Archive - Jan 2010
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board last week adopted an $8.9 million budget for 2010-2011 that calls for a decrease of about $11,000 from current spending levels.
Despite that level-funded spending plan, Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials said declining enrollments in three of the four union schools and the expected hike in the statewide education property tax rate would lead to increase in residential property taxes in the five ANwSU towns.
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, my fellow Vermonters:
In the late fall of 1927, the skies opened and a great flood devastated our state. Vermont's transportation, industrial and agricultural infrastructure was washed away over two long days.
On a visit back home less than a year after the flood, President Coolidge noted "the splendid recovery." He remarked that "Transportation has been restored. The railroads are in a better condition than before. The highways are open to traffic for those who wish to travel by automobile."
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Ellen Young's yellow farmhouse sits on a rise of land in Shoreham, set apart from the road by a tidy stone wall. Inside, the wood beams of the living room hold paintings, and two old wooden wheels hang from the ceiling. All of the decorations in the room have memories attached, stretching back to a time when a small dairy farm and 30 cows could easily support a family.
Ellen grew up just a few yards down the road on a dairy farm run by her parents, Ada and Joseph Burgess. Years before, in 1888, Ada's parents had come to Vermont from Canada and bought the 300-acre farm.
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With the coming of the new year, a few resolutions, or at least a few thoughts about fun running events for the new year are in order. I have been collecting information for a while on a variety of trail running events in the area, some of which are reasonable goals, and some of which…well you can be the judge as to the likelihood of even seeing the starting line.
The first category is “Challenging, but Very Doable”
MIDDLEBURY — “His timing has always been impeccable,” laughed John Tenny, a Middlebury selectman.
It figured, Tenny joked, that in the first week of January — one of the coldest months of the year in Middlebury — John McCardell, president emeritus of Middlebury College, would have his eye on a warmer clime.
ADDISON — Vermont and New York transportation authorities are proceeding with the design of a “modified network tied arch” span that will replace the former Champlain Bridge at the same location.
That news was confirmed on Thursday by Vermont Gov. James Douglas and Gov. David Paterson of New York. The modified network tied arch scheme was the overwhelming public pick from among six possible replacement options for the Champlain Bridge, which was closed Oct. 16 and imploded on Dec. 28 after having been deemed by state officials to be unsafe and unsalvageable.
MIDDLEBURY — The Shard Villa residential care home continues to rebound from the brink, with board members announcing last week the historic facility has achieved full capacity with 14 residents.
“We’re hanging in there,” Shard Villa Director Deb Choma said on Thursday. “We’re doing alright.”
That’s a better prognosis than Shard Villa received last February, when a majority of its then-board of directors voted to at least temporarily close the facility in wake of financial problems besetting the elder care operation, established in 1919.
VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns who are interested in serving on the proposed new consolidated board to govern the four ANwSU schools have until Monday, Jan. 25, to take out petitions to put their names on Town Meeting Day ballots. Those petitions are available at town clerks’ offices.