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February 10th, 2011
I hate to sound like an old square, but I have to say it: I just don’t get this whole texting thing. What’s wrong with a phone call?
I admit a text message is more appropriate than a phone call in certain situations, like when it’s too loud to talk, or when you’re being held hostage by crazed gunmen and need to keep it down. But most of the time, I just don’t see the point.
BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Teachers Association on Monday night decided not to go on strike at the Bristol-area public schools. The teachers union had set Wednesday, Feb. 9, as the strike date.
“It has been called off,” said Darren Allen, a spokesman for the Vermont-NEA teachers union, Tuesday morning. “Teachers accept (the contract) imposition, and bargaining is going forward.”
BRISTOL — On Wednesday evening, negotiators from the six Addison Northeast Supervisory Union school boards and from the district’s teachers’ union met for more than five hours only to end up walking away from the table once again, having reached no settlement.
MIDDLEBURY — In the middle of a calm, somewhat institutional hallway in the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, a door opens into a magical world.
A cloud of Christmas ornaments and pinecones hangs from the ceiling. Along one wall leans a sculpture of a fireplace, made from thin slices of cedar trunks glued together side by side. Fabrics and birch bark add color and texture to every corner.
Somewhere in the decoration is the room’s primary purpose: a washbasin, dryer and set of implements for cutting hair.
BRISTOL — John Moyers has thrown his hat in the ring along with incumbent John “Peeker” Heffernan for a two-year seat on the Bristol selectboard.
Both will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot in Bristol.
Moyers, who has yet to hold an elective office, has long been eyeing a spot on Bristol’s zoning board and planning commission, but after failing to get appointed to either, opted to try for the selectboard seat.
FERRISBURGH — Forget apples — in this case, you could say the sap doesn’t fall far from the maple tree.
Sam Cutting IV, president of Vermont foods retailer Dakin Farm, recently received the “2010 Maple Person of the Year Award” from the Vermont Maple Industry Council, a group formed to promote and protect the branding of Vermont maple syrup. He’s following in the footsteps of his father, Sam Cutting III, who won the same award 25 years ago.
MIDDLEBURY — Last Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) met with Lara Getz, one of 22 students evacuated earlier that week from Middlebury College’s study abroad program in Alexandria, Egypt.
Getz, a student at Tulane University, visited the senator in Washington, D.C., to thank him for his help in getting the students transportation out of the country in the face of an escalating public uprising against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule in the country.
MONKTON — On Wednesday morning, fire ravaged the Bristol Road home of Tom Cousino in Monkton.
According to Monkton Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Layn, the call was made by firefighter Robert Howard, who noticed the house was on fire on his way to work, around 6:45 a.m.
Cousino was asleep in the house at the time, but awoke coughing from the smoke. He climbed out of his bedroom window and slid down the shed roof, according to Layn.