November 23rd, 2009
FERRISBURGH — About two dozen Ferrisburgh residents and Ferrisburgh Central School parents and teachers who gathered in the FCS gym on Thursday night first talked about what they loved about the town’s elementary school. And then they talked about what they saw as the pluses and minuses about the proposal for one board to govern the public schools in the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns.
ADDISON COUNTY — Ten thousand lights, a half-mile of extension cords and 60 hours of hard work setting up — for Salisbury resident Wayne Smith, that sounds like a recipe for Christmas spirit.
Smith takes to his yard every November to start stringing up an extensive display of lights and holiday decorations that, for 15 years, has been his way of marking the season. It started small, with a few decorations here and there, but by the time Smith bought a bit more property at his home at the north end of Lake Dunmore, he had the room to go crazy.
ADDISON COUNTY — Dozens of Vermont dairy farmers found themselves in the crosshairs of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thursday when the department rolled out its largest ever audit of employers in a crackdown on businesses shirking employment laws.
The Vermont Department of Agriculture on Thursday said ICE had targeted at least 86 farms for inspection, and Dairy Farmers Working Together reported between 86 and 100 farms were being issued subpoenas for employment records.
MIDDLEBURY — Peak fall foliage is long gone, but folks traveling through downtown Middlebury during the next few weeks will see quite a sight in the form of a major man-made attraction that, unlike the changing leaves, won’t return next year.
Vehicles bearing huge concrete beams — ranging in size from 65 feet to 110 feet long — were scheduled to wind their way on massive trucks through portions of the downtown on their way to the new Cross Street Bridge site on Nov. 19 and 20, and again on Dec. 1, 2, 3 and 4.
The Independent took an early look at Mount Abraham High School's production of "Oklahoma!" More than 100 Abraham students will be on stage in Bristol starting Thursday night for the school’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “Oklahoma!” The show, the first collaboration for Rodgers and Hammerstein, garnered a special Pulitzer Prize after it opened on Broadway in 1943. Mount Abraham also produced the show in 1981 and 1995. The 2009 show runs Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.
Independent photos/Trent Campbell
BRISTOL — State education officials are pushing local school boards to hold the line on school spending this year, urging school districts to level fund or even decrease spending at local schools.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday looked down the road to Middlebury to find a new police chief, but inside its own highly regarded fire department for a new leader to replace retiring longtime chief Ralph Jackman.
The city’s new police chief will be New Haven resident George Merkel, 55, a Middlebury patrolman who is an 11-year member of that department and also a Vermont Army National Guard veteran.
Every trade has its jargon. We journalists like to laugh at corporate babble (“We must think outside the box to empower our stakeholders”), edu-speak (“Our youngsters require enhanced child-centered collaborative activities for discovery learning”) and cop talk (“I advised the male subjects to disperse”).
But we too, even humble sports writers, are guilty of jargon, as our Independent proofreaders constantly remind my editor and me.