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August 24th, 2015
MONKTON — The wildlife tunnels that construction workers this week are beginning to build under Vergennes-Monkton Road are not your typical Vermont Agency of Transportation culvert project.
The low-slung tunnels will enable amphibians to migrate between their habitat in Huizenga Swamp and in the forests of Hogback Mountain without the life-threatening danger of crossing the busy highway.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union is kicking off the 2015-2016 academic year with a first-ever strategic plan and the organization of a committee that will help the Middlebury-area school district comply with a new state directive to form a single school board that would have oversight over a single education budget for what would be a consolidated K-12 district.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Back-to-School Shop — as we now know it — will be closing this summer. But families needing low-cost school supplies for their children can take heart in the fact that the United Way of Addison County (UWAC), public school officials and organizers of the original shop are joining forces to make sure the flow of free- and low-cost supplies will not stop for those who require them.
MONKTON — How do you get slow-moving salamanders across a busy road without becoming roadkill? Ten years of grassroots effort will finally come to fruition this week when work begins on two wildlife culverts that will link migrating salamanders, newts, frogs and toads with critical habitat.
MIDDLEBURY — Franklin Dean-Farrar is taking a stand for the future health of the American office worker.
Well, he’s not actually taking a stand, as opposed to making one, to support laptop computers in a manner that will allow workers the more back-friendly option of typing while standing instead while seated.
MIDDLEBURY — When Paul Lengyel was helping build the former Middlebury wastewater treatment plant off Seymour Street more than three decades ago, he never imagined he would someday land a job at a new municipal treatment plant that would eventually replace it.
But that’s just what happened.
And after 35 years tending to Middlebury’s water and sewer systems, Lengyel decided to hang up his wrench and pager and retire this past Friday, Aug. 14.
VERGENNES — Vergennes recently received more than $200,000 of good financial news, City Manager Mel Hawley told city council members at their Aug. 18 meeting.
Most of that money came in the form of two grants, Hawley said, one of $144,000 to support paving projects on South Maple Street and Panton Road and one of $45,000 to pay most of the cost of a new culvert on South Maple Street.
MIDDLEBURY — Back-to-school time is the perfect time to retool family and home routines. The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury brings parenting expert Vicki Hoefle to Middlebury Chocolates on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. to help parents get their kids, and their home life, in order. She shows parents how to trust their intuition and develop an intentional strategy for meeting each child’s unique needs.