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February 13th, 2012
LEICESTER — Forget about teaching writing for standardized tests.
These days at Leicester Central School, it’s all about the craft of creating essays, fiction and poetry.
In classes from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade at Leicester, and in some classes at Brandon’s Neshobe School, students are focusing on reading and writing in a different way: seeking out inspiration, getting into the flow of writing and, afterward, revising their efforts in workshops.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited two Northlands Job Corps students with aggravated assault after an attack that left a 17-year-old fellow student with a suspected broken neck last week.
Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel also questioned the 20-hour delay before his department was notified by Northlands of the Feb. 7 assault.
VERGENNES — The visiting Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team played what its coach said was probably its strongest effort of the winter on Thursday, but it wasn’t quite enough to derail the No. 1 team in Division II and the Eagles’ No. 1 rival, Vergennes.
The Eagles led by seven late in the third quarter, but saw the Commodores go on a 16-4 run on the way to a 59-47 victory.
MONTPELIER (AP) — With Vermont still working to recover from Tropical Storm Irene’s torrential rains and flooding, environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben went before a panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday to say the storm was at least partly the product of climate change and a likely harbinger of a troubled future.
A few of us from the Addison Independent had fun in Boston Saturday night.
We were there for a conference, which incorporates two full-days of 90-minute training sessions (getting three hours of instruction both morning and afternoon) along with staff camaraderie and the annual awards banquet for the New England Newspaper-Press Association.
MIDDLEBURY — French inventor François Isaac de Rivaz created one of the first internal combustion engines at the beginning of the 19th century. It ran on hydrogen gas. Around that same time, a nascent Middlebury College hired its first mathematics professor, expanding its offerings into the sciences. Now, more than 200 years after the onset of these seemingly unrelated events, their historic ripples have collided.
BRIDPORT — Monday’s season-opening legislative breakfast in Bridport offered a preview of two emotional debates on personal freedom that could play out on a grander scale this spring in the Statehouse.
At issue: Should families be given broader rights to have their children opt-out of vaccines designed to protect them from deadly diseases, and should terminally ill people be allowed to opt-in to a proposal that would allow them to take their own lives under medical supervision.
MIDDLEBURY — For “A.B.,” the artist behind one of the dioramas on display at the Vermont Folklife Center, the family with blank faces near the back of the box represents her own experience as an undocumented migrant worker in Vermont.
“The majority of people here don’t see us. You see our work, but not our faces,” she said, gesturing to the cow barns made of brightly colored paper and the backdrop of cows in a field within the diorama.