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February 14th

Proposed Mary Hogan school budget restores technology post

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Local voters here on April 9 will be asked to approve a 2008-2009 Mary Hogan Elementary School budget of $5,624,785 that reflects a 2.59-percent increase in spending and restoration of an education technology position that had been cut a few years ago. If approved, the spending plan would result in an 8.4 percent property tax increase for Middlebury homeowners.

“We are excited about being able to bring this position back,” Mary Hogan Elementary Principal Bonnie Bourne said of the education technologist, a person she said will work with teachers to help students access information through computers and other equipment. The person will also advise school officials on computer infrastructure and Internet access.

Bourne explained the position was squeezed out of the budget in recent years as the school board looked for ways to cut expenses in the face of declining enrollment. The school currently serves 385 students. It was only eight years ago that 540 students attended the Mary Hogan school.

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Youths arraigned in Frost home vandalism case

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Sixteen of the more than two dozen suspects implicated in a Dec. 28, 2007, underage drinking party that caused an estimated $10,600 in damage to the former summer home of Robert Frost in Ripton have agreed to go through a court diversion program rather than have their cases adjudicated in Addison County District Court.

Those suspects — most of them teens, many of them Middlebury Union High School students — were among two dozen people that were arraigned in Addison County District Court on Monday. Seven youths pleaded innocent to charges.

The 16 who were offered, and accepted, diversion were primarily first-time offenders cited for criminal counts of unlawful trespassing at the Homer Noble Farm in Ripton.

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February 11th

Mt. Abe busing drives proposed 6.3 percent spending hike

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board of directors has signed off on a spending plan totaling $12,919,874 for the 2008-2009 school year.

The plan represents a proposed increase in spending of 6.37 percent over the current year’s budget, but officials attributed almost half of that increase to the fact that in past years busing costs appeared in elementary school budgets but this year they appear in the high school budgets.

According to Mount Abe school board Chairman Lanny Smith, the effective proposed increase in spending is about 3.2 percent.

Residents of Addison Northeast Supervisory Union towns — Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro — will vote on the proposed Mount Abe spending plan, approved at the board’s Jan. 22 meeting, on Town Meeting Day. Supervisory union business manager Greg Burdick said that education tax rates had not been set by the state legislature as the Addison Independent went to press, so the exact impact of the budget on area towns cannot yet be determined.

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Bridport seeks OK for $1.25 million school bond

By JOHN FLOWERS

BRIDPORT — Bridport voters on Town Meeting Day will be asked to approve a 20-year, $1.25 million bond issue to finance some major repairs to their elementary school, including installation of a new roof.

The repair plan is not only dependant on a “yes” vote from the public on March 4, but also action by the Legislature this session.

The legislative action is needed because as the state’s education funding laws are written, any time a town exceeds the statewide average for per-pupil spending by a specific percentage then the education tax rate on the town’s property is increased by a factor of two as a penalty. Since the state isn’t providing any aid for school building projects, the entire $1.25 million cost of the Bridport project would be counted in the per-pupil spending of the town, pushing it over the statewide average and resulting in the penalty being assessed in the town’s education property tax.

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Middlebury College grads return for musical encore

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — The first time Laura Thomas performed in a New York City club, only two people showed up to hear her play. One of them was a friend of hers.

“It was humiliating in a way, but strengthening in a way,” the singer-songwriter and guitarist said.

Seven years and plenty of grunt work later, the Middlebury College graduate is making a name for herself, and her five-member band, in the Big Apple and beyond.

On Friday, Feb. 29, the Laura Thomas Band will return to the hometown of their alma mater of three of its members — Thomas graduated from Middlebury College in 1996, lead guitarist Chris Farrell graduated in ’98 and violinist Ben Lively graduated in ’99 — to perform at Middlebury’s Two Brothers Tavern.

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February 7th

UD-3 religious club suit dropped pending settlement

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — A Shoreham teen has agreed to withdraw her lawsuit against UD-3 in wake of a pending settlement with the school district that will give her on-campus “Youth Alive” religious club essentially the same recognition and benefits enjoyed by other co-curricular student organizations.

The settlement, nearly finalized, would avert a potentially long and expensive legal proceeding that the plaintiff and her legal backers had vowed to take all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court as a test of the federal doctrines relating to the separation of church and state.

“We have concluded that the Youth Alive organization should be afforded more access than what we are providing,” Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Lee Sease said on Monday.

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Two candidates vie for open Mt. Abe school board seat

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — Voters in Bristol will have to choose between two candidates for an open seat on the Mount Abraham Union High School board on March 4. Bristol residents Gary Farnsworth and R.E. “Dick” Merrill are both running for the three-year seat now held by Wendy Puls, who has said she will not be running again.

MERRILL

Dick Merrill is a familiar face to the current school board; he said he has attended meetings regularly for three years. “I think if I do get elected, I can hit the ground running,” Merrill said.

Merrill, 69, has lived in Bristol for the past 11 years, after more than three decades in Connecticut, where he worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, manufacturing jet engines. He had a management position for several years there, so he has supervisory experience, he pointed out.

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Ballet lives on through teaching others

By MEGAN JAMES

ADDISON COUNTY — For ballerina Patty Smith, who at 57 still dances with her Leap of Faith Dance Company, teaching and choreographing add up to more than a coda to her life’s performance; they are the resolution to a tune she’s been humming for more than 50 years.

The same seems true of veteran ballerina Barbara Elias, who after a glamorous career performing with companies like the Boston Ballet is passing the torch to the next generation at the Middlebury Dance Center.

“Every dancer eventually has to teach,” Smith, who lives in Whiting, said. “Not just for finances, but to carry on the legacy. You have to.”

Some professional ballerinas perform well into their 40s and 50s, but many shift their focus around age 35 to teaching younger dancers.

“A lot of it is the body God gives you,” said Elias, who took part in her last professional performance in the 1990s. “You never know what things in life will make you stumble. Injury will take you out. You just have to move on and do other things. Sometimes people just plain get worn out.”

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