February 8th, 2010
Vermont’s educators are the primary actors in a crucible that has the potential to reframe the state’s social and economic profile. The question is whether they will embrace the need for change, or hold on to the past.
VERGENNES — Bright lights, Little City, big win.
Bathed in the glow of the new lights in the Vergennes Union High School gym, the Commodore boys’ basketball team flicked on a switch for a 14-0 first-half run in Thursday’s game vs. rival Mount Abraham.
That surge — in which VUHS senior forward Connor Merrill shone with 10 straight points — sparked VUHS to a 25-9 second-quarter lead on the way to a 61-34 victory over their friendly rivals as the usual Eagle-Commodore boys’ crowd of more than 1,000 cheered.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are reporting that a lone, armed suspect robbed the Marble Works Pharmacy at 187 Main St. in Vergennes last Thursday morning around 8:45 a.m.
As the Independent went to press last Friday police weren’t releasing details about what kind of property was stolen, or what the value of that property might be.
We rely on history in our search to move forward; it recounts lessons of our success and failure and is littered with the many experiments that put us here today. Some of the problems we face today result from yesterday’s solutions and literally from us waiting for a response in order to move forward. A lack of response confines us to facing the result of our current dilemma in a repetitive cycle of crisis after crisis.
I’ve never met a household activity I just couldn’t do.
For example, I excel at opening jars. I’m the one who opens jars when friends are struggling with them. For this skill, I have to thank my mother, who all through my childhood exerted a death grip on jars when she sealed them, giving me ample practice opening them and strong fingers.
Patrick Leahy will ask Vermont voters to return him to the Senate for a seventh term this November. With more than 35 years in the Senate, Leahy has served in that body longer than anyone in the history of Vermont. He is also the third most senior member among the current 100 senators.
ADDISON — An estimated 1,700 vehicles used the new ferry across Lake Champlain during its 24 hours of operation on Monday, a volume that prompted New York and Vermont transportation officials on Tuesday to request that a second ferry boat be put into service.
The second ferry, due this month, is to accommodate extra traffic during peak morning and afternoon commuting hours, according to Jon Zicconi, director of planning, outreach and community affairs for the Vermont Department of Transportation.
ADDISON COUNTY — The number of low-income students in Vermont’s schools is on the rise, and teachers and administrators reacting to these shifting demographics are struggling to close the achievement gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers.
Schools in the Addison County area, like those around the state, are trying different strategies to approach the problem.