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May 13th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Voters in Middlebury have for a second time approved a $6.5 million bond to build a new town office and town gym.
In a revote of a measure that passed on Town Meeting Day, residents on Tuesday OK'd the same question; the vote was 880 in favor, 714 opposed. Residents on March 4 voted 915 to 798 in favor of the plan.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on Tuesday approved revised budget proposals for Vergennes Union High School and Ferrisburgh Central School. Both budgets had been rejected on Town Meeting Day.
The vote for the VUHS budget was 687-584. The FCS vote was closer, 246-217.
Voters also approved the tech fund at FCS, by a vote of 270-194, and the capital improvement fund at VUHS, by a vote of 773-498.
VERGENNES — Through the Community Visit process Vergennes community members have settled on three areas in which to build new initiatives to improve the city. Later this month, some of Vermont’s top experts in those areas will visit the city for a Resource Meeting, at which they will work with citizens to set up action plans to make these goals possible.
BRISTOL — Bristol police are asking residents to be extra vigilant after receiving a report of the theft of items from a car.
Police said someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of a Church Street home and stole cash, fuel, three silver necklaces and a cell phone. Police believe the theft occurred between 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, and 6 a.m. on Monday, May 12.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Planning Commission will be circulating two new surveys to better discern, and help solve, the obstacles that young families are finding as they look for housing in the community.
At issue are two, seven-question surveys drafted by the commission’s housing subcommittee. One of the surveys will be distributed to people who have purchased homes in Middlebury within the past year and a half, according to Town Planner Eric Blair.
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven selectboard at its April 1 meeting appointed a slew of residents to town positions.
The selectboard unanimously made the following appointments: Rick Shappy, town energy coordinator; Earl Bessette, John McKinley and Paul Audy as fence viewers; Phyllis Smith, representative to the Addison County Solid Waste District; Richard Higbee, inspector of lumber, shingles and wood and weigher of coal; Michaela Granstrom as library trustee; and Dave Wetmore, 911 coordinator.
BRISTOL — Bristol police arrested a student who they allege assaulted another student on school grounds this past Wednesday.
According to police, Bristol resident Jacob True Lathrop, 18, was a passenger in a car that pulled into the Mount Abraham Union High School parking lot on May 7. A student who knew Lathrop reportedly called out to him, allegedly making “teasing remarks.” Police said Lathrop got out of the car, grabbed the schoolmate by the neck and lifted the youngster off the ground.
MIDDLEBURY — The summer of 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Otter Creek Child Center (OCCC) in Middlebury. The center will hold a celebration to mark the occasion on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music, face painting, a bounce house, balloon art, a slide show, arts and crafts and a group photo at 1 p.m. Otter Creek will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks for a picnic lunch and is asking attendees to bring a side dish or salad to share.