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March 4th, 2013
There should be a warning sign attached to this year’s vote on the state’s schools’ budgets. It should read: “Costs are higher than expected, and will go higher still, despite the fact that we are educating fewer students. No end in sight.”
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/27 #13 Mt. Anthony vs. #4 MUHS .... 51-45
2/27 #11 OV vs. #6 Mill River .... 77-72 (OT)
2/27 #2 B.& Burton vs. #15 Mt. Abe .... 71-39
3/1 #1 VUHS vs. #9 Fair Haven.......... 47-37
3/2 #3 Lake Region vs. #11 OV ......... 77-48
BRISTOL — Voters in the five towns that make up the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union on Tuesday will weigh in on a proposed Mount Abraham Union High School budget for the 2013-2014 year that features $13,812,984 in spending.
That figure represents and increase of just under 2 percent, compared to the $13,542,142 approved for the current fiscal year.
Town Meeting Day 2013 is right around the corner. Brush up on what's on tap for each Addison County town in our town meeting previews.
BRISTOL — At a Monday evening public hearing on a proposed expansion of the Bristol firehouse, a handful of residents — many who live near the facility — raised questions about the size of the building and the speed with which the proposal is being pushed on voters.
On Town Meeting Day, Bristol residents will vote on a $375,000 bond to fund an architectural design to expand the fire department’s North Street facility and to purchase a neighboring lot at 2 Garfield St. to accommodate the expansion.
MONTPELIER — Gone, but not forgotten.
Vermont lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution honoring the late Rep. Greg Clark, delivering a standing ovation to members of his family while sharing heartfelt reminiscences about the longtime Addison-3 lawmaker and educator who died last Nov. 30 following a traffic accident on Route 7 in Waltham.
VERGENNES — On Tuesday, Vergennes residents will choose in a two-person race for mayor between an incumbent one-term alderman and a former multi-term alderwoman and one-term mayor who has thrown her hat back in the ring after several years away from city politics.
Each, Alderman Bill Benton and former mayor April Jin, has been active in the community and is a long-time resident of Vergennes. Both are married with three grown children who have attended city schools.
MIDDLEBURY — State officials often credit Addison County with having one of the best human services networks in the state.
Representatives of that network will be meeting on March 18 to explore ways of making it even better.
At issue is a proposal to create a “Hunger Council of Addison County.” The idea is that representatives of local hunger-fighting agencies would meet four times per year as a council, sharing information about how to make their respective programs more effective in supplying food to the growing number of people who need it.