Archive - Feb 2011
VERGENNES — The recent release of last fall’s New England Common Assessment Practice (NECAP) test scores brought mixed news to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, ranging from positive results at Addison Central School that earned statewide notice to stagnant math scores at Vergennes Union High School that disappointed local administrators.
Results at Vergennes Union Elementary and Ferrisburgh and Addison central schools bettered state averages, and students at VUES, FCS and ACS also showed improved math and English test scores over time.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on April 13 will vote on a 2011-2012 Mary Hogan Elementary School spending plan of $5,899,867, which represents a 2.22-percent increase compared to this year.
It is a budget that maintains current staffing levels, does not add any new programs and recognizes an enrollment increase of 10 students (for a total of 400), according to Mary Hogan Elementary Co-Principal Tom Buzzell.
MIDDLEBURY — Montpelier is the only state capital in the country without a McDonald’s restaurant.
BRANDON — A prominent Brandon building is up for sale — the McKernon Group’s building at Park Village.
The Redstone Group is listing the headquarters of longtime Brandon builder Jack McKernon’s business for the first time this week, but Jan Smith, who is in charge of marketing for the company, said that the building is simply too big for the company’s needs now.
“We’ve got an awful lot of space here for the number of staff we have,” she said.
ADDISON — Addison residents on March 1 will have a choice between two long-tenured public servants in a race for three-year term on the town’s selectboard.
Incumbent Kimball Provencher and challenger Rob Hunt have about a combined and evenly split 40 years of service to Addison between them.
ADDISON — Addison residents on March 1 will have a clear choice between two candidates for one seat on the proposed 12-member Addison Northwest Supervisory Union board.
That Unified Union (UU) board could replace the five boards that now operate the four ANwSU schools, but will only come into being if all five ANwSU towns back the one-board unification plan on Town Meeting Day.
MONTPELIER — Two years ago, dairy farmers and advocacy groups across the state celebrated a victory when the state passed Act 62, the Raw Milk Bill, allowing farmers to sell small amounts of raw milk directly to consumers.
Henry David Thoreau and Emily Dickinson never met in real life, but local playwright and actor Jim Stapleton has imagined what their meeting might have been like in his two-person play “Henry and Emily: The Muses in Massachusetts.” The play, which opens at the Town Hall Theater Friday night, stars Stapleton and his wife, Diana Bigelow, and includes poems and passages from published and private writings by Thoreau and Dickinson.