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May 18th

More revisions for Bristol Elementary School budget

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — A proposed spending plan for Bristol Elementary School’s 2006-2007 school year entered its third round of revision at a heated school board meeting on Monday.

The budget of $4,211,798 proposed on Town Meeting Day was voted down, 452-447. Many believed this was due to concerns over cuts some considered unnecessary, so the board increased the spending number slightly to $4,292,250. Bristol voters rejected this revised budget proposal, 193-183, on May 9.

So at Monday’s meeting, the Bristol school board cut $83,700 from the May 9 budget, eventually arriving at a sum of $4,208,820. This newly revised budget will be put up for a vote on Tuesday, June 20. Though some details are not yet set, the vote will probably take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Holley Hall.

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May 15th

Green Up Day roundup

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

ADDISON COUNTY — As town Green Up Day coordinators put away their sign-up sheets until next year, organizers of the May 6 events at the county and state level are working to figure out how well their system worked this year and how it can be improved for 2007.

The Addison County Solid Waste Management District took in 16.04 tons of waste collected in the county on Green Up Day, an annual day on which Vermonters pick up garbage along public roads.

“It went great,” said Bruce Webster, Goshen’s Green Up coordinator. “We had a good showing, but Goshen always does.”

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Mosquitoes down this spring

By JOHN FLOWERS

SALISBURY — Relatively dry weather has kept the local mosquito population down this spring, but officials in the county’s two insect control districts have aircraft and supplies at the ready, should swarms rise from the swamps in the coming days.

As the Addison Independent went to press on Friday, mosquito numbers in the county were sparse. But officials acknowledged that a decent drenching — such as the soaking rain scheduled for this past weekend — could spawn new hatches of the pesky critters.

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May 11th

VELCO, towns at odds over power lines

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — With yet another deadline looming in the multi-year saga of the Vermont Electric Power Company effort to build a major new power line connecting West Rutland and South Burlington, towns in northern Addison County are lobbying VELCO to lessen the visual impact of a proposed 115-kilovolt line.

As recently revised, that 115-kV line between a new New Haven substation and South Burlington still includes some poles that top 100 feet tall.

Local officials have given mixed reviews to VELCO’s April 24 design, which was an update on the power-line installation plan that the electricity distribution company submitted in February. Many feel that VELCO has not followed through on initial proposals for poles ranging only up to about 70 feet tall, especially at many road crossings where the lines will be highly visible.

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College Strategic Plan

By HARRIETTE BRAINARD

MIDDLEBURY — Trustees at Middlebury College met in Middlebury this weekend and unanimously approved a 100-page strategic plan, which will focus on enhancing the Middlebury students’ educational experience through a continued emphasis on creating a more ethnically and socio-economic diverse student body, as well as promoting the college as a leader in environmental issues locally, nationally and internationally.

The strategic plan, the first since 1992, places its focus on strengthening financial aid and faculty programs, rather than on the college’s physical plant, which has seen the most dramatic physical changes in the past decade in the college’s 205-year history. The new plan also emphasizes the continued growth of the college as a world leader, and the next decade will see expansion of the college’s schools abroad.

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Sports: Marlins defeat Champs

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — In the annual battle for Addison County bragging rights, the Middlebury Marlins swim team defeated the Vergennes Champs, 234-173, at the East Street pool in Vergennes on Thursday.

Middlebury helped its cause garnering 49 points with seven relay victories, while the Champs won six relays for 40 points.

The Marlins were buoyed by Derek Hathaway, who won all four of the individual 12-and-under races he entered: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. The team also got a boost from Kess Moulton, who won the butterfly, backstroke and freestyle for the eight and under girls, and Grace Pyne, who in the 12 and under girls category won the butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle.

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May 8th

Mothers without borders

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — The AIDS epidemic in Africa is hitting the country of Zambia especially hard. One in six adults in the country has HIV. About 630,000 children have been orphaned by the disease.

Two Bristol residents, Darla Senecal and Nancy Luke, are creating a local chapter of the organization of the organization Mothers Without Borders, which is trying to offer relief to those orphans.

The local chapter’s first project is collecting “Newborn Kits” for families in Zambia. These kits include six cloth diapers, one layette gown, one bar of soap, four diaper pins, three small plastic pants, one pair of baby socks, one receiving blanket, and one hat for a newborn.

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Union asks ACSU for information

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — The union representing Addison Central Supervisory Union teachers has asked an Addison County Superior Court judge to compel ACSU Superintendent Lee Sease to turn over information that the superintendent insists he doesn’t have.

At issue is an ACSU-commissioned report, prepared by Bristol-based Barash Mediation Services, intended to recommend ways of promoting a more “civil and respectful” environment within district schools.

The Middlebury Union High School Teachers’ Association (MUHSTA) has seen the report, which addresses the district broadly, but wants a look at follow up reports created by Barash for some individual schools.

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