February 24th, 2011
Vermont’s Town Meeting Day tradition, with one of the purest forms of democratic rule, falls in the midst of turbulent upheaval throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East and should prompt deep appreciation for what too many Vermonters take for granted.
But before looking inward, let’s look abroad.
MIDDLEBURY — A new 17,000-square-foot building in the Middlebury South Village (MSV) development off Court Street is on track to be finished by the end of March, at which time it will be occupied by the Vermont Agency of Human Services’ Addison County offices that are currently based at 700 Exchange St.
“Things have gone incredibly smoothly,” MSV managing owner Jeff Glassberg said of the project, which broke ground just last September.
“We are ahead of schedule.”
Last Friday, Mother Nature gave us a treat: nice weather.
The warm breeze and bright sunlight came as an unfamiliar surprise to county residents, who, upon stepping outside, squinted skyward and blinked, disoriented, much like Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, but without the media attention. Was it time to wake up?
ADDISON — On March 1, Addison residents will have a choice in an Addison Central School board race between a current board member who was appointed to her position in April 2010, and a former board member who stepped down in the 1990s.
The incumbent is Michele Kelly, who worked for 40 years as a college professor, 18 at the Community College of Philadelphia. A married mother of four and grandmother of six, Kelly said her ties to Addison go back 30 years.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team used a big fourth quarter to defeat visiting Milton on Tuesday, 43-34.
The Eagles improved to 12-7 heading into Thursday’s regular season finale, a home game vs. Middlebury. Mount Abe has already clinched no worse than a No. 3 seed for the Division II playoffs, but could move up to No. 2 with a win over the Tigers, coupled with a loss by Lyndon (13-6) in the Vikings’ finale.
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team rallied past host Vergennes on Friday, 44-31, to keep the Tigers’ hopes for a Division II home playoff game — or possibly even two — alive.
At 7-10, the Tigers are now in fifth, just behind U-32 (8-9) and just ahead of Fair Haven (7-11). They have left two road games — at winless Missisquoi on Tuesday and at Mount Abraham (11-7) on Thursday — and a tough home game vs. D-I Rice on Saturday.