Monday, May 17, 2010

Bill McKibben, podcast, Ripton

Ripton denizen Bill McKibben was interviewed on this prominent podcast about his new book. Bill speaks of Ripton at several points.

Download and listen - and comment on the Radio Open Source site.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Help Plan the Future of Ripton Elementary School

To all those interested in the future of the Ripton Elementary School:

The Ripton School Board will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday night, May 18th, at 7:00 PM in the Ripton Elementary School to begin our community discussions about the long range plan for the school.

As you know, there is considerable political pressure from the state level to close or consolidate small schools. Those of us on the board are fully committed to maintaining our school in town, and we believe that most people in town feel the same way. However, we must acknowledge the pressure of declining enrollment and the need to provide the best education we can for our students, while recognizing the financial burden that a small school puts on our residents. We are willing to consider any and all ideas that may be proposed.

Our hope is that we can identify actions that the board may take with regards to the school, and explore them through inquiry and discussion. This will probably be the first of a number of meetings; we will let our next steps proceed from the first.

We look forward to meeting with you on Tuesday the 18th. Please feel free to share this letter with anyone else you believe may be interested in joining us.

Thank you.

The Ripton School Board

Carol Ford (
Michael Hussey (
Willem Jewett (
Amy McGlashan (
Connie Trudeau (

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Transportation bill has goods for Ripton

The state of Vermont is finishing up a new Transportation Bill, which contains some Ripton projects:

Resurfacing Route 125 in Ripton and Hancock, beginning at the
Middlebury-Ripton town line and extending east 6.536 miles. Estimated cost: