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June 14th, 2012
BRIDPORT — Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, who has represented Addison County and Brandon in the state senate for the past eight years, will not seek a fifth consecutive term in the state’s highest chamber this November.
Giard confirmed this news during an interview with the Addison Independent late Wednesday afternoon. He said his decision was made out of respect for Vermont’s citizen Legislature and out of a desire to allow someone else to serve in a role he has found so fulfilling during the past eight years.
BRISTOL — After almost two years of negotiation, the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union’s negotiating committee and teachers’ union this week came to an agreement on a teachers’ contract.
The exact terms of the new contract, which were ironed out Monday night in executive session negotiations, haven’t yet been released. But Lanny Smith, lead negotiator for the school boards, said that the terms will be made public after the first school board votes on the new contracts.
MIDDLEBURY — Students were told to eat their vegetables, be wary of advice, experience life, succumb to positive peer pressure, follow their passions and excite their imaginations at Middlebury Union High School’s graduation last Saturday at Memorial Sports Center.
VERGENNES — Last Friday, 111 Vergennes Union High School seniors marched to the podium to accept their diplomas in front of an audience packed full of family and friends.
Over the course of the ceremony, the seniors received plenty of advice and encouragement to guide them along their postgraduate paths.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School on Saturday sent 143 freshly minted graduates into the world with good wishes wrapped in prose, song and the letter “P.”
“Prepare yourself for a panoramic, pragmatic, participatory promenade through powerful, profound prose that may seem pedantic, and please refrain from propelling projectiles until the pronounced peroration point prevails,” graduation speaker Scott Beckwith, an MAUHS social studies teacher, urged the seniors in an alliterative tongue twister.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury will delay major reconstruction of South Street in wake of much higher-than-anticipated bids for the work, though the selectboard is reviewing some traffic calming measures that could be installed on the busy road in the meantime.
South Street and Green Mountain Place had been in line for a major overhaul, in large part to allow for replacement of water and sewer infrastructure. The surface of South Street has also fallen into disrepair over the years.
MIDDLEBURY — To many it might seem daunting to head straight from classes at Middlebury College to designing a business model and outreach campaign for an established business, but Allen Hoffman doesn’t think so.
For eight weeks this summer, Hoffman is working with the owners of Café Alta Gracia — a nonprofit, fair-trade coffee company — to create a new business plan for the firm, which buys and processes coffee beans from the Dominican Republic.
BRISTOL — The oldest town building in Bristol, Howden Hall, is about to get what officials say are some much-needed upgrades.
With roughly $75,000 in the town’s Howden Hall Capital Reserve Fund, the Howden Hall Committee — with the selectboard’s approval — is moving ahead with electrical upgrades, moisture reduction measures, weatherization improvements and possibly some wheel-chair accessibility measures.
At a meeting last week, the Bristol selectboard hired project manager Ed Hanson at a rate of $50 an hour to oversee the process.