April 19th, 2012
ORWELL — Teachers and boards in the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union have ratified a three-year contract after months of deliberation and a narrowly averted teacher strike.
The new contract was completed with the help of a federal mediator just hours before the teacher strike was set to begin on March 21. The agreement applies to teachers across the supervisory union for the current school year and runs through summer 2014.
VERMONT — The crew at Dragonheart Vermont — a dragon boat team comprised of breast cancer survivors — has paddled together for almost a decade through serious health conditions and grueling global competitions. And this year, they’ve paddled their way to the origin of dragon boat racing, China’s Pearl River Delta. There they’ll compete in the International Dragon Boat Federation’s Club Crew World Championships in Hong Kong.
BRISTOL — Dozens of Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) educators showed up at a joint meeting of the six district school boards Tuesday night to demand a new multi-year contract by the end of the school year.
The teachers have been working without a negotiated contract since June 30, 2010, and they’ve been doing so under imposed conditions.
BRISTOL — After five years at Mount Abraham Union High School, Co-Principal Leon Wheeler will step down at the end of this school year to take up the head post at Winooski High School.
The decision was based on economic reasons, commuting distance and the opportunity to lead a diverse and developing school, said Wheeler.
BRISTOL — Watch out Bristol businesses, you’re about to get mobbed.
Cash mobbed that is.
Planned by a loose organization known as Cash Mob Vermont, a group of unknown size will descend upon the gateway to the Green Mountains this Saturday afternoon to patronize local businesses. Organizers from Cash Mob Vermont said that at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, anyone from anywhere can meet on the Bristol green to partake in the mobbing. The only thing you need to bring is cash, at least $20 to be precise.
MIDDLEBURY — Last month the Addison County Regional Planning Commission installed two charging stations for electric and plug-in vehicles on the east side of their Seminary Street building in Middlebury.
The chargers are part of a larger project to introduce and test the feasibility of electric and plug-in vehicles in Vermont. The planning commission last year outfitted a used Toyota Prius with an extra 5-kilowatt battery that gives the car up to 100 miles to the gallon.
ADDISON COUNTY — The warm, dry weather this spring is unusual, but to some farmers it’s come as a welcome change from last year.
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, precipitation totals at the Burlington weather station are running about 3.3 inches below average, at just over 7 inches since Jan. 1. Vermont also saw record high temperatures in March. With little precipitation and very little snowmelt, the fields and forests are unusually dry.
VERGENNES — In a hard-fought, if not necessarily artistic, high school boys’ lacrosse game on Tuesday, Mount Abraham snapped a third-quarter tie at Vergennes and held on for its first win of 2012, 9-7.
After VUHS sophomore attacker J.T. O’Brien knotted the score at 4-4 at 55 seconds after halftime, the Eagles went on a 4-1 run over the next seven minutes, including both of freshman middie Gus Catlin’s goals in the game, a goal and an assist from senior attacker Conor McDonough, and one of sophomore Travis Bachand’s team-high four goals.