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January 30th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — It seems like just yesterday that Middlebury College’s “Self-Reliance” solar-powered house headed down to Washington, D.C., to compete in the biennial Solar Decathlon competition. The Middlebury students last fall claimed fourth place overall in an international field of entries.
MIDDLEBURY — The newest department at Middlebury College isn’t academic.
Instead, it aims to extend the skills and resources students learn within the academic institution to solve problems throughout the world.
The Center for Social Entrepreneurship, which launched with a three-day symposium last week, will coordinate skills, resources and networks at Middlebury College to help budding social entrepreneurs target the problems they see in the world.
MIDDLEBURY — Hendy Bros. earlier this month began another chapter in its 54-year history of supplying Addison County farms and residents with agricultural equipment.
The family-owned company has merged with Giroux Bros. Equipment of Plattsburgh and Malone, N.Y. The merger has prompted Hendy Bros to switch its name to Mountain View Equipment, but the only other change customers will notice is better, quicker access to a broader inventory of merchandise, according to owners Mike Hendy and his sister, Judy Austin.
ADDISON — The Addison Central School board has for the third straight year adopted a proposed budget that if approved on Town Meeting Day will lower spending and, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union estimates, could also mean a lower education property tax rate.
In March, Addison residents will weigh in on a proposal for about $1.68 million of spending in the coming school year. It would cut about $28,400, or 1.66 percent, from the current budget.
BRISTOL – The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team started fast against visiting Vergennes on Friday and coasted to a 44-18 victory, which pushed the Eagles to 10-1 just past their season’s midpoint.
Six Eagles, including all five starters, scored in the opening quarter and their press forced 11 VUHS turnovers as they took an 18-5 lead after one.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Monday, Jan. 23, cited a 23-year-old former city resident with sexual assault on a female under the age of 16, a charge Chief George Merkel said was filed after a long investigation largely conducted by Officer Jason Ouellette.
Cited to appear in Addison District Court on March 5 to answer the charge was Christopher J. Edwards, who police described as now transient, but once a resident of Green Street.
The University of Vermont is midway in the process of introducing its five finalists for president to the campus, to its faculty and to the state of Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials have grown accustomed to looking under rocks and cushions for even the most minute revenues to soften the property tax impact of the annual municipal budget.
On Tuesday, officials discovered a pile of cash — approximately $1.5 million — in surplus funds that will in the short-term assure no rise in the municipal tax rate while unleashing an interesting debate among town residents on how the financial windfall should be allocated in the long-term.