Archive - Dec 2009
BRISTOL — An accounting mistake sent up a major roadblock for the Mount Abraham Union High School board of directors this week, sending school board members and administrators back to square one to draft the high school’s 2010-2011 spending plan all while grappling with an unexpected additional $475,000 in necessary cuts.
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Business Manager explained that an incomplete estimate in the early budget drafts put the “balance forward” number in the school budget much higher than is accurate.
ADDISON COUNTY — Three “Cow Power” farms that pioneered the generation of electricity from manure are suffering because they say the price they are paid for that power doesn’t meet the cost of producing it. Now they are getting some relief from the Public Service Board, which last week approved a temporary hike in that price.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday reconsidered a decision made during budget deliberations earlier this year and voted unanimously to support a planned upgrade to the Addison County Transit Resource’s Tri-Town Shuttle.
Tuesday’s decision was made easier by a lower price tag: $1,350 instead of an earlier request of about $3,700. ACTR Executive Director Jim Moulton said that figure was pro-rated to represent the amount the city would owe this fiscal year based on the formula the agency used to charge towns that benefit from its services.
One might fairly ask what a dead camcorder and standing in Keene, N.H., for hours in pouring rain and 35-degree temperatures has to do with getting a daughter into college.
The answer lies somewhere in a Bermuda Triangle of a philosophical discussion on the role of athletics and recruiting in NCAA Division III even at the finest academic institutions, the difficulty of quantifying defense, and a lack of parental foresight and understanding of the process of all of the above.
BRISTOL/VERGENNES — Football boosters, athletic directors and players and coaches alike in Bristol and Vergennes are mulling over a plan that could spark the first cooperative, cross-district football team in Vermont.
The Vergennes Union High School board of directors discussed the burgeoning plan Monday, and VUHS Athletic Director Peter Maneen said that so far, the reception for the idea has been largely positive.
BRISTOL — A public hearing in Bristol this week on the proposed Bristol Town Plan returned to familiar ground: the hot button issue of gravel extraction.
ADDISON COUNTY — With the addition of deer killed during the muzzleloader season that concluded this past Sunday, Addison County weigh stations handled 840 deer this fall during bow, muzzleloader and rifle seasons, plus Youth Hunting Weekend.
That total falls well short of 2008’s final tally of 1,026. The 186 fewer deer weighed in Addison County translates to an overall drop of 18.1 percent, with decreases across the board:
• The combined bow and muzzleloader seasons total this year was 448, a 14.7 percent decline from 2008.
MONKTON — Stolen trees and wreaths are cutting into the amount of money Monkton Boy Scouts can raise this year during their annual holiday fund-raiser.
Troop 525, which is selling Christmas trees and evergreen wreaths at the Monkton Friends Church in Monkton Ridge, is eyeing nearly $1,000 in lost sales after seven or eight Christmas trees and more than 20 wreaths have gone missing.