February 3rd, 2011
LINCOLN — Only tiny shoes were visible beneath a red and yellow papier-mâché dragon as students at Lincoln Community school wove down the hallway last Friday, leading the other students in a colorful parade past classrooms.
Students created the traditional Chinese New Year dragon to kick off the festival that marked the culmination of the school’s month-long unit on China.
For the entire month of January, students in kindergarten through fourth grade studied various aspects of Chinese history and culture to gain a greater understanding of the world outside Vermont.
BRISTOL — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, Vermont Community College and Vermont Adult Learning will see a fourth adult learning center joining their ranks in the near future.
But the Hogback Community College, based in the forests of the Five-Town region around Bristol, is not like other continuing education centers. For one thing, it has no building.
And students enrolled in the Hogback Community College won’t be receiving grades or even credit for the courses they take.
MIDDLEBURY — A poem about an old Vermont farmhouse and a sustainability-inspired haiku — this is what Middlebury College students have envisioned for an upcoming collaborative project that will get the students and community members working together.
While architecture and physics students muse over the best way to create a solid envelope out of plywood and insulation in an attempt to bring home the gold at the Solar Decathlon competition next fall, two students are thinking more outside the box.
MIDDLEBURY — Residents in six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s (ACSU) seven member towns will vote this March on proposed 2011-2012 elementary school budgets that proposed lower spending than this year’s.
GOSHEN — Even on a quiet weekday with the forecast for snow, the entry hallway at Blueberry Hill Inn smelled like soup, and owner and innkeeper Tony Clark was rolling mascarpone cheese and pears into pastry dough for the next day’s breakfast.
Clark appeared unhurried, his actions effortless — a tribute to his four decades running the inn and Nordic ski center on Goshen-Ripton Road.
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team picked up a much-needed win on Tuesday, 42-18, at the expense of visiting Vergennes.
The Tigers used smothering defense — VUHS did not score in the first quarter — and what Coach Cindy Atkins called a more poised and patient approach on offense to snap a six-game losing streak and improve to 3-6.
“I saw a lot of growth tonight. I’m really happy. I saw some nice things offensively, and we showed more of a spark defensively,” Atkins said.
It’s become an almost daily occurrence.
My wife, Dottie, and I will be watching the news or a major sporting event on television and a commentator will reveal a major transgression by a politician or athlete who somehow survives the scandal to legislate or play another day.
Dottie’s response: “It’s all about the money.”
I used to scoff at that saying, but a couple of recent cases are proving Dottie 100-percent correct.
Sen. Bernie Sanders has already started organizing and raising money for his re-election campaign in 2012. Meanwhile, State Auditor Tom Salmon has told reporters and Republican activists that he is likely to announce in early March that he will be a candidate for the U.S. Senate next year. Sanders will file petitions to appear on the ballot as an independent, but he could also win the Democratic primary on write-in votes.