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March 7th, 2011
When the White House insider ‘Deep Throat’ told reporter Bob Woodward of The Washington Postto “just follow the money” to unravel what became the Watergate scandal, Americans were reminded of the power of money to corrupt and influence.
On Town Meeting Day 2011, our very own Trent Campbell raced all over the county to take in as many meetings as he could. See below for a sampling of the photos he took, from Panton to New Haven to Middlebury:
Vermonters are fortunate today to live in a state where civic-minded progress overshadows the need by some to blame all things government for the recession and tepid economic recovery.
In states like Wisconsin, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio and much of the deep South, taxpayers are taking their frustrations out on the budgets they can control — schools and towns — and selling the future of the younger generation down the drain.
In Bristol, town residents spoke clearly in a planning commission poll asking two very direct questions about where mineral extraction should be allowed. The answers confirmed past votes, surveys and public comments that have overwhelmingly opposed gravel pit operation near the village center or in the town’s conservation districts.
Below is our town-by-town wrapup of actions taken by Addison County voters at their local annual gatherings. Click on a town to jump to the results.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday backed a plan for one 12-member board to own and operate Addison Central, Ferrisburgh Central, Vergennes Union Elementary and Vergennes Union High schools.
The overall vote was 764-466, or roughly 62-38 percent, and in four of the five towns at least 60 percent of voters favored the measure.
Those towns were Ferrisburgh (where the vote ran 270-161), Panton (62-15), Vergennes (191-124) and Waltham (64-16).
LINCOLN — Residents of Lincoln this week were asked to approve a $2 million school repair bond and a budget for the coming year that features higher spending than last year.
The fact that townspeople had rejected the same bond proposal in January raised the stakes even higher.
In paper balloting on the school budget at town meeting Monday night and in Australian balloting on the bond Tuesday, Lincoln voters gave the Lincoln Community School a new breath of life.
MIDDLEBURY — In Town Meeting Day voting, Middlebury residents re-elected Craig Bingham and Dean George to three-year terms on the selectboard, and overwhelmingly approved a $3 million bond to repair Middlebury’s many battered roads that have been backlogged because of tight budgets, 467-158.
In a three-way race for two seats on the Mary Hogan Elementary School board, Karen Lefkoe edged out Lorraine Gonzalez Morse, 513-509, while Serena Eddy-Moulton was elected with 556 votes.