August 5th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — New Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Peter Burrows has only been on the job for a short time, but that has not stopped him from thinking big.
Burrows, 42, last week unveiled a series of goals for the ACSU that include a long-term action plan, boosting the district’s technology resources and programming, and increasing public outreach to students and their families.
Editor’s note: This story was supplied by MaKayla Foster, president of the Cornwall Musketeers 4-H.
NEW HAVEN — Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven is quickly approaching and for the third straight year, the Cornwall 4-H Musketeers of Middlebury are hoping that you’ll stop by their “Cards for Soldiers” booth in the 4-H Youth Exhibit Hall sometime between Aug. 6-10 to make a handmade card with some encouraging words for an American soldier to say thank you for fighting for our freedom.
LEICESTER — The town of Leicester has been awarded a $28,000 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help control invasive species on Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake, located in the towns of Leicester and Salisbury. The control program is coordinated and operated by the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association.
WHITING — “He’s a good boy, but of course, he’ll kill you.”
On a beautiful Vermont summer day, Jeanne Lamoureaux Wood was standing outside the eight-foot-high electrified fence with her husband, Bob, on their Whiting farm admiring their bull buffalo, Sparky.
Cocktail hour among the chattering class is particularly entertaining this summer as they parse the lives of disgraced politicians seeking to be reborn. Of particular note is former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is seeking to replace outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer who, at the last moment, decided to cast his hat into the ring for city controller.
BRISTOL, Conn. — The Mount Abraham 11-and-12-year-old Little League softball all-star team that won the Vermont champions in early July posted a 1-3 record at the Eastern Regional Tournament, which was played in Bristol, July 20-24. It was the first time in memory that a Vermont Little League team had scored a victory in a regional tournament.
“The girls had an experience of a lifetime,” said Lisa Hoff, mother of a team member. “It was amazing to be one of 11 teams representing over 600 Little Leagues in 11 states in the Eastern Region.”
This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
Heroin in Vermont
The danger in believing we are special is that it can blind us to what’s right under our noses. We mix and drink our Kool-Aid and then bask in our self-esteem. Vermont is a wonderful place. It is not, however, special or immune.
VERMONT — How many broods of wild turkeys are you seeing in Vermont, and how many young turkeys, or poults, are roaming with their mothers?
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking people who see turkeys during August to report their sightings in the state’s seventh annual online turkey brood survey.
The turkey brood survey can be found on the department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). The survey allows entry of the numbers of adult males, adult females and poults as well as the date, time and location of the observations.