January 13th, 2014
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union Elementary School board ended a budget workshop meeting last week eyeing a $4.26 million 2014-2015 budget that would increase spending by 4.34 percent, or $177,000.
However, almost all of that increase is driven by a state-mandated change in the way special education is accounted for within the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union schools and in higher special education costs overall, said ANwSU Superintendent Tom O’Brien and business manager Kathy Cannon.
BRISTOL — The head of the town recreation department presented a draft budget at the selectboard meeting on Jan. 6.
Recreation Director Darla Senecal proposed a budget of $176,899, a 10 percent increase from last year. Senecal explained to the selectboard that the increase was due to health care changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
“We tried to keep the department as level-funded as possible, and made cuts where we could,” Senecal said in an interview Tuesday. “We have a very slim budget to begin with.”
SALISBURY — Vermont State Police said they suspected that a Salisbury man who died at his home in an untimely manner this past Thursday had been using heroin, but they did not know if that played a role in his death.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Timi Carone poured in four goals this past Wednesday as the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team halted host Rice, 6-1.
The Tigers, second place in Division II, improved to 7-3 with the win over the 3-6 Green Knights and will visit fourth-place Stowe on Monday before an eight-day exam break.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball action in the latter half of last week, Mount Abraham won twice, Otter Valley split a pair of games, and Vergennes and Middlebury each dropped a pair of contests.
BRISTOL — A Bristol man on Jan. 8 found himself under arrest for the second time in three weeks, police said.
Bristol police cited Samuel Lewis Hellmuth, 36, into court for violating a relief from abuse order and violating conditions of release issued by a judge from a previous arrest on the same charge.
NEW HAVEN —Chris Shadler will present “Living with Coyotes” on Friday, Jan. 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the New Haven Town Hall, with a discussion to follow. Shadler is a sheep farmer and wild canid biologist who works with Project Coyote, an organization that promotes management policies that reduce human-coyote conflict and supports innovative scientific coyote research.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team moved over .500 with a pair of wins last week. The 5-4 Tigers are off this week and will next visit Harwood on Jan. 22.
On Wednesday, MUHS outshot host Burr & Burton by 45-16 in a 6-1 victory. Six Tigers scored, including Tyler Crowningshield, who picked up a goal and two assists as the Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the first period.