MONKTON — “Do you want to jump higher?” Karen Amirault shouts to the gymnasium full of Monkton Central School third- and fourth-graders.
The students, spread at arms’ length across the space, giggle and nod. Amirault presses play on an iPod hooked up to a set of speakers. The music begins and the students dance in unison, calling out their moves to stay on track.
The rehearsal goes off without a hitch, save for one boy who, despite valiant effort, is forced to pause midway to tie his shoelaces.
MIDDLEBURY — Champlain Valley Equipment’s (CVE) headquarters at 453 Exchange St. in Middlebury is a honeycomb of activity, with workers buzzing around to fill the business orders that keep coming in.
Well, the beehive is about to get a little bigger, as a result of two new additions designed to help the company better manage its growth and showcase its wares.
MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, will not run for re-election to a third consecutive term in the Vermont House.
Ralston, 60, confirmed the news in a brief written statement and during an interview with the Addison Independent on Tuesday. He cited increasing professional commitments as a primary reason for his decision to leave the Legislature when his term expires at the end of next year.
MONKTON — Longtime choreographer Karen Amirault, who is wrapping up a nine-day residency at Monkton Central School this Friday, has been dancing for five decades.
Amirault grew up in Melrose, Mass., and has been a dancer from the age of four, when she began taking lessons in ballet.
“Ballet is like Latin — it’s an incredibly strong base for any kind of dance,” Amirault said.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School is promoting financial literacy among students in a first-of-its-kind symposium next Wednesday and community members will help grade students’ final projects.
The event will showcase the final projects of students in Mount Abraham teacher Scott Beckwith’s “The Age of Legality” class.
BRISTOL — A local beverage retailer has expanded, just in time for the holiday season. Bristol Discount Beverage and Redemption Center, known as simply Bristol Beverage, has added additional space and added to its stock of beer, wine, hard cider and local foods.
“I’d be kidding if we could grow with just beer and wine sales,” owner Adam LaPerle said. “That’s why we expanded to cider, cheese and meats. We want more local stuff here.”
SHOREHAM — WhistlePig Whiskey of Shoreham last month introduced The Boss Hog series, a unique version of its whiskey that will be released each year. Company officials said this represents the finest and most unique rye in WhistlePig’s barrel barns.
The Boss Hog is a pure barrel strength, 100 percent single grain, straight rye whiskey, comprised of whiskey from one of only 24 of WhistlePig’s oldest and most unique barrels. Company officials said it is not for the uninitiated or the faint of heart.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury and New Haven firefighters on Monday evening quickly extinguished a blaze within Champlain Valley Equipment’s (CVE) repair shop at 453 Exchange St., a fire that did some significant damage to the interior of the facility and to some equipment that was housed there.
Middlebury Fire Department Assistant Chief David Shaw said firefighters were toned out to the business at around 6:30 p.m. Approximately 30 Middlebury firefighters responded, along with 20 from New Haven, according to Shaw.