November 12th, 2015
VERGENNES — After a brief closed-doors session on Tuesday, the Vergennes City Council opted for a newcomer to city government, South Water Street resident Mark Koenig, to replace soon-to-depart Alderman Joe Klopfenstein.
Council members picked Koenig over a candidate with more experience in Vergennes, former alderman and current Vergennes Development Review Board member Peter Garon.
Koenig and Garon were the only two residents who put their names forth in letters to Mayor Bill Benton before the Nov. 5 deadline.
ADDISON COUNTY — Parents of very young children and officials at schools around Vermont have an extra wrinkle to consider as they prepare for the 2016-2017 academic year: a state mandate that pre-kindergarten services be offered to eligible students through public schools or private programs.
Act 166, signed into law in 2014, requires all school districts in Vermont to offer 10 hours per week — during the 35 weeks of the academic year — of pre-K education to children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten.
Even as two of Vermont’s five current gubernatorial candidates call for the repeal of Act 46, schools and towns are steadily embracing the state’s new school governance law with some success and even enthusiasm, while other towns are beginning to understand the subtleties inherent in the law that allow for flexibility.
It’s a shame when the punch line of a story becomes crystal clear before the conclusion of a story. Such is the case with this one, but it’s too good to keep.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Players will stage two one-act comedies at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury in February: Peter Shafer’s “Black Comedy” and Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound.” Auditions will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 18 and 19, at 7 p.m., at the Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury. Those auditioning should register by 6:45 p.m.
The Democratic presidential debate this Saturday evening comes at a critical time for the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders needs a strong showing in order to close the gap with Hillary Clinton nationally, and to solidify his position in Iowa and New Hampshire.
For the past several months, the Better Middlebury Partnership has worked closely with town officials, the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, community organizations and local business owners to discuss the potential impact to businesses, organizations and the community during the proposed rail project, projected to begin preliminarily in spring 2016.
MIDDLEBURY — Lawrence “Tweeter” Felion left school after eighth grade and “began logging at 15 with a crosscut and ax.” Now 78, the Leicester native is still logging alongside his son and brother, who’ve been part of his close-knit crew for decades. Born the oldest of 11 siblings during the Great Depression, Felion says, “I know what hard times are.”