February 7th, 2011
MONKTON — On Wednesday morning, fire ravaged the Bristol Road home of Tom Cousino in Monkton.
According to Monkton Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Layn, the call was made by firefighter Robert Howard, who noticed the house was on fire on his way to work, around 6:45 a.m.
Cousino was asleep in the house at the time, but awoke coughing from the smoke. He climbed out of his bedroom window and slid down the shed roof, according to Layn.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Friday had little trouble winning its fifth straight game, 6-0 against visiting Lyndon.
The 9-2-1 Tigers pelted Lyndon goalie Derrick Colburn with 50 shots, while at the other end Tiger netminder Max Longchamp made seven stops against the 1-12 Vikings.
UPDATE 2/4/11: After the Independent went to press, a union representative clarified to the paper that the strike would only be put on hold if a settlement were reached.
Negotiations broke down on Wednesday evening, and on Thursday the teachers set a strike deadline of Feb. 9 unless the two groups could reach a settlement by then.
BRISTOL — It looks like a strike by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers has been avoided — for now.
BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union officials are trying to explain why, for the second year in row, a six-figure deficit has showed up on the school districts books six months after the close of the fiscal year.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Mount Abraham Union High School board, chairman Lanny Smith and Superintendent Evelyn Howard said district business manager Greg Burdick had made projections last June that poorly estimated Mount Abe’s revenues and expenditures for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
MONKTON — Longtime Monkton residents will notice a conspicuous omission on their Town Meeting Day ballot this year.
For the first time since 1973, Carmelita Burritt will not be running for town clerk. It will indeed be the end of an era in Monkton and the beginning of a new one, as Sharon Gomez is likely to become the community’s first new town clerk since the Nixon administration.
“It’s more and more work,” a smiling Burritt said on Monday. “I’m tired out.”
ADDISON COUNTY — Ten Addison County towns will soon mark an auspicious birthday that will require a lot of candles and the collective breath of many residents to blow out.
The towns of Shoreham, Bridport, Addison, Leicester, Middlebury, New Haven, Cornwall, Panton, Salisbury and Weybridge will this year all commemorate the 250th anniversary of receiving charters from Benning Wentworth, the first royal governor of New Hampshire, in 1761.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Railway officials on Monday confirmed plans to acquire private and public land along the corridor of a proposed 3.3-mile-long rail spur that would link the Omya quarry off Foote Street in Middlebury with the main line west of Otter Creek. They hope to start building the project during the spring of 2013.
To that end, Vermont Rail has formed a new entity, “Otter Creek Railroad,” to take the lead on a project estimated to cost upwards of $30 million and last two construction seasons.