March 8th, 2012
Below is our 2012 town-by-town wrapup of actions taken by Addison County and Brandon voters at their local annual gatherings. Click on a town to jump to the results.
Just in: With 85 percent of Ohio’s vote counted, the race is tightening: Santorum and Romney are now tied at 37 percent. That’s because a close look at the map suggests the 15 percent of the vote yet to be counted is in the larger cities of Cleveland, Akron and Columbus, where Romney is ahead of Santorum by up to 10 percentage points in each of those areas. Conclusion: Look for a Romney surge, and a race that goes to Romney.
Update and commentary on the Republican presidential primary:
Early on this Super Tuesday primary night, Rick Santorum appears to be headed for what he can legitimately claim is a two-person race for Republican nomination. With early returns in, it appears he’ll win Oklahoma and Tennessee, with a good chance for a victory in North Dakota, and perhaps a narrow win in Ohio, which would be huge.
SHOREHAM — At Monday evening’s town meeting, Shoreham residents approved all resolutions up for vote with two articles on the warning drawing a large share of the discussion.
After much talk, residents accepted an education spending plan that represented a 3.1 percent increase from the current year and authorized an expenditure of up to $160,000 of new taxpayer dollars for a new town clerk’s office, which will supplemented with money already on hand..
At one of the longest town meetings in recent memory, about 250 Middlebury residents spent 4 hours and 20 minutes deliberating a number of issues, starting with the proposed budget, which took the better part of two hours. It passed on a voice vote, with numerous questions from the audience but no final opposition.
Lots of playoff headlines yesterday and today.
The big news on Sunday came out of Middlebury College, where in the wake of the men’s basketball team’s convincing 89-73 takedown of Albertus Magnus on Saturday night, the NCAA awarded the 26-3 Panthers a sectional tournament this weekend. (See details on that game and photos from the Panthers’ Friday win over Morrisville in our Monday paper.)
LEICESTER — After a lifetime of service to his town, Bob Oliver on Monday evening will spend his last town meeting sitting at the front of the Leicester Meeting House with the other members of the Leicester selectboard.
ADDISON COUNTY — As schools around the county scramble to keep up with rapid developments in information technology, leading educators have repeatedly voiced concern that education models embraced 10-20 years ago aren’t cutting it anymore. And students who don’t fit the traditional education mold are getting left behind.
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