BRISTOL — After last week’s town meeting, the Bristol selectboard regrouped on Monday at Holley Hall to receive a newly proposed town plan, choose a new chair and tend to a range of timely matters.
After the Bristol Planning Commission last week approved a long-debated land-use section in the proposed town plan, the planners wrapped up their revision process and sent the document to the selectboard. The board received the new document and on April 23 will meet with members of the planning commission, who will highlight certain elements of the plan.
MIDDLEBURY — Although Burlington’s Bluebird Tavern walked away from Saturday’s Vermont Chili Festival in downtown Middlebury with the banner for Best Overall Chili, a number of local vendors and organizations also became winners in one of the six categories at the annual event.
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MIDDLEBURY — The Senate Health and Welfare Committee this week will begin reviewing a House-passed measure to establish a federally mandated “health benefits exchange” that would, according to proponents, make health insurance more accessible and affordable in Vermont.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County and Brandon results for Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary essentially mirrored those from around Vermont: A plurality of voters backed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, but the GOP frontrunner failed to win the outright majority his campaign had sought in state that neighbors his own.
In Addison County and Brandon, Romney led with about 37.2 percent of the vote, trailing his statewide number of 39.8 percent. Romney won Brandon and 16 of the county’s 23 towns.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School Principal Inga Duktig resigned last week, citing her readiness to “transition to the next chapter of my career as an educator.”
Duktig’s resignation takes effect on July 1, though Friday, March 9, was her last day on the job. That’s because she was granted a paid leave of absence for the balance of the academic year, according to Addison Central Supervisory Union interim Superintendent Gail Conley.
BARRE — One of the many fans of the Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team at the Barre Auditorium on Saturday held up a “Vermont Strong” sign before the Commodores’ Division II title game vs. Mount St. Joseph.
The Commodores were Vermont Strong this winter, defeating every D-II team they played except MSJ, which earned the D-II title by besting VUHS, 56-48.
With foresight, faith and determination, Middlebury voters approved adding a penny on the tax rate for the next five years to initiate a Middlebury Business Development Fund in the hopes of, as the slogan said, creating “good jobs close to home.” Voters also OK’d renovating the fire stations at a cost of $4.65 million, or about 4.5 cents on the tax rate. While other town expenses were held to a minimum, town residents and the business community still face an intimidating property tax bill.
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