April 20th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont is honoring its youngest learners during the Week of the Young Child, April 12-18. This nationwide event is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.
Addison Northeast, Addison Central and Addison Northwest supervisory unions — which cover 17 towns in the Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes areas — all will support some sort of publicly funded preschool programs in 2015-2016.
What is publicly funded preschool?
Publicly funded preschool is defined as 10 hours per week (35 weeks per year, September-June) of developmentally appropriate early learning experiences based on Vermont’s Early Learning Standards.
MIDDLEBURY — The front entrance of Porter Hospital will soon get a big makeover that will include an access ramp for mobility-impaired people and a spruced-up lobby.
It’s a more-than-$140,000 project that Porter Medical Center (PMC) officials are calling “long overdue,” and one that will be made possible through the generosity of the PMC Auxiliary and an anonymous benefactor who is making a $25,000 contribution in honor of longtime Porter President Jim Daily, who will soon retire.
WEYBRIDGE — At the legislative breakfast at the Congregational Church of Weybridge on April 13, lawmakers and citizens in attendance discussed energy topics facing Vermont, including the usefulness of a carbon tax and the spread of solar arrays.
The notion of a carbon tax to discourage the use of fossil fuels and create more capital for individuals, businesses and the state to invest in renewable energy. The Legislature has been discussing some carbon tax bills, but they have not been gaining much traction at the Statehouse.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union is organizing a “Kelly Boe Memorial Bike Ride” on Monday, May 4, at 4 p.m., to provide seed money for a scholarship fund in honor of Boe, a Middlebury resident who was killed after being struck by a car while cycling in Weybridge on April 14.
The ride is being spearheaded by ACSU Superintendent Peter Burrows, an avid cyclist.
WALTHAM — A Waltham affordable housing project that the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) has looked at for years now could become a reality.
The ACCT has applied to the Waltham Development Review board for a conditional use permit that would allow the trust to install seven modular duplexes on a 2.3-acre Maple Street Extension site that until 2009 housed the Gevry trailer park.
STARKSBORO — Voters in Starksboro will soon have the chance to weigh in on a proposal for a new town garage.
Selectwoman Susan Jeffries said the town selectboard plans to warn a vote on a $1.65 million bond for May 26.
For many residents, the vote couldn’t come soon enough. Asked what’s wrong with the current garage on Route 116, Jeffries said asking what isn’t wrong would provide a shorter answer.
BRISTOL — A German exchange student at Mount Abraham Union High School is eager to see more of the United States, and is competing in a contest that would send him to California.
Hendrik Schubinski, 16, is spending the school year with the Knight family in Bristol — parents Porter and David, and sons Bryson and Liam.
To do it, he’s taken a year off from his secondary school in Germany to participate in AFS, a global student exchange program based in the United States.