February 19th, 2015
FERRISBURGH — Two challengers who would be first-time selectmen, but have civic experience, are contending for one open seat on the Ferrisburgh selectboard.
Dennis Armell and Michael “Red” Muir are seeking to replace Sally Torrey, who will step down after a decade on the selectboard. Torrey, however, will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot in a race for delinquent tax collector with former longtime town clerk Chet Hawkins.
Incumbent Selectman Jim Benoit is also on the ballot, but is running unopposed for a two-year term on the board.
BRISTOL — The House Education Committee is drafting a new bill that would eliminate the state’s more than 60 supervisory unions and replace them with larger school districts that advocates believe could do a better job sharing resources while carrying fewer employees.
ADDISON COUNTY — As regulators sort through the fallout of Vermont Gas Systems’ decision last week to cancel its application for its Phase II pipeline and announcement in December of a massive cost hike for Phase I, opponents of the pipeline warn that both events will significantly raise the burden ratepayers will be asked to bear for the Phase I project.
MIDDLEBURY — Sue Hoxie smiled when asked how long it took her to apply for the top administrative spot at the Addison County Chamber of Commerce after former President Andy Mayer tendered his resignation last September.
“I called the board chairman maybe five minutes after Andy resigned,” Hoxie said during an interview on Tuesday.
MONKTON — Firefighters from two counties battled a Monday afternoon blaze that displaced five people at 842 Rotax Road in Monkton.
Monkton Fire Department Assistant Chief Curtis Layn said the call came in around 3 p.m., and by the time firefighters arrived minutes later, flames had engulfed a garage and also ignited a double-wide trailer six feet from the garage.
Layn said the homeowner had been working on his dune buggy in the garage, but something went wrong when he turned the ignition, sparking the blaze.
ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport and Cornwall will each welcome new elementary school principals this summer, and neither incoming leader will have a long way to travel to get to their respective jobs.
Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Peter Burrows confirmed this week the appointments of Jennefer Eaton as principal of Bridport Central School, and Jennifer Kravitz as the new leader of Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial School.
David Carr died last week. He was not well known outside of the journalism community, perhaps only by people who read his media column in The New York Times, but within the field he was revered as a staunch defender of the way journalism used to be practiced.
Carr embodied the tropes of an old-school journalist, right down to the stereotype of the chain-smoking, profane, no-time-for-bullshit newspaperman. That was and is a caricature, but wrapped within it is a dedication to the craft that Carr refused to let go of in the 21st century.
Earlier this month, Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in the nation’s capital. The speech allowed Sanders, who is considering declaring his candidacy for president, to become better known to the Washington press and policy community. A video of Sanders’ remarks, and the subsequent discussion with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr., is available on the Brookings website.