Top Stories for Monday December 25, 2006
Forest Dale Development Ready For Act 250, Could Add 70 House Lots
By Ed Barna
When Otter Valley Union High School proposed a $10.3 million bond issue this fall, critics argued that the school population was not projected to increase to any degree that matched the proposed expenditure.
Taxpayers in Brandon have been saying for years that taxes are too high, and officials have been trying for years to attract new businesses-but have hit the obstacle that there isn't any large pool of workers or enough housing to attract them.
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The Gailer School Returns To Its Roots
By Dale Piper
The Gailer School, established in Middlebury in 1989, has returned after an eight year stint at Shelburne Commons. Gailer's origins were essentially in founder Harry Chaucer's kitchen, where eight students would gather in 1988 to discuss the origin of the universe, evolution and human civilization. Within months, students and their parents, along with Mr. Chaucer, concurred that it was time to establish a real school and find a location. The school's first home was the building that now houses the St. Mary's School. When St. Mary's Catholic Church decided to reopen its parochial school, the Gailer School had to find new digs and settled in Shelburne. During that eight-year period, two new independent schools opened in the Chittenden County area: the Vermont Commons School opened and the Waldorf School expanded to include the upper high school grades. Rice Memorial High School was also in the area, and Gailer's administration felt that it was time to return to Middlebury.
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The Vermont Folklife Center Announces Gingerbread competition Winners
The Vermont Folklife Center today announced the winners of the eighth annual Gingerbread House competition at its Court Street location in Middlebury. Among the 44 entries were many variations on the traditional theme of both Gingerbread and house. The rules of the competition dictate that all elements of the structures must be edible, except the 12” by 16” base. From this basic reference the only limitation is one’s imagination. This year’s interpretations included log cabins made from large pretzels, skyscrapers made of cookies, chocolate cars and gingerbread trucks, sugar cube pyramids and frosting-laden aliens. Some of the structures depicted actual buildings, including a local historic church, while others were totally imaginary and included a spacecraft, a string of pyramids, a dollhouse, a factory and a tent.
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