April 21st, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union board and the three unions representing district teachers have signed off on a new, three-year agreement that affords educators average annual salary increases of around 3.6 percent and requires them to pay 15 percent of their health care premiums by the third year of the pact.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Fire Facility Site Selection Committee will recommend a location for a new town firehouse at the selectboard meeting Monday evening.
“We’re ready to go in there and bring the selectboard up to speed on where we’re at,” committee member and Bristol Fire Department Chief Brett LaRose said late last week.
MIDDLEBURY — While the name above the door may change, downtown Middlebury will keep its diner. After 25 years of successful operation, owners Steve and Beth Dow have handed over the keys to Steve’s Park Diner to Caetlin Harwood and Carl Roesch.
“The National Restaurant Association figures the average age of a restaurant is between three to four years,” Steve Dow said after closing on the sale on April 14. “I figured I beat the odds.”
MIDDLEBURY — Now on view at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the exhibition “Guerrilla Girls: Art in Action” features 13 politically charged posters that showcase the history of the Guerrilla Girls’ activism and encourage viewers to question the ethics of the art world. On Thursday, April 17, Guerrilla Girl Frida Kahlo will add a vibrant, first-hand dimension to the exhibition. She will give a lecture and performance at 7 p.m. in the Dance Theatre of the Mahaney Center for the Arts.
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe announces that Addison County artist Patricia LeBon Herb’s artwork will grace the 2014 Mother’s Day card — the 13th annual Mother’s Day card in WomenSafe’s Local Women Artist Series.
LeBon Herb started her early professional career as a graphic artist and illustrator. She later became a fine arts painter by profession. She and her husband, Guntram, live in Middlebury. They have two grown children, who have left home for college, which they attend on opposite coasts.
BURLINGTON/VERGENNES — A Vergennes resident who is a junior at the University of Vermont has been awarded a prestigious national academic award.
In an interview with Lawrence Miller last week that ran in Thursday’s Addison Independent that explored Miller’s new position as the governor’s senior advisor and Chief of Health Care Reform, there were two take-home comments that can’t be emphasized enough: that the state won’t push forward with a single payer system that puts the state’s economy in jeopardy, while also saying the state would not go back to the status quo that saw health care costs escalate annually beyond the point of sustainability.
Before the turn of the 20thcentury, there were more than 2,500 school districts in Vermont. Back then, as it is today, debate was passionate. How should schooling be organized to meet our shared goals? In 1892, our Legislature took courageous action by abolishing those micro-districts and transforming our school system to one with fewer than 300 districts, about the same number as today.