July 20th, 2015
VERGENNES — Homestead Education Tax rates delayed by multiple Vergennes Union High School votes finally arrived in the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns on Friday morning, and they ranged from 2.69 to 3.44 cents higher than had been estimated by ANwSU officials.
Residential school tax rates will be rising by between 9.29 and 9.48 cents in Addison, Panton and Vergennes.
ANwSU estimates had called for increases of 6.0 to 6.6 cents in those communities.
BRISTOL — Carol Fenimore last week officially began her duties as Mount Abraham Union High School’s interim principal, and it didn’t take her very long to realize she felt at home.
“I’m very excited to be here,” Fenimore said on Friday during her second day on the job at Mount Abe. “I’m looking forward to working with all members of the community to make this the best school it can be.”
Not terribly long ago, the theory among health care providers as well as many friends and family members of mothers-to-be was that your pregnancy was a time to take it easy on the fitness routine and enjoy a phase of relative couch-potato-dom.
However, more current studies reveal that it is not only perfectly safe to keep up a regular exercise plan, but that it is important to bust the myths about supposed dangers associated with exercising while pregnant.
MONTPELIER — The Addison Independent won seven awards — including a coveted first place for general excellence — at the annual Vermont Press Association (VPA) convention and awards ceremony held at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier on Thursday, July 16.
Competing in the non-daily category against more than three-dozen other publications throughout the state, the Independent also won:
• Honorable Mention for former reporter Zach Despart in the Mavis Doyle Award for state government reporting.
BRISTOL — What does it take to maintain a business for nearly a century? Ask the members of the Jackman family, who are gearing up to celebrate their Bristol company’s 85th anniversary this Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — The union representing 38 of Middlebury’s municipal workers has inked a new pact with the town that will assure members wage increases of 2.5 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent, respectively, during each of the next three years.
The three-year pact also requires workers to pick up a slightly greater share of their health care premiums.
BRISTOL — The Three Day Stampede, commemorating its 25th year of raising money for cystic fibrosis research,takes place July 24, 25 and 26 at the Bristol Recreation Field. The Stampede will feature 30 tents of yard sale treasures, a huge used book sale, a silent auction with over 500 items, an incredible bake sale, a food bunk, a group ride led by the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, a 5K run and the 25th Walk and Roll-a-thon, which is how this event started.
STOWE — Keewaydin Farm in Stowe has been named the 2015 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.
The award is presented annually to an outstanding dairy operation by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association (VDIA) in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program. This year’s winners, Les and Claire Pike, operate a 141-head registered Jersey farm with their children, Dan and Suzi Pike. The farm has been in the family since 1921.