July 23rd, 2015
STARKSBORO — Starksboro will hold a special town meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4, to decide whether to change the method by which voters approve the Robinson Elementary School annual budget.
At issue is which method — voting in person at town meeting or voting at the polls by what is called “Australian ballot” — provides the best forum for public discussion and participation while ensuring a budget that matches the community’s financial resources with its desire for excellence in education.
VERGENNES — The Department of Education’s release late last week of final homestead education tax rates allowed Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns to begin setting their overall tax rates, which in Addison, Ferrisburgh and Vergennes have increased by a range of 3.2 percent in Addison to 6.2 percent in Ferrisburgh.
Underlying those increases are residential school tax hikes that were in a range between 6.4 percent in Ferrisburgh and 7.1 percent in Vergennes.
MIDDLEBURY — Holly Gonyeau, 36, of Ferrisburgh pleaded innocent on Monday in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division in Middlebury to driving under the influence of alcohol during the June 17 accident that claimed the life of a cyclist on Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh. Family of the cyclist wonder why she did not face more severe charges that could have included vehicular homicide.
SALISBURY — Composer Sam Guarnaccia of Middlebury met Celtic spirituality theologian Philip Newell at a retreat in Vermont in 2005. Guarnaccia had been improvising music with a Scottish friend and he found that Newell was writing words that might work with a piece with a flavor of the Celtic countries.
The two decided to collaborate, and Guarnaccia set out to create the music that would accompany Newell’s writing.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite living in one of the most agriculturally productive counties in the state, one in five Addison County children is food insecure, according to Hunger Free Vermont. The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury has organized dozens of youngsters to help do something about that.
The Career Center this month will provide almost 150 chickens, raised in part by the students, to a local food shelf — laying the groundwork for a community initiative to provide healthy, local protein and produce to the food-insecure of Addison County.
FERRISBURGH — Michel Mahé, arguably Addison County’s most prominent chef and successful restaurateur, died on Tuesday. The native of France was 50.
Details of his passing were not available as of Wednesday morning. According to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel, Vergennes Area Rescue Squad personnel responded to Mahé’s Ferrisburgh home at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
In the tiny Texas town of Tuna, the local low-wattage radio station broadcasts gossip instead of news. And what is news anyway but funny and tragic stories about human beings?
LAKE CHAMPLAIN — Developers of a planned 154-mile high-voltage transmission cable that would run beneath Lake Champlain agreed to pay the state $720 million over the project’s expected 40-year life, should it be approved by regulators.
The $1.2 billion, 1,000 megawatt transmission line, known as the New England Clean Power Link, would carry hydroelectric and wind power generated in Canada to metropolitan energy markets in the Northeast.