April 2, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
ADDISON — Details remain a little fuzzy as to why Addison officials built the local town hall on Addison Baptist Church property off the intersection of Routes 17 and 22A more than 130 years ago, but parishioner Erwin Clark has a theory.
“(Townspeople) needed shelter for their horses and buggies,” said Clark, a member of the Addison Baptist Church since the 1930s. “They wanted to use the wagon shed that the church had.”
Cars have since replaced horses and buggies, and Addison shifted its annual meeting from its town hall to its more spacious elementary school around 30 years ago. And while the old town hall building has sat relatively idle, it has not been forgotten. After a discussion at town meeting about what do with the town hall, Addison officials have formed a committee to determine whether the venerable old structure can be resurrected for municipal use.
April 2, 2007
By MEGAN JAMES
WHITING/SUDBURY — With a new principal on board and a district vote tentatively scheduled for December, school directors in Sudbury and Whiting this week will kick off a series of monthly public meetings to iron out the merger of the two elementary schools.
The monthly meetings will convene alternately at each town’s school, with the first scheduled for Monday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in Whiting. Monday’s meeting will focus on governance, and later meetings will focus on transportation, financing, staffing and facilities.
“What do you do with a building?” Sudbury School Board Chair Steve Roberts asked. “Who owns the building? Does it stay with the towns or not? Or what if Sudbury already spent a lot of money on their sewer system and then Whiting needs a $50,000 system? Would we pay for those kinds of things?”