April 14th, 2014
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board on Thursday made final a $3.5 million budget proposal that removes about $120,000 from the board’s initial plan that lost on March 4, 450-279.
The board also set May 13 as a revote date. The Vergennes Union High School board will meet this Monday evening to adopt a new budget plan and is also expected to call for a May 13 vote, Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials said.
MIDDLEBURY — Eighty-five Middlebury voters turned out at the annual ID-4 meeting on April 9 to overwhelmingly approve a proposed 2014-2015 budget of $6,647,165 for Mary Hogan Elementary School and to authorize construction of a new $225,000 playground project.
Both referenda passed by resounding voice votes after what ID-4 Chairwoman Ruth Hardy described as some “great questions and discussion.”
WATERBURY CENTER — The Green Mountain Club, which maintains the Long Trail, has hired a man who grew up in Middlebury as its new leader.
On this past Wednesday, the club’s board of directors announced the appointment of Michael DeBonis as the organization’s next executive director.
MIDDLEBURY/VERGENNES — TaeKwon Do K.I.C.K.S. of Middlebury and Vergennes has had a very busy start to 2014. In January, we promoted 6 students to black belt: Tyler King, 9, of Bristol; Sam Warren, 9, of Bridport; Wes Hirdler, 10, of Middlebury; Rielly Wright, 12, of Salisbury; Grace Widelitz, 13, of Middlebury; and Jacob Brookman, 13, of Leicester.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) board on Wednesday voted 15-11 that the proposed natural gas pipeline from Middlebury to Ticonderoga, N.Y., can pass muster with the county’s regional plan. That decision will be passed along to the Vermont Public Service Board to consider as it determines whether to green-light the controversial project being advanced by Vermont Gas.
LEICESTER — More than a week after police say Timothy Foley shot his neighbor and two state troopers, the motive for the crime remains unclear.
According to court documents, Foley did not offer a motive for his actions in interviews conducted by detectives the morning of the shooting.
ADDISON COUNTY — Despite the departure from the Addison County Chamber of Commerce of organizer and promoter Marguerite Senecal this month, the signature events she coordinated — including the Vergennes Day celebration — will still go on.
Chamber President Andrew Mayer said French Heritage Day, the Bristol Harvest Festival and the Better L8 Than Never Car Show, all of which Senecal had a hand in, are still on the calendar as well.