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June 1st, 2015
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School directors are launching a public information campaign in hopes of winning voter support for a newly revised, 2015-2016 budget that reflects a 1.02 percent decrease compared to the current spending plan.
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters will field the proposed budget of $13,947,738 on Tuesday, June 9. It represents the school board’s third attempt to devise a spending plan that can pass muster with residents of the five-town area, which includes Bristol, Monkton, Starksboro, Lincoln and New Haven.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on May 26 got their first look at a preliminary 2015-2016 general fund budget, and City Manager Mel Hawley said he told council members the adoption process might challenge them this year.
“There’s work to be done,” Hawley said in a phone interview later in the week.
Hawley presented a first budget draft that called for $2,213,085 in spending, an amount that if aldermen adopted it by their June 30 deadline would mean a spending increase of about $125,000, or 6 percent.
FERRISBURGH — When Barbara Bolduc first entered Ferrisburgh Central School she wore a hard hat, and she was 6 years old. That was 61 years ago.
Bolduc had walked over with the rest of Doris Chamberlain’s students from the nearby one-room schoolhouse on Route 7. That school later served Ferrisburgh for decades as its town office, and when the pupils visited Ferrisburgh Central School they were touring a construction site.
MIDDLEBURY — Karen Holbrook was making her regular commute from Bridport to her job in Middlebury several months ago when she heard something on the radio that would change her life.
It was a news spot from Habitat for Humanity of Addison County (HHAC) seeking applicants for a new home that would soon be available in the South Ridge subdivision off Middle Road in Middlebury.
She was excited, but a little apprehensive.
BRISTOL — For years, Martha Mack viewed bartending as a hobby. During summers while she was in college and graduate school, Mack would return to her native Bristol to tend bar and wait tables at her parents’ eatery, Mary’s Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek.
Mack, 30, has no formal education in mixology, but enjoys experimenting with new flavors and concoctions behind the bar.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is exploring alternatives and will recommend improvements to the intersection at Charles Avenue, Court Street and Monroe Street with the goal of improving mobility and safety for personal vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and public transit.
Town officials invite the public to an initial information meeting on the issue this Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the Middlebury Union High School cafeteria.
MIDDLEBURY — What has been a fine season for the Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis program ended on Friday, when No. 5 seed Essex defeated the No. 4 Tigers, 6-1, in a Division I quarterfinal.
The result could not be called a surprise despite the seeds. The 10-4 Hornets play a tough Metro Conference schedule, while the Tigers compiled their 11-4 record against mostly D-II competition.
Coach Laura Rumbough is considering in the future upgrading her team’s schedule to the Metro, which might mean fewer wins, but better tennis.