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June 9th, 2011
BRISTOL — After 39 years educating students — eight years in Enosburg Falls as assistant principal, guidance counselor and psychology teacher followed by 31 at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School teaching a range of history and humanities classes — Jim Ross will retire this month.
The teacher who helped start girls’ soccer teams at both Enosburg and Mount Abe and has seen students dedicate their yearbooks to him five times is scheduled to give his fifth and likely final graduation speech on Saturday at the class of 2011’s request.
MIDDLEBURY/BRISTOL — When Michelle Dwire dropped out of high school in the beginning of her junior year, she had no idea the impact it would have on her life. She was 17 and pregnant, and finishing high school was not her top priority.
“I never really thought about getting my high school diploma,” said Dwire, a Bristol resident. “I didn’t really think it was that important.”
ADDISON COUNTY — Those who sensed that the first five months of this year were wetter than normal were correct. Precipitation at the Burlington International Airport so far in 2011 is 24.4 inches — almost double the 12.41 inches in a typical year.
“Last year was close to normal,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Neiles. “We were 0.32 inches below normal. Now we’re 11.99 inches above normal.”
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Usually, more water means more mosquitoes. But this record-breaking spring of rainfall has created so much water — particularly of the moving variety — that floodplain-borne mosquitoes have had a tough time multiplying, according to state and local insect-control officials.
MIDDLEBURY — Former Chittenden East Supervisory Union Superintendent Gail B. Conley will serve as interim leader of the Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) for the 2011-2012 academic year beginning on July 1.
Conley’s hiring, confirmed by ACSU board Chairman Mark Perrin on Tuesday, will partially fill what was looming as a substantial administrative vacuum in the district office created by the imminent departure of current ACSU Superintendent Lee Sease and the recent resignation of longtime Business Manager Sharon Stearns.
MIDDLEBURY — After more than two and a half decades of military service, Middlebury resident Brian Carpenter has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general by the U.S. Army. The U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination on May 26, making it 27 years to the day since he was first commissioned for service.
“It was a pretty exciting day,” said Carpenter, of the morning when he learned of his promotion.
ADDISON COUNTY — As floodwaters in Lake Champlain recede, groups across the state are paying close attention to water quality issues in Vermont’s largest body of water.
It’s already clear that phosphorous and sediment levels are high in the lake, and that flooding and high winds have caused a great deal of shoreline erosion, according to Bill Howland, manager of the Lake Champlain Basin Program in Grand Isle.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has elected to oppose a more streamlined federal review of a proposed small-scale hydroelectric project at the Otter Creek Falls, an action that organizers of the project said could kill the effort.