November 3rd, 2010
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Election night 2010 saw a sharply contested gubernatorial election and a number of tight statewide and local races. Five of us gathered in the Addison Independent newsroom, listening for the phones to ring and the fax machine to start clicking.
Here's a rundown of how the evening transpired, and how the races panned out. Watch our Election 2010 topic page for full results and analysis.
BRIDPORT — Peter Damone came within a whisker of losing his life, has his jaw held in place by a metal bar and is essentially confined to his home except for short walks and trips to the doctor.
But if you ask him, he’ll tell you he’s one of the most fortunate men in the world.
“I came so close to being gone; you’ve got to feel lucky,” Damone, 76, said on Thursday during a visit on his back porch, where a stray bullet changed his world almost three months ago.
“I’m standing — how can you be mad?”
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday will hold a continued public hearing on a proposal to build a Dollar General Store on a Route 7 site across from the new solar farm outside Vergennes. The hearing will reopen at 7:05 p.m. at the Ferrisburgh town office building.
MIDDLEBURY — The Mary Hogan Elementary School board wants the public to weigh in on approximately $235,000 in 2011-2012 budget cuts that would be necessary for the school to comply with the state’s “Challenges for Change” request.
The Vermont Legislature and Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca have asked the state’s school districts to prepare 2011-2012 budgets that reflect a 2-percent decrease in spending compared to this year. This Challenges for Change directive is designed to save around $23 million in overall education spending next year.
ADDISON — Addison selectmen and the town’s committee working on the future of Addison’s former town hall have continued working toward finding what it might cost to make the building functional and how the town might best use it.
At selectmen’s Oct. 5 meeting, town hall committee head John Spencer said the committee was just about ready to send out requests to architects for proposals to perform a “needs assessment” on the building, which stands on church property near the town clerk’s office.
The building currently lacks a septic system and needs restoration work.
BRANDON — The Middlebury Union High School football team completed an undefeated regular season and clinched the top seed in Division II on Saturday, when the Tigers defeated host Otter Valley, 41-14.
The 9-0 Tigers, unofficially, will host No. 4 Fair Haven (6-3 overall, 4-3 in D-II) on Friday night at Doc Collins field. The Tigers won at Fair Haven on Sept. 10, 32-13.
VERGENNES — At the Vergennes city council meeting this past Tuesday, aldermen discussed a suggestion by Deputy Mayor Randy Ouellette that the city offer senior citizens a discount on sewer bills.
In a Thursday interview, City Manager Mel Hawley said aldermen did not act, but indicated they might consider such a move in the future.
“That is something that is worthy of looking at it,” Hawley said.
One reason aldermen did not move immediately is because of an unknown expense in the sewer ledger — how much it will cost to remove sludge from the treatment plant’s septic lagoons.