February 11th, 2016
BRISTOL — The Tari Shattuck Educational Foundation of Bristol recently funded nine projects in the elementary schools of Addison Northeast Supervisory Union to support innovative educational opportunities developed by local teachers. This school year, as part of its support of excellence in teaching and learning in ANeSU, the foundation is granting up to $1,000 for projects to each of the ANeSU elementary schools.
BRISTOL — Jacquie Werner-Gavrin, founder and director of the Red Cedar School in Bristol, has been nominated for the 2015-2016 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Werner-Gavrin was nominated by parent William Aikman.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school basketball play this week, the Mount Abraham girls and Middlebury boys earned victories, while the Otter Valley girls and boys and the Mount Abraham and Vergennes boys came up short.
The Tiger girls also hosted Vergennes on Monday; see story on Page 1B.
VERGENNES — Residential school tax rates are now expected to drop in four out of five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union communities, according to new estimates released this week by ANwSU officials.
They revised their estimates — which are lower than those published in ANwSU annual town reports — after the Legislature agreed late in January to make changes to school-funding provisions in Act 46, Vermont’s new education law that also promotes school consolidation.
Mad River Glen is famous for its “Ski It If You Can” slogan.
But in a winter like this one, what’s a skier to do if — ski it, you can’t?
Despite a bit of white stuff this week, we are in the grip of one of the warmest winters in memory, due in part to climate change and El Niño. So while Colorado skiers are experiencing Powder Nirvana, we have so far been consigned to a Vermont “winter” that resembles nothing so much as Georgia in January.
NEW HAVEN — Both of the New Haven selectboard incumbents who are running for re-election will face challengers on Town Meeting Day.
Kathleen Barrett, currently chair of the selectboard, will stand for a three-year seat against New Haven Planning Commission member Dan Monger. Selectboard member Carole Hall is running against Bridget Kipp and John Roleau for a two-year seat.
Meanwhile, Ed McGuire is running unopposed for re-election to his three-year seat as a Beeman school director.
In the Near Future
During the next twenty years, the following sequence becomes increasingly possible.
Winters become warmer, and thus cold dry snow turns to wet snow,
Which turns to a mix of rain and snow falling on the Green Mountains of Vermont.
The snow of a normal winter sits on the mountain until spring.
I write this letter to protest the recently announced registered nurse layoffs planned for Porter Medical Center.