May 3rd, 2012
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories that look at how the numbers of local families accessing food assistance programs have changed in the past decade.
ADDISON COUNTY — As the old proverb goes, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
ADDISON COUNTY — While some Addison County school districts are considering merging resources and governance in the face of declining enrollment, some of the area’s independent, private schools are also having to adjust their budgets and business plans to remain successful.
A survey of six of the county’s independent schools revealed that while some remain at full capacity, others are seeing student numbers drop and are compensating by either trimming staff and/or grade levels, or are adding new offerings to woo prospective families.
SHOREHAM — Vermont’s Congressional delegation announced on Tuesday that it had secured $1.3 million in federal funds to build a community health center in Shoreham that will offer medical and dental services to area residents regardless of their ability to pay.
BRANDON — The Hannaford supermarket chain has pulled out of the beleaguered Brandon Plaza project, citing economic changes and the lengthy permitting process.
Developer Bill McCabe had been counting on the store to anchor his long-delayed shopping center project at the intersection of Route 7 and Nickerson Road. From its corporate headquarters in Scarborough, Maine, Hannaford officials cited a change in the economic climate since the project entered the local permitting process in 2009.
RUTLAND — The former owner and publisher of theBrandon Reporter and Vermont Ski News and founder of the Vermont Ski Museum has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor.
Roy Newton, who publishes theLakeside News and the Rutland Sun, made the announcement on the campus of Castleton State College on April 25.
MIDDLEBURY — They arrived from all corners of the state by the hundreds on Monday, bathing Middlebury College’s white marble Mead Chapel in a sea of green, blue and black.
From constables to reformed lawbreakers to the governor of the state of Vermont, they filled the chapel to honor a man who many described as a “giant” in law enforcement — Addison County Sheriff James Coons, who died on April 16 following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 59.
FERRISBURGH — A fire that started at about 10 o’clock on Sunday night burned to the ground the rear third of a Route 7 building in Ferrisburgh and badly damaged the rest of it. The conflagration destroyed many valuable tractors, cars and equipment stored there, and it is forcing a marine sales and service business renting space there — Eriksen’s Crow’s Nest Marina — to relocate.
BRISTOL — For five-and-a-half innings on Saturday, the host Mount Abraham and Middlebury union high school baseball teams battled on even terms in a crisp game that stood at 3-3.
Then, in the sixth, things started going wrong for a Tiger team that had been playing well enough to win three straight road games and enter the day at 3-1.