January 12th, 2015
BRISTOL — On Town Meeting Day, residents of the five-town area will vote on a proposed Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School budget that features spending that is virtually the same as what was approved for the current fiscal year.
The Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget, approved by the Mount Abe board last week, calls for $14.06 million in spending, which is a fraction of a percent less than the $14.09 million spending plan voters approved last year.
BRANDON — In what is sure to be an in-depth conversation about priorities, the Neshobe Elementary School Board has planned a community forum to discuss some key budget issues as Town Meeting Day draws near.
Residents are invited to a forum at the Brandon school’s library on Tuesday, Jan. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. It will be followed by the regular board meeting at 6 p.m., when board members will vote on a 2015-2016 spending plan that will go before voters on Town Meeting Day.
BRISTOL — Bristol police this past Thursday arrested a town man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman the previous day. Following a joint investigation with the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations, Bristol police arrested Dustin W. Quade, 23, at his North Street home just after 10 p.m. on Jan. 8.
MIDDLEBURY — There was a distinct Addison County flavor to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s Jan. 8 inaugural address, during which he emphasized renewable energy initiatives, agriculture and renewed efforts to clean up Lake Champlain.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard will work through the Legislature to soften Act 250’s new anti-sprawl Criterion 9L, said board chairwoman Loretta Lawrence last week after a board meeting.
VERGENNES — Vergennes firefighters and members of three other departments spent seven hours starting just after 1 a.m. on Thursday morning fighting a blaze that gutted most of a three-unit apartment building at 17-19 White St.
No one was reported to be hurt, but property damage was extensive. The Red Cross was on scene Thursday, meeting with the six people who lost their homes in the fire and providing financial assistance for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments and lodging.
BRISTOL — A Mount Abraham Union High School senior was selected from a pool of Vermont high school students to represent the state at a nationwide conference in Washington, D.C., this spring.
Isabelle Moody of Monktonand a Brattleboro student will form Vermont’s delegation to the United States Senate Youth Program, a conference created by the federal government in 1962 for exceptional students interested in careers in public service.
MONTPELIER — Preliminary reports indicate a significant reduction in fatalities on Vermont’s highways in 2014 according to the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA). The unofficial total of fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes in Vermont for 2014 was 43 (32 vehicle operators, six passengers and five pedestrians). This is a 38-percent reduction from 2013, which saw 70 fatalities on Vermont’s highways. Of the 43 fatalities, 46 percent were unbelted, about 25 percent involved drugs or alcohol and about 25 percent involved speeding.