November 23rd, 2016
ORWELL — Orwell residents next March will be asked for a third time to merge their school governance with that of five nearby Rutland County towns to form a new Slate Valley Unified Union School District.
Voters in Orwell have already rejected such a move twice this year.
But this time around the new unified school district would be able to take shape even without Orwell’s participation under a “modified” union school district permitted under Vermont’s Act 46.
VERMONT — One of our native wildlife species historically played an important role on Thanksgiving Day. North America’s native wild turkeys were the ancestors of the Thanksgiving turkey on our dinner table.
Originally found only in the wild, turkeys now exist as meat-producing domesticated derivatives — the broad breasted white, broad breasted bronze, white Holland, bourbon red and a host of other breeds — all of them descended from our native wild turkey.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard at its Nov. 15 meeting was supportive of a proposed series of concerts and markets to be held in the upper story of the town’s office building and community center.
Resident Katherine Yarbrough approached the board with a suggestion for three “Grange Markets” a year — a spring Artisans’ Market, fall Antique Market and a winter Christmas Market — that would fund an ongoing “Grange Series” of arts events, including music, dances, films, readings, lectures and other performances.
MIDDLEBURY— “There’s a war going on. A war that has caused the colors of life to leave the bodies of those whose names you ascribe to fear. I will never forget how much death loves these people.”
Lena Ginawi, a slam poet and junior at South Burlington High School, stood in front of about 20 Middlebury residents last Friday in an apartment in the Marble Works Condos and recited those words.
BRISTOL — Congratulations to Nora Burgess and Genevieve Forand, Bristol Elementary School third-graders, for having their posters selected to be used in the 2017 Robert Howe Fire Safety Calendar, which is published by the Vermont Division of Fire Safety every year.
Congratulations also to BES third-graders Jack Frizzell and Charlotte Crum for having their posters selected for honorable mentions. The honorable mention posters will be included in the back of the calendar.
MIDDLEBURY — Perhaps more than any U.S. Election cycle in recent history, that of 2016 offered rich and diverse opportunities for young learners.
At Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School, Ms. Levesque’s sixth-grade class engaged in a study of the two major party candidates. Students researched their professional backgrounds as well as their policies on taxes, education, the economy and the environment. They then prepared a visual display providing information for Mary Hogan’s entire student body.
MONTPELIER — President Pro-Tem John Campbell announced this week that Sen. Christopher Bray of New Haven has been named to the National Council of State Legislatures to represent Vermont on the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee.
FERRISBURGH — Members of the Ferrisburgh selectboard last week sat down briefly with Daniel Crossman, a Plank Road resident who first spoke with the board a year ago about what he called an unsafe stretch of that road between South Middlebrook and Pea Ridge roads.
Crossman approached the board in November 2015 after a speeding car struck his wife’s car as she was pulling out of their driveway; fortunately, she only needed stitches.