November 24th, 2014
VERGENNES — Nine students were inducted into the Otter Valley Chapter of the National Honor Society at Vergennes Union High School on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The traditional candlelight induction ceremony was attended by parents, relatives, friends of inductees, teachers, administrators and school board members.
MIDDLEBURY — These were difficult times for Frank “Sandy” Rose and his family. His longtime spouse, Anne, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years prior, and it was heartbreaking to see her memory and physical well-being fade.
“She got progressively worse,” recalled Rose, who now lives at the Residence at Otter Creek in Middlebury.
Editor’s note: Henry Wilmer, 69, of Lincoln, is a retired school teacher and former member of the Lincoln School Board. He offered this insight into the dying process.
ADDISON COUNTY — With the thermometer now consistently dipping below the freezing mark, Addison County residents of limited means have been firing up their furnaces and wood stoves with the hope that they won’t run out of fuel before the end of the winter. And various state and local organizations are offering programs to make sure frigid temperatures don’t claim any victims during the frigid months ahead.
MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County has teamed up with a Lincoln artist for a new kind of collaboration that will benefit both the charity and the local art scene.
Local artists said it’s a model that could help them and that other charities should adopt.
The project, said the county’s United Way Development and Marketing Director Nancy Luke, came from a desire to involve more local resources in fundraising drives.
MIDDLEBURY — It was around 1904 that the late Col. Silas Ilsley — the Civil War veteran whose name graces Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library — pledged $75,000 to erect the resplendent Memorial Baptist Church building that stands proudly at 97 South Pleasant St.
More than a century later, congregation members have invested two-and-a-half times the church’s original construction price in order to endow it with a pellet boiler system aimed at reducing the structure’s fuel consumption and its carbon footprint for many years to come.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of the Vergennes Union FFA Chapter in Vermont joined teams from around the United States at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville this month.
VUHS FAA adviser Bill Van De Weert said his crew did “great work representing Vermont on the national level.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police have honored a Middlebury Union High School senior for a courageous act.
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, Police Chief Thomas Hanley presented Alyzza Odell the department’s Community Service Award in recognition of an act of selfless courage she performed on behalf of her community.