Unions support FairPoint strike
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Unions representing FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say preliminary vote counts suggest an overwhelming majority of members support authorizing a strike.
Negotiations began in April on a contract that expires Aug. 2. Workers in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire recently held meetings to vote on whether to authorize a strike.
Voting has finished in Vermont and Maine but has been extended in New Hampshire due to storm damage.
The vote does not mean the 2,000 workers will go on strike but gives union leaders the ability to call for one later.
The company says service to customers will continue if there is a strike.
Foreign language school to open
SOUTH BURLINGTON — A new school focusing on foreign languages is opening soon for Vermont students, Accents, School of Foreign Language (ASOFL). The school will be accepting students from pre-K and up starting on Sept. 15th.
According to a news release, “The school’s highly qualified teachers are building a creative immersion experience for students in an interactive classroom setting. Their mission is to provide a fun educational experience for students whose schools have cut or reduced their language arts programs, and for a fast-growing home-schooled population in Vermont.”
The school’s long term goal is fluency for its students.
Achieving fluency in another language can help students to have better outcomes on tests and achieve higher academic success, the news release stated, and students also will have better job opportunities and higher paying jobs if they are bilingual.
“We engage young minds with meaningful lessons that relate to their own lives,” stated founder and French teacher Brenda Beaudette-Kaim, who has taught in day cares, middle school, high school, and most recently at the University of Vermont. “There is a gap in foreign language education, especially for the younger population. Kids want it. Parents want it for their kids. We wanted to provide this opportunity for them,” she stated.
ASOFL will offer a once-a-week immersion program as well as an accelerated immersion program, three times a week. Classes are divided by age group and meet after school, during the school day, and on Saturdays.
The school will also be offering private and group tutoring.
The new school is located at 1881 Williston Road, South Burlington.
Open house dates in August are Saturday Aug. 2 and Aug. 30. For more information go online to asofl.com or call 860-468-5373.
VA holds career
expo and job fair
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The VA will hold a career resources expo and job fair Tuesday.
The event is open to members of the guard, reserves, veterans and their spouses from 1 to 3 p.m. It will be open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m.
It will take place in the White River Junction VA education building at 215 N. Main St.
The event will allow people to interview for open vacancies with local employers and speak with representatives from area colleges and universities.
For more information, contact Laura Pomeroy at 802-296-5171, or email email@example.com
— Staff and wire reports
Delays possible at Quebec border
ST. ALBANS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say there could be traffic delays at the Vermont-Canadian border during Quebec’s two-week “Construction Holiday.”
The annual holiday from July 20 through Aug. 2 could cause increased traffic since many residents from Quebec, including those not in the construction industry, go on vacation during this time.
Officials are reminding people seeking to cross to border to make sure they have an approved travel document such as a passport or enhanced driver’s license.
Travelers are encouraged to plan their trips during lighter traffic periods or to use less heavily traveled ports of entry. Up-to-date advisories and wait times can be found on the Customs and Border Protection website, www.cbp.gov.