May 5th, 2014
VERGENNES — On the west side of the Bixby Library’s second floor, one room overflows with donated items that range from thousands of mostly Abenaki projectile points to two bass drums that once served as the backbeat of the Vergennes High School band.
STARKSBORO — The Starksboro selectboard at its March 11 meeting reorganized its board and appointed residents to several town positions.
The selectboard nominated and approved Susan Jeffries to be the body’s chair. Selectboard members also approved the following appointments: Wayne Marcelle, poundkeeper; Tom Estey, tree warden; Susan Reit, representative to the Addison County Solid Waste Management District; and Michael Gray, town service officer.
MONTPELIER — Vermont lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill mandating that all law enforcement officers collect data about the race of people they pull over. It was, in part, a political statement that they will not tolerate racial profiling by police.
After nearly two hours of impassioned debate, House lawmakers passed S.184 on a vote of 138-3. It was scheduled for a final vote Friday and then must pass the Senate.
BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will be holding its 28th annual Fine Arts Festival at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School May 6-8. This event features the accomplishments of the students from the district in visual and performing arts. The results of a year of teaching and learning will be shared with the five-town community through displays and performances.
BRANDON — “With watercolor, the paint participates in the creative process — you don’t so much control it as collaborate with it.”
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School Board Director James Callahan has resigned from the position to which he was elected on March 4, citing a disagreement with board Chairwoman Ruth Hardy.
Callahan claimed that he was cut off from speaking on issues and verbally resigned at the ID-4 school board’s April 17 meeting. On Thursday, Callahan confirmed that he had not yet submitted a letter of resignation and is considering rescinding his decision.
ESSEX JUNCTION — IBM, the largest single private employer in Vermont, is putting its semi-conductor business up for sale, according to reports in the financial press. Frank Cioffi, president of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. (GBIC), however, is hopeful that if the Essex facility is sold, it will remain open under new ownership.
The potential impact on the regional economy should IBM close would be enormous.
MIDDLEBURY — When Michelle Hudson laid out her display at the American Legion on a recent Saturday morning she admitted she had a bit of an inventory problem.
Overflowing from soda cases were hundreds of rounds of ammunition for firearms of all caliber, packed into plastic bags and small cardboard boxes without any semblance of organization.