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February 27th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-area seniors have mixed feelings about the potential relocation of the Russ Sholes Senior Center from the municipal building at 94 Main St. to a proposed new recreation facility off Creek Road. Some of the center’s 12-14 “regulars” said they would have no problem making such a transition, while others said they’d prefer to see the facility remain downtown where they could continue to run errands at nearby stores and banks.
BRISTOL — About two dozen Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters on Tuesday unanimously adopted all the articles on the agenda at the Mount Abraham Union High School annual meeting and discussed a district budget that would raise taxes for each of the five towns.
The voters present from the five ANeSU towns elected school officials and set their salaries, and debated details of the roughly $14.1 million Mount Abraham budget.
MIDDLEBURY — While the eight-person race for three spots on the Middlebury selectboard is capturing a lot of attention during the countdown to Town Meeting Day, Middlebury voters on March 4 will also decide a four-candidate race for three, three-year terms on the Mary Hogan Elementary School board.
BRISTOL — A member of the Bristol Planning Commission resigned abruptly during a meeting Feb. 18. Longtime commission member Ken Weston handed a letter of resignation to his colleagues shortly after the meeting began.
Nine minutes into the meeting, during debate about the Bristol Cohousing Project, Weston handed a letter to chair Chico Marin.
“I can’t take part in this discussion any longer,” Weston said.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College on Saturday will celebrate its new Steinway concert piano with a performance by students, faculty and alumni.
The free event will feature a lecture by Joseph Polisi, president of the Juilliard School, as well as performances of many different styles of music.
When choosing a candidate for the three available seats open on the Middlebury Board of Selectmen, voters might ponder what individual qualities are most effective in that role: In our mind, strong leadership skills, a rational approach to problem-solving, and working well as a team are three of the more important strengths a candidate must have to be effective.
The Page 1 story on about the Russ Sholes Senior Center presents opportunities to better serve that segment of Middlebury’s population in the years ahead.
The shocking news is the diminished active members of the group. At its current weekly luncheons only a dozen or so seniors routinely attend, with a larger group showing up monthly for a lunch that also features entertainment.
This week’s writer is Dean George, chair of the Middlebury selectboard.