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August 25th, 2014
VERMONT — The Young Writers Project is gearing up for another year of encouraging young people to write by soliciting work and publishing it online and in newspapers around the state, including the Addison Independent.
YWP is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences. It also reaches different audiences through a new digital magazine, The Voice, and partner web sites, vpr.net, vtdigger.org and cowbird.com.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union has hired David Boucher to serve as its new business manager. He most recently served as chief financial officer at Rice Memorial High School.
Boucher officially begins his job with the ACSU on Sept. 2. He was one of 20 applicants for the position, according to ACSU Superintendent Peter Burrows. Boucher will replace former Business Manager Laura Nassau, who left this past June to take a similar position with the Chittenden South Supervisory Union.
MIDDLEBURY — Teens and tweens would like a little more room at Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library.
That’s the recommendation from youngsters age 11 and up who were invited to the Main Street library this past Tuesday to discuss how the library currently serves their needs and how it could do a better job.
VERGENNES / IOWA CITY, Iowa — Vergennes resident Tom McGrath was proud last week of the efforts of the local Fraternal Order of Eagles and of all members of the international philanthropic organization for taking a major step toward stamping out the dreaded disease diabetes.
MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PAHCC) in Middlebury announces three new faculty and staff members joining the center for the 2014-2015 school year.
Len Schmidt is the center’s new adult technical education and cooperative education coordinator. Schmidt most recently was a classroom teacher at Hinesburg Community School. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s degree in English from Vermont College.
MIDDLEBURY — The longtime chairman of the board that oversees Middlebury Union middle and high schools resigned from the panel on Wednesday, Aug. 20, after accepting a job within the district’s athletic department.
“It was a tough decision for me to step down,” said Leonard Barrett, a Bridport resident who has served on the UD-3 school board for 11 years, five of them as chairman.
SHOREHAM — After spending more than a decade teaching music in the classroom, Michael Lenox is ready to play a new tune — as top administrator of Shoreham Elementary School.
Lenox, 37, is beginning what he hopes will be a lengthy tenure as principal of Shoreham Elementary, succeeding James Ross.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Lenox said during an interview on Thursday.
MIDDLEBURY — Gazing east from the Kenyon Lounge on the campus of Middlebury College, there’s a wonderful view — the campus’ sprawling athletic fields, golf course and Green Mountains in the distance.
That view just got a lot better, thanks to the installation last week of a new green roof on the school’s squash center, which opened last fall.