March 13th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District directors have declared an impasse in negotiations for a new contract for the newly unified district’s combined 230 teachers, and the two sides will now pick an independent mediator in an effort to make progress.
Peter Conlon, chairman of the ACSD board, stressed that declaring impasse doesn’t mean talks have ended; it simply means the two sides need some assistance in resolving their differences on three major contract areas: pay increases, health coverage and length of school day.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center has begun construction on a new clinic that will serve people requiring immediate medical services, but who do not require the resources of an emergency department.
It’s going to be called “Porter Express Care,” and it is now being built into a 1,600-square-foot space within Porter’s Collins Building.
VERGENNES — It’s not unusual for more than 200 Vergennes Union High School students and staff members to meet in the school auditorium at an assembly. After all, 462 students attend VUHS.
But this past Wednesday morning’s meeting was different.
Almost all of those gathering in the auditorium were female, almost all wore red, and they represented a large majority of the girls and women who attend or work at the school.
MIDDLEBURY — It doesn’t get much more intimidating than the thought of bringing another human being into the world that is completely reliant upon you for keeping it alive.
For new parents, this thought — coupled with the enormous emotional and physical turbulence that comes with pregnancy — can be utterly destabilizing.
That’s one reason why parenting classes, books and clubs are so popular.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School junior Casey Ober will be competing this Thursday, March 16, as one of 10 finalists in the state Poetry Out Loud competition.
“Casey has been enthusiastically participating in Poetry Out Loud for three years, so I was really excited to see her go on to the semifinals and then just overjoyed and proud that she’s going on to states,” said Colleen Kiley, English teacher and Poetry Out Loud advisor at Mount Abe.
MIDDLEBURY — In the midst of March’s tug-o-war between winter and spring, the citizen-science group that monitors local rivers is gearing up for the 2017 season. Addison County River Watch Collaborative, an organization of about thirty volunteers and scientists, has been busy this winter reviewing last summer’s sampling data, meeting with local conservation commissions and other groups to discuss possible improvements in water quality, and strategizing about the best places to focus their water-sampling efforts this spring and summer.
VERGENNES — Vermont State Police with help from the Vergennes Police Department on Thursday arrested a Vergennes resident and charged him in connection with a Feb. 27 Ferrisburgh burglary and possession of what a VSP press release called a “host of stolen property from car smash-and-grabs at local trailheads” and “property from other area burglaries.”
On March 9 troopers arrested Jake F. Desjadon, 30, and cited him into court for burglary, grand larceny, selling stolen property, resisting arrest and unlawful mischief.
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is pleased to announce that Cheryl Mitchell is the recipient of the 2017 Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award. The public is invited to stop by on Wednesday, March 29, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 109 Catamount Park in Middlebury and help us honor and celebrate Mitchell’s dedication to the community. Refreshments will be provided.