around 1,700 Rotarians in 41 clubs encompassing large portions of Vermont, New Hampshire and the Canadian province of Quebec.
Tall becomes only the fifth Addison County resident to serve as governor of the district since the Middlebury Rotary was established in 1927.
“I’m deeply honored,” said Tall, who became a Rotarian in 1979. “But this is not about me; this is about what the organization is doing.”
Rotary International is a worldwide service club organization with 1.2 million members in 200 countries and geographical regions, divided into 530 districts. Each district has a governor who serves for one year, visiting all the clubs within that district to foster better communication and more efficient coordination of Rotary’s many humanitarian efforts.
Rotary’s most high-profile humanitarian campaign to date has been its PolioPlus program. Since 1985, Rotarians have raised more than $600 million and offered untold volunteer hours to vaccinate more than 2 billion children throughout the world against polio. Tall noted there are now fewer than 1,000 cases of polio globally, a testament to Rotary’s efforts.