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March 12th, 2015
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday confirmed their support for an East Street preschool playground, an action taken despite a Town Meeting Day vote against the project.
All five aldermen at the meeting said the 303-202 tally on March 3 on the $42,000 project was not representative because the petitioned language on the article failed to make clear that residents would not pay to build the playground.
ADDISON COUNTY — The new Public Service Board investigation into cost hikes related to the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project will begin this month and may not conclude until late May at the earliest, according to a schedule proposed by the board March 2.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday took steps toward an April 14 budget revote and picked a new chairperson. But, despite debate among its members and the 20 attendees, board members did not settle on a new spending plan.
In a paper ballot of the board members, Addison representative to the VUHS board Laurie Childers unseated sitting chairman Kurt Haigis, one of two VUHS directors from Ferrisburgh, as the board’s new leader.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board took its first crack at developing a new budget proposal for the Bristol school Tuesday evening after voters in the five-town area rejected the initial draft on Town Meeting Day.
While board members did not decide whether to create a budget that is more or less expensive than the original spending plan, they did decide to solicit input from voters and staff to help make up their minds.
BRISTOL — Three-dozen parents, teachers and community members packed the Bristol Elementary School library Monday evening to give their input to the school board on how it should draft a new budget proposal.
But board members did not discuss spending numbers that could appear in that proposal or set a date for citizens to vote on it.
Voters on Town Meeting Day rejected the original spending plan, which totaled $4.93 million, by a tally of 377 to 267.
VERGENNES — In addition to deciding to move ahead with a city park for preschoolers, Vergennes aldermen at their meeting Tuesday evening also:
•Elected Renny Perry as senior alderman. Perry will stand in as mayor if needed at meetings when Mayor Bill Benton is absent. Randy Ouellette held the post in recent years, but chose not to run for another term.
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe announces that Susan “Chuchi” Veguez is the recipient of the 2015 Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award. A reception will be held Wednesday, March 25, from 5-6:30 p.m. at 109 Catamount Park in Middlebury to honor and celebrate Veguez’s dedication to the community. Refreshments will be provided.
Some people do crazy things in midlife. They get divorced from a person they love, or they change careers or move across the country for no apparent reason.
But almost no one can say their midlife crisis involved creating a professional basketball team. A team that brightened the days of a rabid coterie of cowbell-clanging fans amid the winter gloom — and gave Vermont its first professional sports championships.
But Alex Wolff can say he did that.
Along with his wife, Vanessa, Wolff founded and ran the aptly named Vermont Frost Heaves.