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March 13th, 2014
NEW HAVEN — Paul Wood of Walden will give an illustrated lecture, titled “Inventive Vermonters,” at the New Haven Community Library on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. He will talk about Vermont innovations of days gone by, such as an improved butter churn that was patented in Brattleboro and a gravity separator for separating cream from milk that was designed in Waterbury.
Are you facing the post-Oscar slump in movie releases? You’ve seen all the good ones – and they were good, no question, but there they are, still in the theaters. During the wait for new releases, try streaming some of these to the comfort of your couch.
MIDDLEBURY — Edgewater Gallery celebrates Women’s History Month in March with an evening of art and conversation on Saturday, March 29, at 5 p.m.
“An Evening with Madeleine Kunin and Pat Musick” will feature former Vermont governor, author and feminist Madeleine Kunin. Kunin will give a lecture titled, “The Unfinished Work of the Women’s Movement,” and celebrate the unveiling of a painted portrait by Vermont artist TJ Cunningham.
MIDDLEBURY — While the Vermont Legislature did not convene last week, lawmakers received a homework assignment doled out by area voters on Town Meeting Day: Do something about rising education property taxes.
Vermont residents voted down 35 of approximately 250 school budgets that were on communities’ town meeting dockets on March 3 and 4 — the largest number of failed spending plans since the advent of Act 68 in 2005, according to Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday began the process of drafting a new budget for the school after voters in the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns rejected the original spending plan on Town Meeting Day.
Comments by VUHS board members and ANwSU officials there and afterward showed some differences on how much and even whether to cut the budget, including the need for staff reductions.
MONKTON — What a difference two years can make in politics.
In 2012, incumbent Reps. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, and Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, were unopposed in their successful runs for new two-year terms representing the Addison-4 House district.
With the 2014 legislative session barely half over, two Republican candidates have already confirmed their plans to oppose Sharpe and Fisher in the two-seat district that includes Bristol, Starksboro, Lincoln and Monkton.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Legion Post 27 on Saturday rolled out the proverbial red carpet for a special VIP: None other than American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger, who was in town as part of a listening tour to get information on how to better serve the country’s more than 21 million military veterans.
BRISTOL — A new dental practice has opened in the BristolWorks business complex that aims to expand dental coverage to residents of all walks of life throughout the five-town area.
The clinic, Red Clover Family Dentistry, opened last month and is headed by Patrick Rowe, D.D.S.
Rowe said the practice will accept Medicaid, and will offer a sliding scale payment system for patients who need assistance paying their bill.