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MIDDLEBURY — Only a few months ago, the Middlebury Union High School’s Tigers’ Print student newspaper — and indeed, the journalism program itself — was in jeopardy of folding.
But, after the eleventh-hour infusion of a savvy instructor and 11 sharp students, the Tigers’ Print has not only continued to publish, but also has flourished with some national exposure and a new on-line edition.
MIDDLEBURY —Pomfret Republican Len Britton has served on some statewide boards to which he was appointed, but this year decided to make his first run for elective office — and he is not starting small.
Britton will take on none other than Vermont’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Patrick Leahy, who has been in office since he was elected in 1974 and who currently serves as the chairman of the senate Judiciary Committee.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen have agreed on a series of capital improvement reductions and salary adjustments in the proposed fiscal year 2011 general fund budget that, if approved by voters, would allow the town to preserve the same municipal tax rate for the second year in a row.
MIDDLEBURY — After the Middlebury Union High School team opened on Dec. 2 with a 3-0 loss to Montpelier, co-coach Tim Howlett was not upset. The Tigers had an edge in shots on goal, and Howlett thought the team he heads with co-coach Wendy Leeds had played hard and well.
“That kind of effort will win us a lot of games this year,” Howlett wrote in an email.
The Tigers — a team that won three games last winter and finished 0-20 the year before — have not lost since.
FERRISBURGH — Last Tuesday’s sit-down in Ferrisburgh town offices with town and Vergennes officials to discuss a possible sewer extension deal did not produce an immediate meeting of the minds, but both sides said afterward they would keep lines of communication open.
“It definitely wasn’t, ‘No, we don’t want it,’” said Ferrisburgh selectboard chairwoman Loretta Lawrence on Wednesday. “We want to keep it in discussion.”
Mayor Michael Daniels also said afterward he hoped talks would continue, although it appeared the city’s proposed split of tax revenue might be a sticking point.
ADDISON — New York and Vermont transportation authorities have tentatively set Wednesday, Dec. 23, as the date on which an Idaho-based company will demolish the Champlain Bridge.
Details were still being firmed up on Friday morning.
SHOREHAM — The Ticonderoga Ferry closed for the day on Thursday due to ice forming on Lake Champlain, but officials said it plans to restart service on Friday if lake conditions allow.
The ferry has provided a critical transportation link between Shoreham, Vt., and Ticonderoga, N.Y., since the Lake Champlain Bridge (about 10 miles north) was closed on Oct. 16.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board will present voters on Town Meeting Day a proposed 2010-2011 budget of $15,967,209, representing a 2.81-percent increase in spending and a potential hike of 5.9 percent in the education property tax rate.
The board made its decision Tuesday after more than two hours of debate on whether to reduce the budget’s impact on taxpayers by further cutting Middlebury Union High School and Middlebury Union Middle School programs, and/or using a substantial chunk of the district’s $512,189 fund balance for property tax relief.