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School board ballots expand in response to Act 46

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-area voters will see a lot more names than usual on their Town Meeting Day ballots this year. That’s because the Addison Central Supervisory Union is pursuing a unified school district under Act 46, which means a brand new, 13-member school board will need to be elected. And that’s in addition to positions on the current elementary and UD-3 school boards that will have to be filled to ensure a smooth transition for the new panel.

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Candidates sought for unified school board in ANwSU

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns who are interested in serving on the proposed 12-member board to govern all four ANwSU schools if district unification passes on March 1 must act quickly to get their names on their Town Meeting Day ballots.

Candidates for the position of “Union School Director” for what would become the “Addison Northwest School District” must hand in petitions, signed by 1 percent of their communities’ residents, to their town clerks on or before Monday, Jan. 25.

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DRB to consider airport runway extension

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Development Review Board on Jan. 25 will begin its scrutiny of a $3.5 million plan to renovate and extend the runway at the Middlebury State Airport.

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VUHS making cuts to reach $10 million budget

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday adopted a $10,026,000 budget proposal for the 2016-2017 school year that represents a 2.23 percent spending cut from current spending.

In what Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning on Tuesday called an oversight during a lengthy budget discussion, the board did not take up a separate $100,000 capital fund article.

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House committee backs small hike in Act 46 spending threshhold

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Tiffany Danitz Pache of Vt. Digger



MONTPELIER — After listening to hours of testimony on the good the bad and the ugly that school districts have endured trying to build budgets under a spending cap under Act 46, the House Committee on Education on Tuesday voted in favor of raising the spending threshold for every school district in the state by 0.9 percent for FY 2017.

The fix is meant to accommodate an unforeseen increase in health care costs and it has the support of Speaker of the House Shap Smith.

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'Team Vt.' brings aid to Syrian refugees

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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LINCOLN — “We didn’t sleep very much,” says Mari Cordes of her recent week on the Greek island of Lesvos.

No, it was not a winter vacation in search of the sun. The Lincoln resident went to Greece to provide humanitarian and medical aid to refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, who continue to arrive by the thousands, often on dangerously overcrowded inflatable dinghies, drenched and shivering as they flee their war-torn homelands.

“On an average day, there were thousands of refugees coming ashore,” said Cordes.

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Folklife center names gingerbread house winners

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury has announced the winners of its 17th annual gingerbread house competition, held in December. Staff report that well over a thousand visitors came to see the display.

This year’s (optional) theme was “Folklore: Emoji, Rainbow Unicorns and Lolcats,” which celebrated contemporary, electronic creativity by bringing it off screens and into the real world — as gingerbread.

The winners are as follows:

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Painting and poetry shed light on forest work

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By JULIA JOHN



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MIDDLEBURY — Lincoln artist Kathleen Kolb has been painting enchantingly radiant, realistic scenes of local forestry for two decades. Three summers ago, when Kolb shared her work with Vermont poet Verandah Porche, her longtime friend and former colleague at the Governor’s Institute on the Arts, the writer suggested they collaborate. So Porche spent last spring conversing and writing verses with foresters featured in Kolb’s paintings, complementing their visual depiction with words.

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Group recognizes college chaplain for community building

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) on Dec. 21, 2015, awarded its annual scholarship to Associate Chaplain Naila Baloch at Middlebury College’s Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.

The scholarship, named after Lyndon State College’s former president Carol A. Moore, recognizes women working in Vermont higher education who aspire to advance their careers. In its 11th year of supporting women in their professional endeavors, this scholarship awards up to $1,000.

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Bridport man to give insights on his experience in Peace Corps

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — A personal journey as a Peace Corps volunteer where ideals encountered the gritty working realities of another culture is the subject of the upcoming One World Library Project program on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol. Paul Kenyon, an engineer from Bridport, will present “It’s Often Not What We Expect: Experiences of a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic.”

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