June 14th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — Forest Dale native Jason Gibbs has moved steadily up the state’s political ladder since graduating from Otter Valley Union High School in 1994.
The past decade saw him serve as Gov. James Douglas’s spokesman for six years before being named commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) in 2008. After serving an eventful 19-month stint as commissioner, Gibbs now hopes to climb another rung on the political ladder. He is in the midst in his first statewide campaign, competing for the post of Vermont Secretary of State.
VERGENNES — Four longtime Addison Northwest Supervisory Union employees are stepping down this spring, including a Vergennes Union High School teacher and an ANwSU administrative assistant with a combined 69 years of service.
VUHS English and reading teacher Cathy Spaulding will retire after 35 years at VUHS and a year at the ANwSU office, while ANwSU administrative assistant Sally Bushey will leave after working in the office since 1977.
BRANDON — After a collective 78 years at Otter Valley Union High School, three teachers have announced their retirements at the end of this school year.
Bruce Douglas, who has taught science at the school for 32 years, Christine Brown, a math and science teacher at the middle school for 29 years, and Doug Werner, a career services teacher for 17 years, will all be saying their final farewells to the school when it closes its doors for the summer.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Jason Duquette-Hoffman was pleased to see the world community respond with food, medical aid and other critical services to help Haiti through the devastation wrought by last January’s major earthquake.
WHITING — A violent May 26 storm sent a large oak tree crashing through the attic and a second floor bedroom at the home of Whiting residents Madeline and Lawrence Denis.
Although the family’s insurance will cover the cost of repairing the house, the damage caused by the tree, which Lawrence Denis estimated was about three feet in diameter, goes far beyond the cosmetic. The couple has lived in the house, which was built in the 1700s, since 1952. And insurance won’t cover the cost of the many possessions, both practical and sentimental, that the damaged rooms held.
CORNWALL — Jennifer Moeykens has seen two generations of several families pass through Cornwall’s elementary school during her 34 years there as a teacher.
She jokes that the reason she’s retiring this month is because she doesn’t want to score enough longevity points to see the third generation roll in. Joking aside, she’ll be leaving the school with fond memories and vows to remain active during the next phase of her life outside the classroom.
GRANVILLE — A small number of Granville citizens voiced their opinions in a vote last week to allow the town to apply for a bond of up to $200,000 that would pay for repairs on town buildings.
In late March, a little noticed, almost unreported event took place in the Middle East. The government of Qatar forced out the moderate leadership of one of Islam’s most popular, moderate websites and is reshaping it into a religiously more conservative media outlet. They have started by running news releases instead of the moderate and diverse content that the site, IslamOnline, was known for.