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May 23rd, 2016
CORNWALL — UD-3 school board Chairman Peter Conlon confirmed on Thursday that he will run for the Addison-2 seat in the Vermont House soon to be vacated by Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton.
As previously reported in the Independent, Jewett — the former House majority leader — has decided to retire after 14 years representing the single-seat district that includes Cornwall, Ripton, Leicester, Salisbury, Goshen and Hancock.
BRISTOL — After 16 months of negotiations, the teachers of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union have a contract.
What began as a fractious and drawn-out negotiation that twice threatened to dead end — first at an officially declared impasse, then at a call for a fact-finding hearing — has resolved with a teacher salary increase of 3.25 percent for this year and the next.
We noticed the first robin in our yard this year in early March. Normally these famous spring harbingers, who move in comically stilted hops across our front lawn, don’t show up until at least April Fool’s Day. Their earlier-than-usual arrival made me wonder how robins decide to begin a spring migration.
MIDDLEBURY — The word of the day today, class, is “D.”
As in “diminutive” and “dynamo.”
Two words that only begin to describe longtime Mary Hogan Elementary School teacher Marion Leonard.
BRANDON — For more than half of Friday’s home game vs. Division I power Mount Anthony, the D-II Otter Valley softball team more than held its own.
The Otters did allow the 13-1 Patriots to score two unearned runs in the second and one run on two hits in the third, but rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.
VERGENNES — Thirty-three years ago, then Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Gail Link offered Deborah Angier a yearlong substitute teaching position in the district’s preschool, then operating in the Bixby Library basement on Main Street, Vergennes.
Angier, a Randolph native whose family had moved to Vergennes when she was a fourth-grader, had recently earned her degree in elementary education from Trinity College in Burlington, but was considering other options based on her love of the French language.
BRISTOL — Vermont Tree Goods — a new Bristol business being launched by sawyer/woodworker/entrepreneur John Monks — was literally born out of the ashes.
A devastating fire on Thanksgiving eve 2010 left Monks and his family with little more than the clothes on their backs.
For Monks, a long-time homebuilder, all that remained of the equipment he had built up over three decades were a few scaffolds.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department says deer fawns are being born this time of year and asks that people avoid disturbing or picking them up.
Most deer fawns are born in late May and the first and second weeks of June, according to Vermont deer biologist Nick Fortin.
Fortin says it is best to keep your distance because the fawn’s mother is almost always nearby. When people see a small fawn alone, they often mistakenly assume it is helpless, lost or needing to be rescued.