July 21st, 2014
Imagine this: A child who is eager to explore, learn and grow is signed up for a program where every month he or she receives a package in the mail from a nice lady in Nashville containing a brand new book.
Impossible? Not quite.
Imagination Library is the name of this very charity that country music legend Dolly Parton established back in 1996 to help foster a love for reading among young children in East Tennessee.
ADDISON COUNTY — Weeks after announcing a hefty cost jump for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Pipeline project, Vermont Gas Systems on Thursday said it wouldn’t amend cost projections the company submitted to the Public Service Board for Phase II of the project that would extend the pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
“We don’t have any plans to do that,” company spokesman Steve Wark said.
RIPTON — Middlebury College has agreed to a new, 10-year agreement with the town of Ripton, through which the institution will make annual cash payments to the community and deliver free ski lessons to local school children in recognition of its non-taxable property.
“We’re delighted that we’ve completed the extension of our long-term financial commitment to the town of Ripton,” said Patrick Norton, vice president for finance and treasurer of the college. “Middlebury has deep roots in Ripton and we value that relationship greatly.”
VERGENNES — As Vergennes Union High School enters a time of academic transition, its top leadership team will have a different look this coming school year, although the members of that team are already well known at the school and to one another.
The VUHS board has changed co-principal Stephanie Taylor’s title to principal, and she will no longer have primary responsibility for just the middle school, but will now oversee grades 7 through 12.
MIDDLEBURY — Most residents of Middlebury are highly aware of the College’s Language School Program due to its conspicuous presence — it’s hard to ignore groups of students walking down the street in Middlebury conversing in anything from German to Chinese, but not English.
However residents, and even members of the program, might not be aware of one of the less-visible components of the Language Schools: the bilingual students.
MIDDLEBURY — Faced with a $30,000 budget shortfall and declining membership, Middlebury Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7823 officials said they may soon have to sell the organization’s club headquarters and event hall at 530 Exchange St. and meet elsewhere.
“A decision has to be made,” Post 7823 Commander Kenley Hallock said about the future of the VFW’s Exchange Street property. “There is not enough revenue.”
BRIDPORT — A solar orchard powering Middlebury’s Woodchuck Hard Cider recently won two honors at a national solar show.??The 150kW Bridport project utilizing Vermont-made AllSun Trackers was a “Project of Distinction” finalist and won “Project of Distinction 2014 Fan Favorite” at the PV America event in Boston in June.?
MONTPELIER — Bristol native Keil Corey will in mid-August join the staff of the Vermont Natural Resources Council in Montpelier as membership and outreach coordinator.
For almost two years, Corey has been an AmeriCorps member, working in the VNRC offices as a community energy and climate action organizer.