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April 30th, 2015
VERGENNES — When Vergennes residents go to the polls on Tuesday, they will not only weigh in on a new Vergennes Union High School budget proposal (see story), but also decide whether to approve an amendment to the Vergennes Opera House’s overall lease for the use of Vergennes City Hall.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday will vote on two Vergennes Union High School budget proposals in what will be the second decision this spring on spending plans for the 2015-2016 school year.
The first article on the May 5 ballot will ask residents to back a plan that cuts about $156,000 from the $10.47 million proposal that lost on Town Meeting Day, 831-718.
The second article asks voters to approve the board’s original $10.47 million spending plan.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Tuesday will decide the fate of a second Ferrisburgh Central School budget proposal, one that will increase spending over the current level by 1.94 percent.
The FCS board’s new proposal calls for spending of about $3.581 million for the 2015-2016 school year. The board in March made adjustments that netted about $39,000 of spending reductions in adopting its second spending plan.
The $3.62 million spending plan that lost on Town Meeting Day, 302-267, would have increased FCS spending by about 3 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — Katharine Scribner recalled her first job working as a special educator. It was 1975, at Brighton Elementary School in Island Pond, near the Vermont/Canada border. She had just earned her master’s degree in learning disabilities and behavioral disorders from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.
VERGENNES — Visitors entering the Emerson Guest House bed and breakfast on Main Street in Vergennes shouldn’t be surprised if they are greeted with a rousing rendition the “Major-General’s Song” from Pirates of Penzance, or “Prima Donna” from The Phantom of the Opera. And many walk in impressed with the vocal prowess of the singer, Bill Walsh, a professional actor who along with his wife — dancer and choreographer Sue Burk Walsh — are livening up the theater scene in the Little City.
Spring comes gently to Goshen; even now, in late April, the woods are brown and the weather often chilly.
But by early May dainty ephemeral wildflowers — Spring Beauties, Dogs Tooth Violets, Bellwort, Trillium and Dutchman’s Breeches to mention some favorites — will blanket the forest floor as the delicate green veil gradually creeps up the mountainside.
May is Foster Care Month, a time to celebrate the hundreds of foster and kinship foster families in Vermont who provide safe, nurturing homes for children while they can’t be at home. It is with deep appreciation that the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families thanks them for their generosity, caring and willingness to “answer the call,” no matter when it comes.
We are in the final weeks of the Legislative session. I fear if we need to extend the session it will be the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee’s doing, as the 150-page Senate bill (S.138) that we received in our committee a few weeks ago has just left our committee with many changes and additions.