April 14th, 2014
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard on Monday received an update on the town green playground project, filled a town office vacancy and adopted an unbiased policing policy drafted by Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.
Gibbs also commended one of the department’s officers for the officer’s role in the recent arrest of a knife-wielding alleged robber.
Recreation Director Darla Senecal and playground committee members Krista Siringo and Jill Kopel presented the update on the Bristol Green Playground Project.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board has picked a new principal for the school.
Gaynell J. Lyman will take over for Andy Kepes on July 1. Lyman, who earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Vermont, has spent her career to date at a large school district in Henrico, Va.
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.