August 26th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Principal Tom Buzzell and Assistant Principal Steve Lindemann welcome Mary Hogan students and parents to the 2013-2014 school year. As the new school year approaches, the Mary Hogan staff is busily preparing for opening day on Aug. 28.
VERGENNES — In addition to considering resident concerns about speeding on South Maple Street (see story in Aug. 22 edition of the Independent), Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday evening also discussed a rare extension of city sewer service outside of city limits, to the recently moved former Vergennes rail station that now rests in Ferrisburgh next to the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Park and Ride Lot off Route 22A.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School auditorium will be closed for what school officials said could be a few weeks following a safety inspection last week, but they also said they have a plan to fix the most pressing problems and bring the room and stage back on line as soon as possible — but probably not for a full fall theatrical production.
BRANDON — During the first two weeks of August, Otter Valley Union High School and many local host families opened their doors for 32 students and two teachers from Kunming, China. The goal of the visitors was, as head coordinator Jeff Jeskie put it, to “speak English!” The program was sponsored by Spiral International.
BRISTOL — A Bristol woman who has been awaiting a double-lung transplant for 16 months is embarking on a mission to spread awareness about a national shortage of organ donors by sharing her own story.
VERGENNES — The Aug. 20 Royal Southern Brotherhood benefit concert at and for the Vergennes Opera House may not have been a huge financial windfall for the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House (FVOH), but FVOH head Gerianne Smart said the event raised the city theater’s profile and should give the group a shot in the arm.
More than 200 people enjoyed a group that features Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers and Devon Allman, son of Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, Smart said. The new, bigger FVOH board considers the event a step forward.
MIDDLEBURY — The board of directors of the Middlebury Community House has announced that Jared Moats, owner of Structural Energy Corp. (SEC) of Middlebury, has joined the board.
Moats’ company has renovated and worked on historic buildings throughout Vermont for the last 15 years. In 2011, working with a match grant from Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, SEC completed the restoration of the original timber frame of the lower level at the Community House as well as other energy efficiency improvements.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer program will have only its second new coach in the past four decades this fall, as Bret Weekes, an assistant the past four years, has been hired to take over from longtime head coach Doc Seubert.
Seubert, who led the Tigers to a 16-3 record in 2012, had coached the Tigers since the 1970s, with the exception of a two-year hiatus during which MUHS teacher Jeff Clark led the team.