March 3rd, 2015
BRISTOL — In just the first five minutes of this past Thursday’s public negotiations between the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers’ union and the board of the Bristol-area schools, the public learned how far apart the two sides’ proposals are. In their opening statement, the teachers were frank in their disapproval of the board’s first contract draft.
VERGENNES — About 5,000 visitors come to Brandon for its annual community-wide yard sale, an event coordinated by that town’s chamber of commerce, which in turn reaps close to $1,000 for promoting and organizing the day.
That success caught the attention of downtown Vergennes merchant Linda Cook, owner of Linda’s Apparel and Gifts on Main Street.
Cook brought the idea of trying to duplicate those results to someone who knows the idea works in Brandon: new Addison County of Chamber Executive Director Susan Hoxie, who is a Brandon resident.
“Most people have pulled an all-nighter — driving across country, cramming for a test, etc. So when you talk about sleep deprivation, most people will nod their heads and think they know what you’re talking about. But they don’t, I mean, not really,” explained Alexis Dubief, a mother of two boys.
“When you have a baby, this little seven-pound love nugget is immediately the most important thing in the entire world,” she continued.
BRISTOL — Facing each other across long rows of tables six feet apart at Mount Abraham Union High School on Thursday evening, Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers and school board members negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement.
Hard to miss was a NEAT TV tripod and camera between the rows of tables — an unusual sight at a teachers’ contract negotiation.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Town Clerk Ann Webster has received and certified two petitions aimed at moving up the date of the ID-4 school district annual meeting and changing the method by which the Mary Hogan Elementary School budget is voted.
Both petitions needed to bear the signatures of at least 235 registered voters.
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound Executive Director Jessica Danyow’s office window looks over the drop-off area for new, furry additions to the Addison County’s Human Society shelter. She witnesses a sporadic parade of pooches and pussycats with assorted hard-luck stories that all include a common chapter: No place to call home.
On Feb. 12 Danyow noticed an unusual arrival limp into the shelter.
MIDDLEBURY — Henry Chalfant, co-producer and documentarian of the original street art movement in New York, will screen his award-winning 1983 film “Style Wars” at Middlebury College this Thursday afternoon. The screening, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium in Sunderland Language Center, Route 125, on the college campus.
Chalfant will answer questions from the audience after the film is shown.