October 28th, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — A majority of Vermont lawmakers and Secretary of State Deb Markowitz find themselves at odds with many town clerks on the subject of a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections.
The amendment — also known as Proposition 5 — would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections, provided they turn 18 before the ensuing general election. The question will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot and has already been approved by two successive sessions of the Vermont General Assembly.
CORNWALL — Christine Hadsel and Suki Fredericks picked up what looked like a ratty, rolled-up drop-cloth and placed it on an expansive table in the Cornwall town office conference room late last week.
But as they gently unfurled the fabric, it became clear that this was not a piece of throwaway fabric.
Each turn of the roll revealed more real estate of a beautifully painted, late-summer lake scene, replete with lush trees surrounding an azure waterway with rolling hills in the background.
MIDDLEBURY — The message was clear at the Vermont Environmental Consortium’s annual expo at Middlebury College: More green training is necessary for Vermont to have a truly green economy.
“Vermont definitely has the opportunity to keep more jobs and more money in the state,” said Melissa Levy, of St. Albans-based Yellowwood Associates.
MIDDLEBURY — One in 12 households in Vermont could not afford to put food on the table between 2006 and 2008, Joel Berg told a small group of Middlebury College students last Friday.
Berg kicked off Middlebury College’s fall symposium, “American Poverty in Context” at the end of last week in a lunchtime discussion session at the college by addressing an issue that, for Vermonters, hit close to home.
BRISTOL — Around 80 Bristol Elementary School third- and fourth-grade students hiked three miles and raised around $600 to support the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger’s 14th annual Hike for Hunger last Thursday.
The students began their hour-and-a-half hike downtown and walked up to Mount Abraham Union High School and back through the neighborhoods to the school, accompanied by their teachers and several parents.
“We went right through town,” third-grade teacher David Bouchard said. “We got a really good response.”
HANCOCK — Hancock, Ripton and East Middlebury residents are breathing easier in wake of the capture, at the Middlebury Snow Bowl, of a man whom authorities have termed a “strong suspect” in the recent murder of Kathleen Smith, 50, of Burlington.
Residents along Route 125 had been on high alert following the discovery of Smith’s abandoned car off Texas Falls Road in Hancock, just a few days before her body was discovered in her home on Burlington’s Park Street on Oct. 18.
SWANTON — At Missisquoi on Saturday, the Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams breezed to wins at the Metro Conference small-school championships, at which also individual runners from Mount Abraham and Vergennes fared well.
The top four Tiger girls ran 1-2-3-5 in the small-school standings to secure the win, and junior Emily Anderson was the small-school champion in 19:49.10.
Their point totals were merged with the large schools for scoring purposes, and the MUHS girls tallied 141, 100 points better than second-place BFA-Fairfax.
MIDDLEBURY — On Oct. 7 a group of important figures in Vermont’s education system — including education commissioner Armando Vilaseca — gathered at the Middlebury Inn to discuss career and technical programs and the role that philanthropic organizations can play in these programs.
In attendance were representatives of charitable organizations and individual donors, legislators and career and technical program administrators, all there to take a look at the current state of vocational education and what philanthropic institutions can do to help those programs expand their offerings.