ORWELL — State Librarian Martha Reid, on behalf of the Winnie Belle Learned Fund of the Vermont Public Library Foundation, recently presented a grant of $1,000 to the Orwell Free Library in Orwell.
The library used the funding to enhance its collection of early reader books for local children. A new shelf, paid for by the Friends of the Orwell Free Library, will house the collection.
BURLINGTON — Songbird populations have been declining in recent years due to threats to their nesting habitat. To help reverse that trend, the Bobolink Project uses community contributions to compensate farmers for adopting haying practices that protect nesting habitats of grassland birds.
MIDDLEBURY — As the snow and ice slowly recede from view, the town of Middlebury will turn its attention to a laundry list of public infrastructure projects aimed at repaving some local roads, upgrading the municipal water and sewerage systems, and replacing two prominent downtown railroad overpasses.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — A 1981 graduate of Vergennes Union High School has become a one-star general in the U.S. Army.
Jeffrey A. Farnsworth was promoted to brigadier general March 13 in a ceremony at the Pentagon. His parents are Carol and Allen Farnsworth of Waltham.
Farnsworth is the deputy commanding general for operations at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT).
BRISTOL — After 30 years of dealing with pot holes, dog bite complaints and municipal budgets, Bristol town administrator Bill Bryant is ready to retire. Bryant, 57, tendered his letter of resignation at the March 17 selectboard meeting; and his last day will be April 30.
“It seemed like the right time to make a decision for me and the person who replaces me,” Bryant said, noting that the next fiscal year’s budget has been developed and approved by voters.
MONKTON — At the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on Saturday, March 22, Monkton Central School’s team placed first in its division for writing and acting out the play “People Are People.” Judges commented that there was an “excellent stage presence by all characters” and a “wonderful use of humor.” The win qualifies the team to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Championship in Iowa later this spring.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School dipped into the ranks of its alumni to find a new boys’ tennis coach, tapping 2009 graduate and Weybridge resident Andy Killorin to lead the team this spring.
Killorin, 23, played four years for the Tiger team while at MUHS and has not put his racquet down since: Rated as a 4.0 level player by the United States Tennis Association, he plays in a doubles league as well as in regular singles matches.
COLCHESTER — Two St. Michael’s College senior athletes who are Middlebury Union High School alumni were named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on Sunday, March 23.
Men’s lacrosse player Cooper Quenneville, a Shoreham resident, made the league’s athletic honor roll for the third time in four weeks after posting four goals, three assists, six ground balls and an eight-for-16 showing on faceoffs as the Knights split two games.