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June 3rd, 2015
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) last week announced grants totaling $3,083,910 to protect 2,127 acres of agricultural land on 14 farms and a sugarbush and to conserve 641 acres of wooded and open land on three properties with recreational trails in the towns of Williston, Lyndon and West Windsor.
The grants were made to the Vermont Land Trust, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, Kingdom Trails and The Trust for Public Lands. The funding commitments were made at the Board’s May meeting.
Jackie Nienow is retiring this year from full-time teaching after a 37-year career, most of it spent in Addison Central Supervisory Union schools and primarily at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary.
Diana Raphael discover that her passion was working with children age 7 and younger, and 40 years later she is retiring after spending 28 of those years at Vergennes Union Elementary School.
Read their stories, plus those of some other area teachers who are ending long careers in education this month.
MIDDLEBURY — One of Jackie Nienow’s most vivid childhood memories is of her father bringing home a classroom-size chalkboard that had been orphaned by renovations to a nearby school.
“I was in fourth grade and I taught school all the time in the neighborhood; I even had parent conferences,” Nienow chuckled in recalling how she put the chalkboard — and her blossoming teaching talents — to good early use. “My mother used tell me, ‘Think about all the free child care you’re providing.’”
VERGENNES — It took a journey to two continents for longtime Vergennes Union Elementary School reading specialist and kindergarten teacher Diana Raphael to discover her passion was education.
Raphael, then 21 and just out of Pine Manor College near Boston, traveled to Europe in 1971 for half a year, and from there to Morocco for three months. There she found herself in a village for an extended stay.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police in the New Haven barracks are investigating the burglary of a residence located on Lime Kiln Road in New Haven.
Items reported taken from the home include prescription medication.
Police report that someone forced their way through the front door sometime between May 26 and May 29.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the state police at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
BRISTOL — On Saturday, May 30, at around 2:30 a.m., Bristol police were called to East Street, west of the Lord’s Prayer Rock, for a motor vehicle crash.
Chief Kevin Gibbs reports that Kyle T. Hamblin, 23, of Waltham lost control of the vehicle he was driving and slammed into several mailboxes, drove back onto the roadway and then drove off East Street (Route 116) again and came to rest. Neither Hamblin, who admitted to police that he was the driver, nor his female passenger was injured.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report that a woman with a self-inflicted wound had locked herself in a room in a North Pleasant Street residence on May 29. Police said Middlebury Regional EMS took the woman to Porter Hospital for treatment/evaluation.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated an unspecified theft from the Middlebury College campus on May 26.
• Were informed on May 26 that a bike had been stolen from the Middlebury College campus.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police early on Saturday morning reluctantly cited a woman for petit larceny for stealing potted flowers from a White Street resident’s porch, an action taken on their second visit to the scene.
The first call came just before midnight on Friday, when a White Street resident said a woman started walking off his porch with a potted plant, refused his request not to do so, and then went into a neighboring home.