January 27th, 2011
VERGENNES — Few races for elective office in March are shaping up in the five-town Vergennes area, but the Little City will have one new alderman, while a persistent Addison critic of Addison Northwest Supervisory Union unification is seeking two seats on school boards, including on the one panel that would govern ANwSU if that measure is approved.
The new member of the Vergennes City Council will replace two-term incumbent Christine Collette, who opted to step down for what she called four good reasons — that’s the number of grandchildren she has.
BRISTOL — “We’d rather talk than walk,” read the signs that a group of more than 100 teachers in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union held up along Main Street in downtown Bristol on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
Despite sub-zero temperatures on Monday, members of the Addison Northeast Education Association (ANEA) picketed as planned in hopes that their demonstration might bring the ANeSU school boards back to bargaining table.
ADDISON COUNTY — Residents of the five-towns area of northeast Addison County could see a few new faces in town government this spring given a number of races that will appear on the Town Meeting Day ballot.
According to the town clerks in Bristol, New Haven, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro, a few spots will be changing hands, and even fewer of those races will be contested.
MIDDLEBURY — Residents in six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s (ACSU) seven member towns will vote this March on proposed 2011-2012 elementary school budgets that proposed lower spending than this year’s.
MIDDLEBURY — Though Middlebury College’s month-long J-Term has a reputation for being a rather laid-back time of year, the students heading up the college’s Solar Decathlon team have been even busier than usual this January.
Just last week, several students made the trip down to Orlando, Fla., for a Solar Decathlon conference and to attend the International Builders’ Show. And on Tuesday, the team gathered to host a fund-raising event at the Middlebury night spot 51 Main.
MIDDLEBURY — Last Friday seven tiny kindergarten students from Nikki Juvan’s class at St. Mary’s School filed into the Middlebury College Museum of Art. As part of the college’s MiddArts program, this visit was a carefully planned exercise in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a curriculum for teaching art to primary and secondary school students.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday OK’d a 2011 Town Meeting Day warning that includes a request for a 20-year, $3 million bond issue to take care 17 different road improvement projects that might otherwise linger on the drawing board.
Officials stressed they would not seek to repay the bond issue through a property tax increase. Rather, they are proposing to pay down the bond debt with funds Middlebury already budgets annually for capital improvements.
MIDDLEBURY — School directors in Middlebury have decided to delay the introduction of Spanish language teaching at Mary Hogan Elementary School for at least a year. The decision came in the wake of concerns voiced by some teachers about how the program would be implemented and whether those resources would be best spent on other needs.