February 3rd, 2014
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge Elementary School kindergarten teacher Joy Dobson has had a very good couple of months.
President Barack Obama recently announced her selection as one of only 102 national recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Peter Welch is not among the taller members of the U.S. House of Representatives, but the Vermont Democrat can hoof it. I’ve got about five inches on him, but I’m struggling to keep up as we wind through the tunnels and alleys somewhere beneath the Longworth House Office Building.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont House and Senate agriculture committees are gearing up for a showdown over changes to the state’s flagship land conservation program.
A special study committee chaired by Sen. Bobby Starr, D-Essex/Orleans, struck all the language from a bill that passed the House in 2013. The Senate version — still a rough draft — was discussed at the Statehouse on Tuesday evening at the fifth and final in a series of public hearings.
MIDDLEBURY — The Safe Routes to School Team at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School encourages students to get rid of winter blahs and try a winter walk on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
VERGENNES — The Windsong Woodwind Quintet will give a free concert at Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.
Included in the program is “The Mother Goose Suite” by Maurice Ravel and David Maslanka’s “Quintet for Winds No. 2” as well as works by Gabriel, Colomer and Debussy. The performers come from diverse musical backgrounds, drawn together by the shared excitement and joy of live performance. They gather in late fall each year to choose a challenging program and prepare their winter concert series.
VERGENNES — The Commodore Booster Club saluted local business owner Brett Ward, owner of the City Limits Night Club in Vergennes, on Tuesday night, Jan. 21, at halftime of the Vergennes/Mount Abraham basketball game in Vergennes. The Boosters recognized Ward for his 13 years of support of the Vergennes Union High School Boosters and athletic programs.
In 2013 City Limits contributed $13,000 to the Commodore Booster Club, and since 2001 the business has contributed over $220,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Bread Loaf Corp. of Middlebury and Hypertherm Inc. of Hanover, N.H., have announced that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Hypertherm’s Heater Road facility in Lebanon, N.H., with a LEED Gold designation. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and represents the best in class green building practices measuring the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings.
VERGENNES — Barring any last-minute setbacks, the Vergennes Police Department should be able to start moving into its new $1.75 million North Main Street headquarters by the end of February, City Manager Mel Hawley told Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting last week.
On Wednesday, Hawley said construction has remained on schedule, and he is at least cautiously optimistic about a completion date during the month’s final week.