January 25th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — A former Bristol resident is urging the state Legislature to pass a new law that would require property and casualty insurers to provide coverage for mold-related damage in homes.
At issue is bill S.229, introduced this year on behalf of Brenda Shores, who rented a basement apartment on Mountain Street in Bristol from 2006-2007. During her tenancy, she said mold took over the apartment, creeping into the walls and eventually into her clothing and furniture.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team seized control of Thursday’s home game against Division I BFA-St. Albans midway through the fourth quarter and earned a critical 72-65 victory.
The win moved the Commodores, who have played a challenging schedule, to 6-6 and 2-0 in the Lake Division. The 8-4 Bobwhites, also a contender for the league title, fell to 8-4.
WHITING — The Whiting Elementary School board has adopted the proposed $508,318 spending plan for the 2010-2011 school year, which represents an increase of $17,632, or 3.59 percent, over the current year’s spending plan.
But due to an increase in the number of students in the school, if voters approve the budget on Town Meeting Day their education property tax rate would fall by 7 cents, from $1.20 to $1.13, according to Brenda Fleming, business manager at Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union.
If news of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s underground pipes leaking radioactive water into nearby wells doesn’t completely nix Entergy’s hope of renewing that plant’s license for another 20 years, at the very least its plan to spin off ownership of the plant to an independent company called Enexus should be scrapped immediately.
MIDDLEBURY — Humanitarian efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti are getting a big assist from Addison County residents, scores of whom are either reaching deep into their pocketbooks or are trying to wing their way to the suffering Caribbean nation to provide direct support.
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Library’s newest star is a scene-stealer: At 120 pounds with sleek black hair and soulful brown eyes, the reading assistant draws a crowd the moment she steps into a room.
That this budding literacy advocate just happens to be a dog doesn’t particularly worry Judah Hamer, the youth services librarian at the Middlebury library. Shoopie the Newfoundland, a therapy dog now making weekly appearances at the library to read with children, is just the thing to make reading out loud exciting for some kids, Hamer explained.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary school boards have all been preparing 2010-2011 spending plans reflecting less than a 2 percent bump in spending, but education property taxes are still pegged to escalate at a much higher rate — including by more than 19 percent in Weybridge.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board of directors on Tuesday agreed to send a $13,233,629 spending plan for the 2010-2011 school year to voters in the five towns in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union on Town Meeting Day.
Total spending in the proposed budget is down 1.72 percent from the current year’s numbers, and matches this year’s educational spending dollar-for-dollar. Declining student enrollment, however, means the level-funded budget would still reflect a roughly 6 percent increase in per pupil spending.