Archive - Mar 24, 2011 - Page
Americans are up in arms because while Shanghai, China, achieved first place across the board on the 2010 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), U.S. high school students tested 31st out of 65 economic regions in mathematics, 23rd in science, and 17th in reading. President Obama referred to the issue as “our generation’s Sputnik moment” and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan labeled it “an absolute wake up call for America.”
ADDISON COUNTY — Two high school seniors who helped their teams reach Barre Auditorium share 2011 Addison IndependentGirls’ Basketball Player of the Year honors, Mount Abraham’s Jenn Loyer and Middlebury’s Katie Ritter.
Three more seniors, one each from Otter Valley, Vergennes and Middlebury, join them on the 2011 Addison Independent Girls’ Basketball All-Stars first team.
VERGENNES — Vergennes residents — and quite possibly those in Addison — will be going to the polls for a sixth time to decide the fate of proposed one-board governance for the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union. If the Unified Union proposal survives either one or two revotes, it would be the first significant consolidation move in Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — The Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) has instituted a hiring freeze and could resort to layoffs depending on the severity of mental health program cuts lawmakers are considering for the fiscal year 2012 state budget.
This winter, I made my first batch of home-brewed beer. I only wish I had done it sooner.
Until a few months ago, I never thought of beer as something you could make yourself. Then I heard a radio show about home brewing and learned that (a) beer does not, as I had always vaguely assumed, come directly from some stream in Latrobe, Pa., and (b) making your own beer is a relatively simple process, requiring little equipment and only a few ingredients.
“It was all the dog’s fault,” explains E.J. “Eli” Elithorpe, from the living room of his Bristol home attached to his chainsaw business, White Rock Sport. He got a new Akita accustomed to long walks on a leash. As they’d walk, Eli would hear interesting birdcalls and wonder what the birds were. He began carrying his binoculars.
ADDISON COUNTY — What’s the big difference between this year’s maple sugar season and last year’s?
A burden to some and a blessing to others, local sugarmakers say this winter’s massive snowfall is setting the tone for the year’s sugar season.
“It’s just been a struggle,” said Bill Heffernan of Heffernan Family Sugarworks in Starksboro about tapping 9,500 trees beginning on Feb. 16. “It’s tough in three to four feet of snow.”