March 11th, 2013
BRISTOL — A Starksboro man would like Bristol-area school boards to be a little more transparent when negotiating teacher contracts, and he has filed a lawsuit that could be precedent-setting.
John Jefferies said in a complaint filed in court last week that the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union and Mount Abraham Union High School districts and their boards and committees have gone into executive session without cause during face-to-face and mediated meetings with representatives of the teachers’ union during contract negotiations.
BRISTOL — March is Youth Arts Month across the nation, and for the last nine years, Art on Main in downtown Bristol has marked the occasion with an Emerging Artists Exhibit that gives young Five Town Area artists an opportunity to shine in a professional gallery setting.
Students with exceptional talent and dedication to the arts from Mount Abraham Union High School are selected by Mount Abe art teachers for the annual gallery exhibition. Their art is professionally framed and displayed at Art on Main for the month of March.
MIDDLEBURY — As a child, Joshua Chamberlain loved to take mechanical things apart and put them back together again. He wanted to see what made them tick and make sure they kept ticking when he had reassembled them.
Now 41, Chamberlain is still taking stuff apart — only he is now getting paid for it. He has just opened The Laptop Shop on Middlebury’s Merchants Row, where he works out bugs in computers and a variety of other electronics for customers who might otherwise have to make the trek to Rutland or Chittenden counties.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents and those driving north on Route 7 have been watching the yearlong renovation of 29 North Pleasant St., a yellow house just north of Charter House and the Middlebury Inn dating back to 1901. The building was vacant for several years, in part because it was very energy inefficient.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents are being asked to weigh in on the idea of instituting a new town ordinance that would require property owners to clear snow from their own sidewalks.
A few local residents — noting the selectboard’s ongoing efforts to contain the municipal budget — recently pitched the shoveling ordinance as a means of cutting costs and promoting more community spirit.
BRIDPORT — Vermont Department of Health officials on Friday confirmed the causes of a stomach bug that swept through the Bridport Central School community last week and ultimately forced the cancellation of classes on Thursday and Friday.
The Department of Health Laboratory confirmed norovirus in a sample voluntarily collected from a person who became ill at the school.
MIDDLEBURY — At the second annual production of the Town Hall Theater’s “Shakespeare: It’s Elementary” program 110 students will perform “King Lear.” Performances are on Thursday, March 14, at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Students from three fifth-grade classes at Mary Hogan Elementary and one class each at Leicester Central and Shoreham Elementary have worked for 10 weeks on all elements of text and performance, including reading comprehension, stage fighting and scene craft, among others.
MIDDLEBURY — Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, is encouraging Addison County residents to watch and discuss a free screening of the HBO documentary film “Challenges” to better understand the nation’s obesity epidemic and inspire Vermonters to take action.
The film is part of the HBO series “Weight of the Nation” and highlights barriers to accessing healthy food and physical fitness. The movie will be screened and discussed on Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association Conference Room.