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October 28th, 2013
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge Elementary School is taking very seriously its mission of building students a bridge to a better future.
In fact, every student in the small community school spent last week building a total of 10 bridges — not in the same vein as Middlebury’s $16 million Cross Street Bridge that can support multi-ton vehicles, but rather tiny spans made out of popsicle sticks designed to withstand at least 5 pounds of weight.
ADDISON COUNTY — Although many of the area’s major Halloween-themed community events were scheduled over this past weekend, a number of other activities sprinkled around the county remain to be enjoyed by residents both young and old.
One such event is specifically designed to be enjoyed by seniors. The Champlain Valley Agency on Aging has scheduled what it is calling a “Special Halloween Meal” and party at the Bridport Grange Hall on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials said at the city council meeting last week that they and a petitioner against aldermen’s endorsement of the proposed Addison County extension of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline had mutually agreed to postpone his formal presentation of that petition.
Jeff Margolis had been on the Oct. 22 agenda, but instead, aldermen will hold what they expect to be a brief special meeting in city hall at 6 p.m. this Tuesday to accept a petition.
VERGENNES — At their Oct. 22 city council meeting, Vergennes aldermen agreed with South Water Street homeowner Didier Murat on the sale terms for a city-owned strip of land that bisects his property that is technically an extension of Victory Street. City officials said the strip, almost exactly 0.25 acre, is now lawn and has not been publicly used for decades, possibly a century or more.
VERGENNES — Alix Kauffman, a senior at Vergennes Union High School, has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Mixed Chorus sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). She will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert this Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Nashville, Tenn.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center will host its second annual Middlebury celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6-9 p.m. in the upstairs gallery at the VFC headquarters in Middlebury. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
MIDDLEBURY — At a time when the Addison County community is reeling from the loss of a young girl, Middlebury College’s Sister-to-Sister Program is providing a safe space for middle-school girls to talk about issues that they face in their schools in a relaxed and fun environment. The group will host its 10th annual summit at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts On Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BRISTOL — On paper, Saturday’s Division III football quarterfinal looked like it should be a close game. The host No. 4 Eagles were 6-2, visiting Otter Valley was 5-2, and both had similar results vs. common foes.
Instead, the Otters played what Coach Jim Hill said might have been their best game of the season, and left Bristol with a 49-0 victory.
“They just played outstanding, and they’re getting better every game,” Hill said.