February 3rd, 2011
On most mornings this time of year, she gets out of bed at 5 a.m. so she can be at the rink at 6.
Some days she has company from other skaters, whom she joins in rehearsals for synchronized numbers they’ll perform as a group in the Winter Carnival ice show.
Other mornings, though, she’s alone. The ice is fresh from the previous night’s Zamboni sweep and the only sound is the scrape of her skates. She practices her solo routine or works on “moves in the field” so she can pass the next test of skating proficiency.
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Shoreham resident Blanca Flores wasn’t prepared for the snow when she moved to Vermont from El Salvador in the winter of 2006.
She also wasn’t prepared for the food.
At the time, her husband, who had already been working in the United States for about nine years, was a farmhand at Kayhart Farms in Waltham. That was where Flores first encountered things like baked beans and peanut butter — foods she’d never come across back home.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County is generally recognized as a state leader in bias-free policing policies. Still, members of the Addison County Farm Worker Coalition say there is work to be done.
BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers voted on Thursday to strike on Feb. 9 unless the committee negotiating on behalf ANeSU school boards agrees to return to the negotiating table to reach a settlement.
Teachers are currently working under the imposed contract terms voted on by ANeSU board members on Jan. 5. Now teachers are urging board members to reopen contract negotiations for the remainder of the 2010-2011 school year.
ADDISON — The new Champlain Bridge isn’t due to be unveiled for another eight months, but a group of citizens from both sides of the lake is already planning a two-day inaugural extravaganza they hope will serve the added purpose of getting tourists and shoppers reacquainted with the region.
The celebration is being organized by the Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC), a group that will spend the coming months brainstorming ideas and raising funds for a fitting opening tribute for the $70 million span.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents will be asked this spring to launch a multi-year makeover of Mary Hogan Elementary School’s playground facilities, including replacement of the popular Kidspace apparatus.
Residents at the annual ID-4 school district meeting in April will be asked to earmark up to $10,000 in education reserve money for Middlebury-based LandWorks to design a new playground plan for the recreation spaces along the northern and eastern borders of the Mary Hogan building.
VERGENNES — Voters in the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns who want to learn more about the proposed unification of ANwSU governance under one board have a number of ways to do so before March 1 voting in each town.
ANwSU officials have scheduled one more informational forum devoted solely to unification — at the Addison Central School on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.
ANwSU Superintendent Tom O’Brien also said unification questions will be welcome at school meetings in Addison and Ferrisburgh and at the annual meetings for Vergennes Union high and elementary schools.