Archive - Dec 2011 - Page
From Tropical Storm Irene to the opening of the new Champlain Bridge, 2011 was chock-full of groundbreaking events. Once you've caught up on the year's biggest developments in our Chronology Feature, make sure to check out some of the accompanying images taken by award-winning photographer Trent Campbell. For captions, click on the slideshow image or refer to the print version of Thursday's paper.
Every year, boys and girls around the world send letters to Santa in the the north pole. Here are a few that local children shared with us.
Since I didn’t get any gifts for my birthday can I get more presents than usual? I would like a DS, some DS games like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman. Some Wii games like Indiana and Star Wars and Batman, and Mario and Sonik, and a ripstick and a game for the Wii. It is. Maryo cart and a DS game it is Maryo. I would like some bayblades and a bayblade arena.
LINCOLN — Heading up the road from Bristol along the New Haven River, just west of the mountain village of Lincoln, stands a small Christmas tree in the woods decorated with lights and a star.
The mysterious tree — situated in a thick patch of forest, across the river from homes and utility lines — shines anomalously against tall stands of trees in the dark, winter night.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board is considering cuts to driver’s education, dance, art and foreign languages in order to limit the increase in the 2012-2013 spending plan to around 3 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — Some people can recapture their childhood through old photographs, friends, foods and fond memories.
But Paul Bortz uses a different vehicle to transport himself down memory lane — a train. Actually, more than 500 electric and toy trains that he enthusiastically collects and shares with his family and the public.
BRISTOL — Taking aim at level-funding the 2012-2013 school budget, Mount Abraham Union High School Principal Andy Kepes offered the school board at its Tuesday meeting an even slimmer spending plan that would decrease spending by 1.9 percent from this year’s $11,309,068 budget.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s historic covered Pulp Mill Bridge will close on Jan. 2 for an estimated 10 months of extensive repairs designed to make the span more structurally secure and durable.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge voters in March will be asked to approve a 2012-2013 elementary school spending plan of $970,277, representing a 14.55-percent decrease to reflect an ongoing trend of declining enrollment.
This is the third year in a row that Weybridge school directors are pitching a reduced budget. Local voters last year OK’d a $1,135,495 spending plan, which amounted to a 6.4-percent decrease compared to the previous year.