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November 5th, 2015
BRANDON — Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union teachers’ aides and bus drivers have voted to strike at mid-month as the Brandon-area school boards bristle under accusations of elitism and one board chair schools the union on his definition of respect.
MIDDLEBURY — JoyRyde, a new app for mobile devices created by two Middlebury College students, has tracked more than 33,000 miles of phone-free driving — and counting.
That’s a big deal, given that around 660,000 drivers “at any given daylight moment across America” are talking on cell phones or using electronic devices, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As estimated by the NHTSA, all that distracted driving leads to around 3,000 fatalities and over 400,000 injuries a year.
MIDDLEBURY — The Community of Vermont Elders (COVE), EastView at Middlebury and the Addison County Retired Teachers Association are hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on elder issues on Friday, Nov. 6, from 10-11:30 a.m. at EastView at Middlebury.
Candidates Matte Dunne, Bruce Lisman, Sue Minter and Shap Smith will be at the forum to talk about their vision for Vermont’s future with an aging demographic, and to answer questions from the audience on a variety of issues. While people of any age are welcome, the focus will be on elder concerns.
VERGENNES — A creative cast of volunteers turned Bixby Library into the spooky domain of the Addams Family this past Halloween, when they hosted a special fundraising dinner-for-12 in the library lobby under the dome.
THETFORD — Highlighted by senior David Dregallo’s top-10 result in the boys’ event, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams each placed fifth in Saturday’s Division II championship races at Thetford Academy. The Mount Abraham teams both finished eighth.
Dregallo ran Thetford’s tough three-kilometer course in 17:55.9, good for eighth place behind winner Matt Hynes of Montpelier (16:59.8).
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin recently announced a milestone in Vermont State Parks visitation. So far this year, more than 1 million people have visited state parks. That hasn’t happened in 27 years and has only occurred four other times over the 91-year history of the park system.
Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of essays or reflections about “The Republic,” a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.
MIDDLEBURY — Harvard professor Nancy F. Cott will speak in Dana Auditorium on the Middlebury College campus on Thursday, Nov, 12, at 7:30 p.m. Her topic will be “The Rei(g)n of Marriage: An American History.” A book signing will follow the lecture.