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March 8th, 2012
BRISTOL — After Town Meeting Day elections wrapped up on Tuesday, the Bristol Planning Commission convened at Howden Hall and approved language for the land-use section of a new proposed town plan.
With that, according to acting-Chair Chico Martin, the commission has fully approved the massive update to the Bristol Town Plan.
Below is our 2012 town-by-town wrapup of actions taken by Addison County and Brandon voters at their local annual gatherings. Click on a town to jump to the results.
SHOREHAM — At Monday evening’s town meeting, Shoreham residents approved all resolutions up for vote with two articles on the warning drawing a large share of the discussion.
After much talk, residents accepted an education spending plan that represented a 3.1 percent increase from the current year and authorized an expenditure of up to $160,000 of new taxpayer dollars for a new town clerk’s office, which will supplemented with money already on hand..
LEICESTER — After a lifetime of service to his town, Bob Oliver on Monday evening will spend his last town meeting sitting at the front of the Leicester Meeting House with the other members of the Leicester selectboard.
ADDISON COUNTY — As schools around the county scramble to keep up with rapid developments in information technology, leading educators have repeatedly voiced concern that education models embraced 10-20 years ago aren’t cutting it anymore. And students who don’t fit the traditional education mold are getting left behind.
VERGENNES — The John W. Graham Emergency Shelter for the Homeless is seeking volunteers to work with clients to increase their chances of finding — and keeping — permanent housing.
Shelter officials are preparing to launch a mentorship program for area folks to provide friendship, support and guidance to homeless individuals and families who can be overwhelmed by the bureaucratic hoops and transportation hurdles involved in acquiring housing and employment.
MIDDLEBURY — The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recognized Porter Medical Center President James L. Daily with its 2012 Grassroots Champion Award.
MIDDLEBURY — The Gailer School, an innovative independent middle and high school in Middlebury, will close its doors for good this spring, with leaders citing declining enrollment and a strained budget as the primary reasons for the difficult decision.
“Between the struggling economy and the shrinking demographics of Addison County, it has made it really difficult for the private secondary school to recruit enough students,” said Gailer Headmaster Lonny Edwards.