March 5th, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — As schools around the county scramble to keep up with rapid developments in information technology, leading educators have repeatedly voiced concern that education models embraced 10-20 years ago aren’t cutting it anymore. And students who don’t fit the traditional education mold are getting left behind.
VERGENNES — The John W. Graham Emergency Shelter for the Homeless is seeking volunteers to work with clients to increase their chances of finding — and keeping — permanent housing.
Shelter officials are preparing to launch a mentorship program for area folks to provide friendship, support and guidance to homeless individuals and families who can be overwhelmed by the bureaucratic hoops and transportation hurdles involved in acquiring housing and employment.
MIDDLEBURY — The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recognized Porter Medical Center President James L. Daily with its 2012 Grassroots Champion Award.
MIDDLEBURY — The Gailer School, an innovative independent middle and high school in Middlebury, will close its doors for good this spring, with leaders citing declining enrollment and a strained budget as the primary reasons for the difficult decision.
“Between the struggling economy and the shrinking demographics of Addison County, it has made it really difficult for the private secondary school to recruit enough students,” said Gailer Headmaster Lonny Edwards.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen and the contracted buyer of a town-owned parcel have reached an agreement to extend for a second time a key purchase contingency of the $375,000 contract.
Montpelier’s Eastern Development Corp. now has until June 30 to market its still-undisclosed plans for the town’s 34.9-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.
The most expensive service our government provides to its citizens, other than heroic healthcare in Medicare, Medicaid and the VA, is to lock them up.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, the annual average cost per prisoner in 2008 was $26,000 at the federal level and $24,000 at the local level. Small states like Rhode Island and Vermont estimate their costs much higher, about $35-$45,000 a year. This is two to three times our per-pupil cost for public education.
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday night in Pepin Gymnasium, the Middlebury College men’s basketball team shrugged off an early deficit and defeated Albertus Magnus, 89-73, to win the NCAA Division III Regional Final.
About 12 hours later, the 26-3 Panthers got more good news: They will host an NCAA Sectional this Friday and Saturday, with game times to be announced on Monday.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to a Monkton Road home in Monkton at just past midnight on Wednesday for a report of a family fight.
Troopers said that their investigation on the scene revealed that Layna Coursey, 20, assaulted a subject with whom she is in a domestic relationship. While being placed into custody, Coursey allegedly assaulted a trooper.
Police cited her for domestic assault and assault on a law enforcement officer and lodged her at the Chittenden County Correctional Center with bail set at $2,500.