March 24th, 2011
BRIDPORT — Although the Legislature is primarily occupied with bigger state budget and health care bills, several lawmakers joined farmers and other interested people to discuss agriculture issues that affect the county at the annual ag legislative luncheon at the Bridport Community Hall on Monday.
BRIDPORT — School directors in Bridport and Ripton are looking for new principals to fill impending leadership vacancies in their respective elementary schools.
Bridport Central Principal Georgette Childs and Marta Beede, leader of Ripton Elementary School, recently confirmed they will be stepping down at the end of this academic year.
BRANDON — The Neshobe Family Practice medical building on the site of the former Brandon Training School had to shut down last week after a sewer problem followed by a water problem.
Brandon Town Manager Keith Arlund said he was alerted on March 10 that a lateral sewer line to the building adjacent to the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union offices was compromised after a clean-out box came apart.
When public works crews were working to fix the sewer line, they discovered a leaking water main, Arlund said.
The revived effort to conceptualize a new town office building for Middlebury has two apparent goals: to tear down much of the existing building and replace it with a smaller, more modern and efficient office space, and — by doing so — save on fuel costs.
Middlebury residents rejected a proposal in 2002 for a $6 million proposal that called for a 13,982-square-foot, two-story structure on the same site. That proposal would have incorporated the town police headquarters and kept the existing municipal gymnasium.
(Written with Kenn Hastings and Valerie Smith Hastings)
Spring teases, as is her wont in March. Longer days and the pendulum swing of the thermometer can mean only one thing. The sap is rising.
BRISTOL — After a $241,000 deficit emerged in the Mount Abraham Union High School books six months after the close of the 2010 fiscal year last June 30, administrators are taking steps to ensure that such a large deficit doesn’t occur again.
By redistributing responsibilities, replacing personnel and bringing in outside consultants, Addison Northeast Supervisory Union administrators hope to reduce future deficits. But, in the face of tighter budgets, this task will prove challenging, according to ANeSU Superintendent Evelyn Howard.
SALEM, Va. — On Friday, the Middlebury men’s basketball team ended its record-breaking season with a 59-57 loss to #8 St. Thomas (29-3) in an NCAA semifinal contest played at Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.
The second-ranked Panthers end their season with a record of 28-2, the most wins in school history. The Panther seniors end their four-year careers with a school-best mark of 96-18.
MIDDLEBURY — On April 12, 1861, the Confederate Army’s assault on the U.S. garrison at Fort Sumter in South Carolina officially signaled the beginning of America’s bloody civil war. Those shots 150 years ago symbolically reverberated through Addison County towns, temporarily shaking a placid, agrarian tableau as local men left the plowed fields for the battlefields.