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Familiar faces win Vergennes City Council seats

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Former Vergennes mayor and alderman Michael Daniels and incumbent city council members Renny Perry and Lynn Donnelly on Tuesday were the winners in a five-way race for three seats on the Vergennes city council.

Daniels, who served six years as mayor before stepping down in March 2013, earned 345 votes to lead the race. Perry, a former Vergennes city manager and New Hampshire city official, finished next with 295 votes, while Donnelly, who was appointed a year ago, came in third with 277.

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Ferrisburgh says 'no' to its school budget, 'yes' to Bixby

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents in Tuesday balloting at Ferrisburgh Central School said no for the first time in recent memory to a proposed central school budget.

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Lawmakers eye changes in Vermont school financing system

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — Area lawmakers on Monday explained their latest efforts to deal with an issue on many Addison County residents’ minds during town meeting week: education property taxes, which have been escalating each year while the number of school-age children in the state has been declining.

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UD-3 endorses $400,000 for teams rooms addition

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday voted 1,698 to 1,343 in favor of a $400,000 bond to build a “team rooms” addition onto a new Middlebury recreation center that is to be erected on a 2.5-acre parcel off Creek Road.

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Ferrisburgh elects Warden as town clerk, Smits as treasurer

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents in Town Meeting Day Australian balloting at Ferrisburgh Central School elected a new town clerk and treasurer, one of them a successful write-in candidate.

Write-in candidate Gloria Warden scored a decisive victory in the town clerk race, outpolling David Hawkins, 470-226. Hawkins, an Army National Guard sergeant and United Technology Corp. employee, is the grandson of outgoing clerk Chet Hawkins.

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County residents OK most school budgets

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Voters on Town Meeting Day gave their approval to four out of the five local high school spending plans.

While residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns rejected the Vergennes Union High School budget (see story, Page 1A), proposed budgets in the rest of Addison County and northern Rutland County met with approval.

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Ferrisburgh debates how tax collector is paid

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — A tie vote at the Ferrisburgh Town Meeting on Tuesday resulted in the death of a selectboard proposal to change the way the town will pay delinquent tax collector Chet Hawkins.

Before a 58-58 paper-ballot vote left Hawkins’ tax collector pay as it has been, debate at the Ferrisburgh Central School gym lasted for about 20 minutes.

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Ferrisburgh elects Warden as town clerk, Smits as treasurer

Posted on March 5, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents in Town Meeting Day Australian balloting at Ferrisburgh Central School elected a new town clerk and treasurer, one of them a successful write-in candidate.

Write-in candidate Gloria Warden scored a decisive victory in the town clerk race, outpolling David Hawkins, 470-226. Hawkins, an Army National Guard sergeant and United Technology Corp. employee, is the grandson of outgoing clerk Chet Hawkins.

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Middlebury passes town office plan; Carpenter and Asermily win selectboard seats

Posted on March 5, 2014 |
By Addison Independent Staff



MIDDLEBURY —Middlebury residents on Tuesday voted 915-798 in favor of a $6.5 million bond to erect a new municipal building and recreation center. Voters rejected, by a 955-731 tally, a citizens’ petition that sought to direct the selectboard to instead rebuild or renovate the municipal building and gym at their current location at 94 Main St.

Voters also elected Dean George, Brian Carpenter and Laura Asermily to vacancies on the town selectboard. Incumbent Selectman Craig Bingham was defeated in his bid for a fourth consecutive term on the board.

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Middlebury cleared in town office flier flap

Posted on March 3, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has found no illegalities with an informational flier that Middlebury officials created and mailed to all local residents explaining the details of a new town office building and recreation center proposal that will be decided by voters on Tuesday, March 4.

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