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April 4th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members got somewhat of a jolt at their meeting last Tuesday when they received an estimate that it would cost $525,000 to bring the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems of the municipal gym up to modern working standards, an amount that is just $50,000 short of the $575,000 sum that officials had hoped would suffice in making the well-used building completely up to speed.
SALISBURY — While the Addison Natural Gas Project, a proposed 41-mile extension of natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes, grabs local headlines, a separate utility venture linked to that is gathering some momentum and generating some concerns among people in Salisbury.
LEICESTER — Residents here will return to the polls on Tuesday, April 9, to vote on a revised spending plan for the Leicester School District.
The school board is proposing a revised budget of $1,117,640 for fiscal year 2013-14. That represents a spending increase of $56,982, or 5.4 percent, over the $1,060,658 budgeted for the current year.
The board’s first offering was rejected by voters on Town Meeting Day by eight votes, 73-65. That $1,127,521 spending plan would have raised the budget by $66,863, or 6.3 percent.
BRIDPORT — Lawmakers and several dozen Addison County citizens gathered at the Bridport Community Hall for a legislative lunch on agricultural issues, but the hot-button issues discussed over the meal were not directly related to agriculture.
Rather, citizens in attendance wanted to pick legislators’ brains over a controversial shoreline conservation bill, H.526, which netted statewide attention after clearing the House late last week, and over a tax package that would lift the tax exemption on items including bottled water, soda, candy and dietary supplements.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday reached a marketing agreement with Burlington commercial brokerage firm Redstone for the town-owned 34.9-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.
Redstone will the market the land for one year for $375,000, the same asking price for which Pomerleau Real Estate had tried to sell the property since September 2010 until last year.
Pomerleau attracted one purchaser for that price, but the deal fell through when the buyer could not meet contingencies after the selectboard granted extensions.
SHOREHAM — The winning entry in the first Sugarhouse Dessert Contest at the Vermont Trade Winds Farm during the annual Maple Open House weekend was Sue Record of Cornwall with her fabulous Maple Sugar Pound Cake with browned sugar maple glaze.
“It was moist and delicious,” said Loraine Hescock, of Trade Winds Farm.
MIDDLEBURY — When students enrolled in the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s Diversified Occupations program were struggling a few years ago to pay for their annual science field trip to Braddock Bay near Rochester, N.Y., they turned to a beetle.
And we are not talking about a Volkswagen Beetle.
County Tire Center’s first annual “Free brakes for food” campaign last month resulted in the donation of hundreds of pounds of food to the local emergency food shelf at Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, a Middlebury nonprofit known as HOPE.