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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Fire Department and Bread Loaf Corp. architects have put the last major touches on the design of a renovated and expanded Seymour Street fire station that will be put to the voters at Town Meeting Day in March as part of a $4.8 million bond issue.
The most dramatic design change, influenced by local residents and members of the Middlebury Design Advisory Committee, is the relocation of the new elevator shaft from the building’s exterior to its interior.
ADDISON COUNTY — Sunday’s end of the muzzleloader and bow deer seasons brought no more good news for local hunters than the end of November’s rifle season. The numbers of deer weighed at local reporting stations this month declined dramatically from recent years.
If anything, the drop for the combined results for October’s bow season and December’s muzzleloader and bow season was even steeper.
BRISTOL — After 12 years as superintendent of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU), Evelyn Howard has said she will leave the post effective June 30, 2012.
According to Jeff Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association, Howard’s tenure in the same district is the fifth-longest in the state. This number is based on 60 superintendents statewide with an average tenure of about four years.
MIDDLEBURY — After a turbulent couple of years, it looks like Middlebury College is out of the woods financially.
That’s according to Patrick Norton, vice president and treasurer at the college. Norton said that although the school’s endowment has rebounded to $825 million from its low point in March 2009, the financial crisis has changed the way the institution handles its money.
Last Friday, at the European Summit meeting in Brussels, British Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron refused to unconditionally guarantee a Eurozone “Stability Union” designed to mitigate the ongoing economic crisis in Europe, saying that British opposition was the right decision for England and has helped protect her economic interests.
BRISTOL — Administrators at Mount Abraham Union High School are grinding away this week at a 2012-2013 budget proposal, hoping to nip and tuck their way to a zero-percent spending increase.
This task comes after Gov. Peter Shumlin asked school districts statewide to level fund their budgets for the third straight year. But Lanny Smith, chair of the Mount Abe school board, isn’t sure that’s possible.
MIDDLEBURY — The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is cleaner than ever, despite a damaging shower of soot and ash earlier this fall. Sometime in the night of Sept. 29, a derelict parlor chimney dropped a load of soot into the building off Park Street in Middlebury. A cloud of dust damaged artifacts in three rooms of the museum.
MIDDLEBURY — In their meeting Tuesday, the Middlebury selectboard spent time considering additional reductions to the draft 2012-2013 municipal spending plan.
It was in late November that town staff presented the board with an initial budget draft of $8,504,690, representing a $230,825 increase compared to this year. It’s a budget that would require a 3.4-cent increase in the municipal tax rate in order to maintain existing services and capital improvement priorities.