May 6th, 2010
BRIDPORT — Bridport residents on Tuesday voted 125-75 in favor of a 2010-2011 elementary school spending plan that was slightly leaner than the version defeated on Town Meeting Day.
The approved, $1,330,817 spending plan was $6,158 less than the budget voters rejected by a 179-172 tally last March. The savings were derived from reduced health care premiums ($2,158) and reduced professional development expenses ($4,000).
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union School Board on Tuesday night rejected the non-union support staff’s requests for across-the-board pay raises, instead striking a compromise that will largely spare the jobs of employees earning the smallest salaries while cutting raises entirely for more expensive senior staff.
As seniors in high schools across the country approach graduation and fateful decisions about their future, it’s interesting to note that more students than ever are continuing their educations in college. It’s not surprising, as the world economy is becoming more knowledge driven and the prospects for labor-intensive jobs diminish, though the difference in wage opportunities are worth careful study by all prospective graduates.
What a difference a week can make. Two weekends ago I wore short pants while outside doing yard work. A few days later it started snowing, and it continued to snow on and off overnight until we had three or four inches of the white stuff at our house in Middlebury. Last weekend I broke out the shorts again as the temperatures climbed into the high 70s and 80s.
ADDISON COUNTY — Some FairPoint Communications customers early last week struggled with a break in Internet access due to a defective connection in the line.
FairPoint spokeswoman Sabina Haskell said that the company was alerted to the connection problems on the morning of Monday, April 26, when many Middlebury area customers called in with connection problems.
I’ve done it: I’ve sworn off the bottle. No, not Jim Beam — Miss Clairol.
I colored my hair for a good 15 or 20 years. But in March, when I turned 42, two things struck me: (1) Even with my pretend brunette color people are starting to suspect I’m no longer 21, and (2) the longer I dye my hair, the more pronounced the difference will be when I eventually stop.
Our house sits in the woods. In front, across our driveway, we have a small open space where we have a garden and a few fruit trees. Off to the side is a partially shaded, overgrown, unproductive blackberry patch. Most of our land, however, is wooded. We have trees nearly touching our walls on three sides.
FAIR HAVEN — Fair Haven Union High School hosted its second annual Slater Invitational track and field meet on its brand-new, collegiate-level track facility on Saturday, but first had important business to handle: The new facility was dedicated to longtime Slater track coach Dave Heitkamp and his family, who are Orwell residents and who all attended the ceremony.