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November 23rd, 2011
BRISTOL — With discussions like the one in Bristol last week about how schools can work together to save money by working together, many are asking the question, “Does school consolidation really cut costs?”
The Legislature has offered Vermont towns an incentive to perform RED (Regional Education District) studies to see how a type of school consolidation would work for them.
The RED study template, created by the Vermont Department of Education, explains the reasoning behind RED-study incentives:
I got the mornin’ blues
Oh so bad
Honey come and kiss me
They’re the worst I’ve ever had
— Uncle Dave Macon
The blues come around
ADDISON COUNTY — A speedy Vergennes Union High School senior defender earned Player of the Year honors this fall, while a strong season by Mount Abraham landed more Eagles on the 2011 Addison Independent Girls’ Soccer All-Star Team than from any other of the four local squads.
Here’s a Thanksgiving sports story for you:
The last football game in a season is an emotional time for any team. For seniors, playing their last game, the emotional stakes are high. It was especially so for the Middlebury College team two weekends ago.
Middlebury came into the game with three wins and four losses, so was hoping to get to .500 with a win. Tufts University, their opponent, was winless, 0-7; a victory against the Panthers on Senior Day in Boston before the home folks would salvage their season.
When Bristol Planning Commission Vice-Chair Chico Martin refused to accept public comments from John “Slim” Pickens — the only citizen in attendance at the commission’s Nov. 15, meeting — Martin may have violated state law, according to Secretary of State Jim Condos and his deputy Brian Leven.
MIDDLEBURY — Sensational. Powerful. Delightful. Heart-wrenching. Laugh out loud funny.
The Middlebury Community Players’ production of Funny Girl has one-upped Hollywood, out-staged Broadway and, much like the character she plays as Fanny Brice, unleashed a new star to the Middlebury stage — Kim Anderson.
The show, which opened last Thursday at the Town Hall Theater and continues this weekend, tells the story of comedienne Fanny Brice and her rise from the slums of New York to stardom in the Ziegfeld Follies.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Hard Cider Co. has filed plans to build a new, 87,005-square-foot bottling plant on a 27.6-acre parcel on the north side of Middlebury’s Exchange Street, between the Bridge School and Maple Landmark Woodcraft.
The nation’s pre-eminent manufacturer of hard cider, Vermont Hard Cider (VHC) has been looking to expand out of its current 60,000 square feet of rented space at 153 Pond Lane, where it produces and markets its increasingly popular brand of Woodchuck hard ciders throughout the country.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) school board last week officially launched its search for a new superintendent, agreeing on a salary range, length of contract, the makeup of a screening committee for candidates, and a basic timetable for selection of a finalist expected to be on the job by next summer.