Month: January 2016

MVU: Honor Society casts spotlight on the arts

SWANTON – Missiquoi Valley Union High School (MVU) recently adopted a chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS), officially inducting members during a special ceremony last week. The idea for a chapter at MVU came from art teacher Lindsay DiDio’s experience with the society as a student teacher in Pennsylvania. “We thought that we had a group of students that would be interested and be active in doing it,” DiDio said. She and art teacher Carole Benoit put “feelers” out to test the students’ interest level before going “gung ho.” “Fourteen or 15 people showed up the first...

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WILLIAM J. VANCE

GREENLAND, N.H. — William J. Vance died Jan. 27, 2016. Born in Lebanon, N.H. Sept. 27, 1950, the son of George and Lucile Vance. He graduated from Swanton High School. The funeral will be held at a later...

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MARY KATHRYN JARVIS

ST. ALBANS — Mary Kathryn Jarvis, a lifelong area resident, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at the UVM Medical Center with her family at her side. Born in St. Albans on July 9, 1953, she was a daughter of the late George and Evelyn (Davies) Durkee. Mary was 62 years old. On Apr. 26, 1974, she married Dan W. Jarvis, who survives her. Mary was a 1971 graduate of Bellows Free Academy. For the past 34 years she was associated with Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, best known by the name ‘MJ,’ having just retired five weeks...

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JEANNE (WEBSTER) JOSLIN

ST. ALBANS — Jeanne (Webster) Joslin, 87, a lifelong resident of this area, died on Sunday, Jan 24, 2016, at home, with her two sons, Tom and Arnold, at her side. Born in St Albans on Sep, 20, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Henley and Dorothy (Conger) Webster. On Jan. 14, 1950, in Colchester, she married Guy Joslin, originally from Waitsfield, who died on Oct. 28, 2002. Jeanne was a 1946 graduate of Bellows Free Academy in St Albans, and then worked for the George Soule maple company. Jeanne also assisted Guy in his work as...

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EDUCATION: High school choice possible

SWANTON — High school choice could expand for students in Enosburgh, Richford, St. Albans City and St. Albans Town, all of which currently have a designated high school. Superintendent Jay Nichols of Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union (FNESU) presented the possibility Tuesday night to a committee studying the merger of all of the FNESU schools into a single district. A Franklin Central Supervisory Union (FCSU) study panel already has proposed a merger of the school districts of Fairfield, St. Albans City and St. Albans Town. Merger votes will take place in those communities on Town Meeting Day. If both mergers happen, Nichols recommended the new merged FNESU enter into an agreement with a merged FCSU to allow students from its eight communities to choose between Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in St. Albans, Enosburg Falls High School (EFHS) and Richford High School. FCSU Superintendent Kevin Dirth said he also would present the possibility of a high school choice agreement to the FCSU merger study committee. That committee is considering making recommendations to the board that will govern the merged district. It would be the new board that would have to negotiate, approve and sign the agreement. If Fairfield voters opt to merge with St. Albans City and St. Albans Town, BFA would become the designated high school of Fairfield students, about 20 of which currently attend EFHS. Similarly, EFHS and Richford...

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