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April 16th, 2015
VERGENNES — In addition to dealing with the proposed East Street preschool playground, Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting also:
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard voted on April 7 to pursue a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant that could help the town market the 34.91-acre parcel Ferrisburgh owns at the intersection at Routes 7 and 22A.
Acting on the suggestion of resident Tim Davis, who offered to serve as the grant manager, Ferrisburgh will apply for a $50,000 USDA Rural Development Grant that would fund a study to determine whether an agricultural incubator space, also called a food hub, could be successful on the property.
MIDDLEBURY — Sitting cross-legged on the floor in one of the “Meet and Greet” rooms at Homeward Bound: The Humane Society of Addison County, Victoria Blewer entertained one of the center’s newest arrivals at the humane society’s Boardman Street headquarters: a muscular, jet-black male cat named Nero.
VERGENNES — When Addison resident Ed Place and Vergennes resident Jon Sullivan met at the Bixby Library a little more than three years ago, they quickly realized they were not getting acquainted, but re-acquainted.
It turned out that Place had been Sullivan’s 4-H shooting instructor when Sullivan was 14, about 17 years earlier. That was before Sullivan left his native Vergennes to earned his degrees in computer science and business management at the University of Vermont, and then headed to California to work for more than 12 years for a high-tech firm.
MIDDLEBURY — The return of spring has many runners, bikers and hikers eager to return to the miles of trails around Middlebury. But after a long winter with heavy snowfall, many of the trail networks are in need of some spring-cleaning.
Gov. Shumlin’s admission that Vermont would not be achieving single-payer health care in 2017 has disappointed a lot of people. I even received a sympathy card about it, from a good friend in Portland, Ore.! It is sad to imagine that folks all over the United States may have been looking to Vermont for a workable solution to the healthcare crisis, and now we are letting them down due to budgetary woes.
BRISTOL — Voters in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union rejected two of the three school budgets up for consideration Tuesday. It is the latest chapter in a tumultuous spring for the district, which has also seen a citizens petition calling for the removal of the superintendent and a near-unanimous vote of no confidence in his leadership by the teachers’ union.
Residents rejected spending plans for Mount Abraham Union High School by a tally of 755 to 485, and Bristol Elementary School, 224 to 166.
SHOREHAM — The Education finance reform bill approved by the Vermont House last Thursday would accomplish three things, according to Rep. David Sharpe: set a statewide education property tax rate, cap school spending for three years and create larger school districts.
The Bristol Democrat, who chairs the House Education Committee, described the bill at a Legislative Breakfast in Shoreham on Monday, where local lawmakers also shared details of what has already been a busy April in the Statehouse.
Bill H.361, as described by Sharpe on Monday, would: