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February 25th, 2010
WALTHAM — The Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) is seeking funding for and the support of the town of Waltham to buy and rebuild Gevry Trailer Park as a permanent site for 14 new affordable manufactured homes.
The 2.3-acre park sits on Maple Street on the Vergennes city line and has frontage on Otter Creek. The park’s last tenant moved out last year, said ACCT Executive Director Terry McKnight, who has had his eye on the site for years as a place to provide housing for moderate- and low-income families and seniors.
VERGENNES — The No. 7 Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team accomplished all of its goals in Tuesday night’s first-round Division II playoff game against visiting No. 10 Springfield.
The 13-8 Commodores advanced to the quarterfinal round, avenged their loss in the 2009 final to Springfield with a 47-37 win, and helped senior forward Connor Merrill reach the coveted 1,000-point plateau.
FERRISBURGH — Although races for town offices are few and far between in Addison County’s northwestern quadrant, Ferrisburgh voters have a choice between two candidates for the town selectboard: incumbent Bob Jenkins and challenger Kurt Plank.
Jenkins, originally appointed to the board to fill a vacancy, is running for election for the second time. Plank is seeking office for the first time.
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Union High School cheerleading team saw its four-year championship streak snapped at Saturday’s state meet, but the Commodore girls still came away with some hardware on their home floor.
The Vermont Principals’ Association reconfigured the divisions this year, consolidating what had been a three-division competition into a two-division meet. That decision meant a move for the four-time defending Division-II champion Commodores into D-I, where they had to do battle with heavyweights Rutland and Essex, who have traded off the D-I crown for years.
VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns on Tuesday will decide whether their schools should be run by one 12-member board instead of the current five boards.
If the one-board measure fails, the Vergennes Union High School board, the Vergennes Union Elementary School Board, the Addison and Ferrisburgh Central school boards, and the ANwSU board composed of representatives from those four boards will continue business as usual.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca on Wednesday served notice to local school directors that the state’s public school system will have to go through a substantial transformation in order to adapt to diminishing revenues, lower student numbers and ever changing technology.
FERRISBURGH — Porter Hospital midwife Martha Redpath had just returned to her Ferrisburgh home from a long night attending two births when husband Gary Lange asked what she would like to do for her 52nd birthday, which was coming up a couple days later on Feb. 3.
What Redpath ended up getting for her birthday — albeit belatedly on Feb. 13 — could be called priceless, although it came with a figure: $11,116.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center is making slow and steady progress toward a massive $4.4 million project to bring the hospital’s information system and medical records into the 21st century.
Though the finished project is still more than two years out and the hospital is waiting on state approval to move forward, hospital administrators are confident that the new information technology could improve the quality of care at the hospital.