October 21st, 2013
News last week that the Vermont Department of Health Care Access (DVHA) has incurred excesses in its $2.8 million media campaign promoting Vermont Health Care Connect should prompt the Shumlin administration to scrutinize the media firm’s accounting and make appropriate adjustments.
ADDISON COUNTY/BRANDON — In the wake of the suicide last week of Mount Abraham student Olivia Scott, which family said was at least in part due to online bullying that the 16-year-old endured, school administrators, counselors and health professionals are stressing the importance of anti-bullying curricula in local schools.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh Central School officials in the months to come will consider whether to invest in a new boiler that would burn either wood chips or pellets and could save the school money in its heating bills.
According to an Oct. 8 presentation at an FCS board meeting by a Renewable Energy Resources company representative, a wood chip boiler could pay for itself in as few as four years and a wood pellet unit in as few as nine years, depending upon among other things the price of fuel oil.
MIDDLEBURY — An upcoming project to replace Middlebury’s two downtown railroad overpasses with a concrete tunnel is likely to result in Bud’s Barber Shop — a local institution — being trimmed from its longtime location at 44 Merchants Row.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series that highlights the people and programs of the Charter House Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing basic food and housing to people in need in and around Middlebury. Cate Costley, a junior at Middlebury College, worked this past summer with the coalition. Through this work she had the chance to connect and converse with individuals who receive assistance through the coalition’s programs.
MIDDLEBURY — Artist Anjanette Lemak had tried her hand in numerous mediums, including photography, sculpting, fashion and jewelry design. Faced with some major life changes, she decided early this year to pick an artistic pursuit in which she hoped to carve out a livelihood: Creating fine jewelry.
BRISTOL — Art on Main in Bristol announces its October-November 2013 featured artist exhibit, “Natural Patterns.” On display will be naturalist fish paintings by Lincoln artist Nick Mayer and baskets by Maura Clancy of Salisbury. The community is invited to a celebratory reception on Friday, Oct. 18, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the gallery at 25 Main St.
RIPTON — The students and staff of Ripton Elementary School — including 44 students in grades pre-K through sixth — on Monday, Sept. 30, took a field trip to Middlebury College.
The day started on the athletic fields, where the Ripton students got to play with men and women from the lacrosse teams, softball team and women’s ice hockey team. Students learned to handle sticks, catch, throw, run and dodge in four different stations around the facilities.