May 30th, 2013
VERGENNES — Unlike some longtime educators, Vergennes Union Elementary School kindergarten teacher Donna Ebel did not grow up convinced she wanted to spend her career working with students.
Ebel followed a winding path to the VUES classroom that has been her professional home for the past 21 years and now for just a few days more — she will step down at the end of the school year.
MIDDLEBURY — She’s been visiting Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (HPHRC) just about every Tuesday for more than three years, but the senior residents still line up for her arrival, hoping to get some eye contact and a handshake or two. No need for an exchange of words.
Not that the celebrity in question can speak in complete sentences; her vocabulary is confined to the occasional “woof.”
COLCHESTER — Vicky M. Drew, state conservationist for Vermont’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced today that signups have begun for a new project to monitor water quality on agricultural fields in targeted areas throughout the state.
MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, for the second straight game the Vergennes Union High School softball team got a two-hit, route-going pitching performance from a junior hurler against a county rival.
Last week, Taylor Paquette produced an 8-2 win over visiting Mount Abraham. On Tuesday, classmate Emilee Trudo tossed a 13-strikeout gem as the Commodores beat host Middlebury, 10-0.
BRANDON — An exciting new opportunity for entrepreneurs in Rutland and Addison counties will be presented in Brandon on Wednesday, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Building J in Park Village, the former Brandon Training School property and future headquarters of the Brandon Venture Center Incubator. Farmers’ market vendors, start-up businesses and established producers looking to grow will find the evening not only interesting but potentially highly profitable as well.
The economics of drug use has changed dramatically in the past generation. It used to be that heroin was an expensive drug, way out of the range of high school students and casual users who had to work for a living. In the 1980s, a bag cost about $100. Today, $10 will buy you that same bag of heroin — roughly the price of a pack of smokes or a high-priced beer.
MIDDLEBURY — The rivalry between Middlebury and Vergennes union high school teams on the baseball diamond always seems to bring excitement, especially with precious playoff points at stake.
Such was the case on Tuesday, when for the third straight game the Commodores received a stellar pitching performance, with the result being a 9-1 victory over Middlebury. The win moved the defending Division II champions to 9-6 as the season turns toward June. With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 3-10 in the competitive Metro Division.
When I sat down recently with soon-to-retire Ferrisburgh Central School teacher Alana Lilly, I asked her the standard question about the highlights of her 30 years at the school.
As is always the case, not all of an interviewee’s response made the final cut for a story. Not everything fit: After all, in 30 years, Lilly, like other teachers with similar careers, had made an impact at her school.