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SHOREHAM — The town of Shoreham welcomes a new town clerk this week.
Incumbent Clerk Amy Douglas decided to step down, effective Nov. 29, after approximately five years of service. The selectboard has appointed resident Julie Ortuno to take Douglas’ place until the Town Meeting Day elections next March.
Douglas said she has simply decided to retire.
“I really enjoyed it,” she said of the job. “I just decided that now was the time (to retire).”
ADDISON COUNTY — Locally in high school field hockey, 2013 was the year of the Eagle. After a highly competitive regular season in the Division I Metro Conference, the Mount Abraham Union High School team dominated the D-II playoffs on the way to the program’s seventh championship and first since 2006.
VERMONT — A former Middlebury Union High School field hockey standout is among three Vermont Sports Media Association Athlete of the Month winners for October.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College football quarterback McCallum Foote has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Gagliardi Trophy given to the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division III by Jostens Inc. and the J-Club of Saint John’s University of Minnesota.
I have been following the paper’s coverage of the town hall project, and the associated conversations on the editorial page, with great interest, shifting to surprise, dismay, frustration and anger. I am still uncertain how I feel about the project itself, with too many vague details and unanswered questions to allow me to be a sufficiently informed voter.
While we’ve discussing all things local in this column in recent weeks, there have been several substantial developments outside our immediate sphere that warrant inspection: the recommendation to increase the state education property tax base rate by 5 cents and Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith’s call to make ends meet this session by cutting spending and not increasing taxes.
The first two are intertwined and will have a substantial local impact in fiscal year 2015.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Dec. 10 will be asked to approve an $850,000 bond to pay for the lion’s share of a proposed $1.05 million, 5,940-square-foot, six-bay highway department garage.
Balloting will be held on the same day as residents of Ferrisburgh and the other Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns will weigh in on a proposed $2.88 million bond to pay for repairs and upgrades to Vergennes Union High School, most notably its auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria.
MIDDLEBURY — Local merchants are offering Addison County shoppers an antidote to the frenzied shopping they may encounter at big box stores on “Black Friday,” the traditional kick off to the holiday shopping season on the day after Thanksgiving.
It is a “Small Business Saturday” raffle — a promotion that seeks to draw local shoppers into Middlebury businesses on the first Saturday after Turkey Day, and, of course, through the month of December.