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Bristol eyes contentious town plan vote

Posted on February 25, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — The long-simmering issue of sand and gravel extraction in Bristol comes to a head on Tuesday when residents cast votes on a proposed update of the Bristol Town Plan and a new ordinance that would regulate gravel mining.

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Two vie for Ferrisburgh board

Posted on February 25, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Although races for town offices are few and far between in Addison County’s northwestern quadrant, Ferrisburgh voters have a choice between two candidates for the town selectboard: incumbent Bob Jenkins and challenger Kurt Plank.

Jenkins, originally appointed to the board to fill a vacancy, is running for election for the second time. Plank is seeking office for the first time.

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ANwSU unity vote arrives

Posted on February 25, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns on Tuesday will decide whether their schools should be run by one 12-member board instead of the current five boards.

If the one-board measure fails, the Vergennes Union High School board, the Vergennes Union Elementary School Board, the Addison and Ferrisburgh Central school boards, and the ANwSU board composed of representatives from those four boards will continue business as usual.

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Addison town budget proposed

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — Addison selectmen have proposed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year that has a higher face value, but the major spending increase within it will be supported by a capital fund in the highway budget into which residents have contributed in past years.

Addison selectmen are requesting combined highway and general fund spending of $872,503, up about $21,300 from 2009-2010.

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Orwell sees four contested races

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ORWELL — Orwell residents are gearing up to decide a number of contested races come Town Meeting Day. Two candidates have come forward for each of four races, including one seat on the selectboard, two seats on the school board and one lister position.

Town meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, at Orwell Town Hall to be followed by the Orwell School District Meeting. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and town officer elections and the proposed changes to land use regulations will both be decided by Australian ballot.

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Three vie for Lincoln selectboard

Posted on February 15, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



p>LINCOLN — Three candidates are vying for an open seat on the Lincoln selectboard come Town Meeting Day.

The position was formerly held by Donovan Mayo, who died in the fall. Ethan Ready was appointed to serve the remainder of Mayo’s term, but has chosen not to run for reelection.

The three candidates seeking the job are Jim Adams, Elwin Isham and Brian Goodro.

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Former teacher, GOP candidate seeks seat

Posted on February 11, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The prospect of an open seat on the Middlebury selectboard is generating interest among some eleventh-hour candidates, including resident Brian Bauer, a former Vermont House candidate who last week confirmed he will wage a write-in campaign for selectman.

Resident Travis Forbes also confirmed that he will also mount a write-in campaign for the board (See story, this page).

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Ferrisburgh officials propose 3-percent hike in municipal budget

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen have proposed a 2010-2011 budget that, including charitable donations to be decided by residents on Town Meeting Day, would add about a half-cent to the town’s property tax rate. That increase would translate to $5 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Including about $57,700 of charitable requests, selectmen are proposing increasing town spending from about $1.52 million to $1.565 million.

That increase of about $45,500 translates to roughly 3 percent.

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Five towns field contested races

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Town Meeting Day will bring contested selectboard races in New Haven, Starksboro and Lincoln this year, while most of the other races in the five-town area feature single candidates.

NEW HAVEN

New Haven is fielding one contested race for the selectboard this year: Incumbent Kathleen Ready is running against challenger Michael Dunbar for a two-year position on the board.

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Two vying for Starksboro board

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



STARKSBORO — Two newcomers are running to fill the Starksboro selectboard seat being vacated by incumbent Alice Dubenetsky, who is not running for re-election.

Mathew Norris and Peter Ryersbach both seek the three-year term on the selectboard that will be up for election on Town Meeting Day.

Norris, 37, grew up in Starksboro, and worked as the postmaster in town until he was promoted to the position of postmaster in New Haven.

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