April 25th, 2013
BRANDON — Now that petitioners have triggered a re-vote on the Brandon town budget after it passed on Town Meeting Day by eight votes, the stage is set for voters to ask their long-awaited questions.
An informational meeting about the budget will be held at the Neshobe School on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. The Brandon selectboard will take budget questions from voters. The meeting will be moderated by Bernie Carr.
MIDDLEBURY — Engineers planning the replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown railroad bridges anticipate presenting various project options by the end of May in anticipation of construction beginning at the end of next March.
BRISTOL — More than 30 potential locations for a new fire facility were proposed this past Saturday at the first public gathering to discuss potential ways to expand the Bristol Fire Department’s headquarters.
After a contentious bond that would have funded a first stage of expansion to the firehouse on North Street was rejected by voters on Town Meeting Day, 587-293, town officials committed to facilitating public discussions to identify a new site.
CORNWALL — The Cornwall School Board will form a search committee to seek a full-time replacement for current Bingham Memorial School Principal Denise Goodnow, who will soon leave to become co-leader of the Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury.
MIDDLEBURY — A road race held this past Sunday in Middlebury to honor the memory of a local six-year-old who died last month drew more than 500 participants and raised nearly $10,000 for charities.
“The turnout completely exceeded our expectations,” said Nicole Wilkerson, an organizer of the Kelly Claire 5K, 1 Mile Walk and Run.
MIDDLEBURY — Relay for Life at Middlebury College will take place this Friday, April 26, beginning at 6 p.m.
This fun, family friendly event will celebrate 10 years of fighting back against cancer.
At the Relay for Life, cancer survivors are joined by friends and family of those who won or lost their battles with cancer. Participants raise money for each lap they walk around a track. Group walk through the night; taking breaks at family tents around the college athletic field. It wraps up at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College track and field teams convincingly won both the men’s and women’s portions of the Middlebury Invitational meet at Dragone Track on Saturday. In their only home meet of the spring, the Panthers competed against the University of Vermont, Plattsburgh and the Colby-Sawyer women.
The Panthers claimed victories in 25 of 35 events.
The reason Vermont’s dairy industry can get its product to market depends, in no small part, on the labor of an estimated 1,500 undocumented workers. The majority come from the southern region of Mexico, some come from Guatemala and other areas. Together they are a vital part of what makes a difficult life on the farm bearable.
They are also a big part of the reason Ben & Jerry’s can make its ice cream, or our cheese-makers their cheese, or our milk producers the milk that fills our cereal bowls.