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May 24th, 2007

Memorial Day reflections

May 24, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — Like many World War II veterans, Vergennes native Martin Casey says he was just doing his job when he signed up to fight fascism, a decision that led him to fight under Gen. George S. Patton in Germany and then do post-war service in Japan. 

Although he enlisted to serve in WWII, it took some arm-twisting on the part of officials of Vergennes American Legion Post 14, an outfit Casey has served as commander four times, to get him to agree to act as the marshal of the city’s Memorial Day parade, the state’s largest.

Casey, an accomplished musician and former Vergennes city clerk and shop owner who has also held many other key offices for Post 14, said others are more deserving of the honor. His parting words to an interviewer discussing parade duty with him were, “Don’t make me out to be some kind of war hero.”

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Clinton visit preparations continue

May 24, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College officials and town police are gearing up for what they believe will be the largest graduation ceremony this town has ever seen.

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the commencement speech at the college this Sunday, May 27, and 7,000 people have secured tickets to see him.

In an effort to keep the ceremony, which will celebrate the approximately 600 graduates of the class of 2007, as intimate as possible, tickets were reserved for graduates and their families, alumni and friends of the college. No tickets are no longer available.

Secretary of the College John Emerson could not reveal many of the details of Clinton’s visit, only that he will speak at 10 a.m. on the green below Mead Chapel, and that only people with tickets will be permitted. Commencement is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Memorial Day Parades - 2007

ADDISON COUNTY — The last weekend in May is always a big one for anyone who likes to listen to brass bands play, wonder at the precision driving of Shriners in pint-size vehicles, and watch a procession of friends and neighbors march past holding banners and waving. This year should be no exception.

Six Addison County towns will host Memorial Day parades this weekend.

As usual, Orwell will kick-off the festivities with its traditional Sunday afternoon parade, which gets under way at 1:30 p.m. The 34th annual parade will line up on North Orwell Road and proceed through the village to the green. This year’s parade marshal, Cindy Watrous, will lead a procession that includes the Fair Haven Union High School band, the Catamount Pipe Band, four American Legion color guard units, at least six Shriners units and a collection of fire department and rescue vehicles from area towns. The Rev. John Tatro of the Orwell Congregational Church will give the invocation as part of the memorial service on the green.

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May 21st

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Legislative roundup

May 21, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers last week gave a passing grade to the 2007 legislative session, giving particularly high marks to measures that will expand Internet/cellular phone coverage throughout the state and give Vermonters more assistance in making their homes energy efficient.

The Legislature adjourned on May 12 after a four-month marathon that saw lawmakers endorse, among other things, an education cost-containment bill and partial state subsidies for pre-kindergarten programs.

On the other hand, lawmakers took a pass on several controversial, high-profile measures, including an impeachment resolution and “right-to-die” legislation.

All in all, it was a good session, according to Rep. Steve Maier, D-Middlebury.

“I think the Legislature was really productive this year,” said Maier, chairman of the House Health Care Committee. “There was a real sense that people worked very hard on behalf of Vermonters.”

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Whiting/Sudbury school plan to gather feedback

May 21, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

WHITING/SUDBURY — After less than two months of public meetings, the Whiting and Sudbury school boards have drafted a joint contract agreement to consolidate their elementary school operations for the 2008-2009 academic year. Now they hope to begin gathering feedback from their respective communities.

Each town will hold a special town meeting on Nov. 6 at which a final plan will be presented and residents in each town will vote on the idea.

“The school boards wanted to get the proposed contract out to the citizens for review and suggestions,” said William Mathis, Superintendent of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union. “At this early date, we have time to consider and revise as needed.”

As the draft reads now, starting in the fall of 2008, the Whiting school would serve kindergarten through second grade students and the Sudbury school would serve third- through sixth-graders.  

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May 17th

Revote saves school

May 17, 2007

By JOHN S. McCRIGHT

HANCOCK/GRANVILLE — After casting votes on Town Meeting Day that appeared to doom the Granville-Hancock Village School, residents in the two Addison County towns at separate meetings on Wednesday night reconsidered their March 6 decisions and voted instead to fund the school for another year.

“I’m very pleased,” said Granville school board member Kristi Fuller. “If I learned any lessons it’s that you need to hang on to your school as tight as you can and you need to get the people in Montpelier to understand that Vermont is a rural community and we’re not going to consolidate all the schools in the state.”

Granville and Hancock merged their separate village schools three years ago and teach about 36 children in kindergarten through sixth-grade at two buildings, one in each town. Many in both towns have defended the unique education that their children get in this setting.

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Briarwood returns with new name and management

May 17, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — About three years after it closed, the Briarwood Nursing Home will be returned to its former mission in Vergennes under new management and with a new name: Spruce Gardens Residential Care Home.

Building contractor Alan Giguere has a contract to purchase Briarwood from owner John LaBerge, who has been marketing the 10,000-square-foot building on a 4-acre lot at 1 Alder Place for $1.2 million.

Ferrisburgh native and 1986 Vergennes Union High School graduate Earl Dionne, who will manage Spruce Gardens for Giguere, said Giguere now has a lease on the property, but that a sale is planned for mid-June.

Not too long after that Dionne and Giguere hope to start filling the 19-bed facility, which is about three blocks north of Main Street, with its target population: seniors who need some help but still have most skills intact.

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