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June 20th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The 16,000 movie titles from Waterfront Video’s former Middlebury store are being inventoried for inclusion in a new movie rental business that will provide job training for people looking to enter the workforce.
Waterfront Video closed its Marble Works location earlier this spring, citing as reasons a deteriorating storefront and increased competition from services like Netflix and the Redbox DVD kiosks.
ADDISON COUNTY — The federal government last week responded to pressure from Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s congressional delegation, granting a Major Federal Disaster Declaration to seven Vermont counties, including Addison, affected by this spring’s record-breaking floods.
The declaration, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced this past Wednesday, will allow residents and business owners affected by the flooding to apply for federal aid and low-interest loans to rebuild and repair damaged property.
ADDISON — Addison Central School teacher Carol Adams just wanted to step down quietly after 28 years of teaching there.
But her students, family, current and former colleagues, ACS board members, and many from the Addison community, including former students and parents of students, wouldn’t let her.
VERGENNES — Two teachers with a combined 72 years at Vergennes Union Elementary School — and two lifetimes of experience in the Vergennes area — showed up for their last day of work on Monday morning.
One, 5th- and 6th-grade science teacher Kitty Muzzy, 64, has been commuting for 41 years to the East Street school from nearby West Main Street.
ADDISON COUNTY — The 2011 Addison County Legion baseball team has a new look this year — and is no doubt one of the younger entries in the Northern Division.
Only six members of 14 members of Coach Mike Estey’s roster have Legion experience, and only two — former Vergennes Union High School standouts Logan Williams and Jackson Alexander — are in their last years of eligibility.
Former state Senator Gerry Gossens, a Salisbury Democrat, nailed it when he said of the draft redistricting plan for the 150 seats in the House submitted last week: “I believe it is wrong, with the months we’ve spent and the money we’ve spent, to submit a plan that we know will not be acceptable and probably won’t even be taken seriously.”
Jo Birnaum and a number of other Lodge at Otter Creek residents have organized an art show featuring 84 works by residents and staff. Check out our audio slideshow featuring the art and some of the artists, then read more about it in this article. The show is up until June 20.
Middlebury Union High School, Mount Abraham Union High School, Vergennes Union High School and Otter Valley Union High School all held their graduation ceremonies last weekend. Smiles, laughter, tears and music filled the air as the class of 2011 walked across the stage. To catch a glimpse of the seniors' final high school moments, explore the slideshow below.
Head to our topic page for full graduation coverage.
Trent Campbell, Lee Kahrs and Keith Darwin photographed the graduations.