HEARD ON THE STREET: 10.15.15

Bridget Asay Appointed to Board of School Commissioners

MONTPELIER — During their meeting October 7, the Montpelier board of school commissioners appointed Bridget Asay, an attorney, to fill the vacancy left by Carol Paquette. Paquette resigned in September. Asay wrote in an email to The Bridge when she originally ran for a position on the board this spring, “I’m running for school board because I want to make sure we maintain thriving schools that give our children the education they need to succeed and become engaged, productive adults. I am committed to working hard to maintain the quality of our schools.” Asay further wrote she believes education is an investment that pays off and that schools need to be appropriately funded.

 

Local Teen Wins Scholarship to Travel to France

EAST MONTEPLIER — Savannah Yates, a junior at U-32 Middle and High School, has won a $300 scholarship to support her participation in her school’s French program this April. The scholarship is given annually by East Montpelier travel consultant, Karen Kane, to a student participating in an educational trip, language study, or home stay in France. Savannah is the daughter of Jody Dwire of Middlesex. Her French teachers are Beatrice David and Caroline Grace.

 

Secretary of State Jim Condos Announces Transparency Tour

MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos has announced the start of his third biennial transparency tour. The tour will stop at 12 locations across the state to discuss Vermont’s public records and open meeting laws with municipal and state employees and citizens who serve on local government boards. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Montpelier’s will be on Monday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. Condos said he will answer questions attendees may have regarding the nuances of these laws.

 

Rumney School Getting New Stormwater Installation

MIDDLESEX — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation awarded an Ecosystem Restoration Program grant to the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District to design and construct a stormwater installation at the Rumney Memorial School in Middlesex that will address its contribution to sediment and runoff into Martin’s Brook (locally called Shady Rill). The new system they are calling ‘The Learning Stream.’  They will take a weedy ditch and, by using vegetation, will slow the flow of water and remove some of the sediments otherwise headed for Martin’s Brook.

 

Split Vote: Planning Commission Votes Medium Density For Sabin’s Pasture

MONTPELIER — In a 4–3 split vote, Montpelier’s Planning Commission voted September 28 to zone Sabin’s Pasture for medium density residential rather than low density residential. “We now have what we need to make the final draft map, we can start going through and put together the materials to finish up section two,” said Planning Director Michael Miller by phone to The Bridge. Voting against medium density zoning were Kim Cheney (Cheney was out of town and voted by speaker phone), chair; Jon Anderson, acting chair and Eileen Simpson. Voting for medium density zoning were John Adams, Leslie Welts, Tina Ruth and Barbara Conrey.

“There we are. We are done,” Anderson said after the vote.

Sabin’s Pasture is owned by the Zorzi family Trust, and they have, through trustee Doug Zorzi, said they wanted the northern part of the property to be medium density residential. According to Miller, “If a project is a certain size, it will be required to be clustered and land will be required to be conserved … there would have to be conserved at the top.”

“There will be 30 day notice for public hearings, then there will be public hearings,” Miller said. “If we have the map and know the information by November, we can always (amend the draft).” Miller said the commission will aim to finish the draft map by the end of October, during meetings scheduled for the 19th and 26th. The Conservation Commission will yet have input on the conservation lands map.

 

Calling All Thespians: Auditions Set for ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield Little Theatre is holding open auditions for William Shakespeare’s comedy “All’s Well That Ends Well,” to be held on Sunday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Plainfield Community Center, above the Plainfield Co-op, 153 Main Street. Performance dates are February 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2016, 7 p.m. curtain.

Rehearsals will be held two weekday evenings each week, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday afternoons, from 2 to 5 p.m., beginning November 8, at locations in the Central Vermont area to be announced.

There will be additional rehearsals during the week leading up to opening night on February 4. Roles include a young woman seeking to marry Count Bertram, Count Bertram, a young man; an older countess, the King of France, a cowardly braggart, an older Polonius-type character, another young woman vying for Bertram’s attention, a fool, a widow, some gentlemen, lords, dukes, soldiers and more.

Please come prepared to read roles from the play. You may also prepare a short monologue, if you wish. Contact Tom Blachly, director, at 229-5290 with any questions.

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