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August 11th, 2011
Editor’s note: This week’s writers are Kate Corrigan and Sebastian Miska, who started farming together in Ripton in 2006 and operate North Branch Farm & Gardens. Corrigan grew up in Shoreham, where her family raised their own eggs, pork and poultry; and Miska grew up in the Middlebury area and enjoyed frequent visits to family in Germany, where he developed an appreciation for pork charcuterie.
MIDDLEBURY — Although his tenure as Addison Central Supervisory Union superintendent will last only one year, Gail Conley doesn’t like to hear the word “interim” used before his title.
That’s because, he said, “interim” leader can conjure notions of someone satisfied with staying the course until a permanent replacement comes along. And Conley served notice last week that he will not simply be holding down the fort during his year in office.
MIDDLEBURY — Longtime Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse coach Jono Chapin’s teams have compiled a 231-100 record during his 20-year tenure.
Since 1992, his Tiger teams have won seven Division I state championships, and the boys’ lacrosse team plays on a facility, Fucile Field, built largely because of tireless fund-raising by Chapin and a handful of other local citizens.
Are Republicans in Congress tone deaf? And are Democrats so spineless they can’t vote for what they know is right?
Consider findings in a New York Times/CBS News Poll taken last week.
• 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, the most since The Times started asking the question in 1977.
ADDISON COUNTY — Helen Weston has always lived a life of music.
She grew up in Bristol playing more instruments than she has toes. Her parents Ken and Vivian Weston of Bristol and her five siblings all play a medley of instruments. She studied concert piano and music theory in college, and she taught music to local children at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary School and Lincoln Community School.
VERMONT — The deadline is drawing near for some 10,000 dairy farmers in the Northeast to file compensation claims in the sweeping Dean Foods antitrust settlement, which offers $30 million in monetary damages.
A portion of that money was allocated to be divided between farmers who produced and pooled raw milk on Federal Milk Marketing Order 1 between January 2002 and May 2011.
BURLINGTON — The Chittenden County state’s attorney charged Dean T. Heffernan, 27, of Bristol with attempted murder, first degree, at a Thursday morning arraignment at the criminal division of Chittenden County Superior Court.
Heffernan pleaded innocent to a charge that carries a penalty ranging according to court documents from "a presumptive minimum term of 35 years" to life in prison.
SHOREHAM — Moved by the release this spring of statistics that said 72 percent of Vermont schools — including 13 of 25 schools in Addison County and Brandon — failed to make enough government-mandated progress, several local people traveled to Washington, D.C., on July 28 to attend the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action. The event was organized in opposition to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, known as NCLB.