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February 16th, 2015
BRISTOL — Scores of Bristol Elementary School parents, teachers and community members attended the school board meeting this past Monday night to voice their concerns on the proposed school budget.
In a marathon meeting that lasted more than three hours, staff and residents raised concerns about layoffs that the proposed fiscal year 2016 budget would likely necessitate, and the process by which the budget is created.
Bristol residents will vote on the proposed $4.9 million spending plan on March 3, Town Meeting Day.
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Jan. 12 cut the ribbon on a new state office building in the heart of St. Albans. Vermont Integrated Architecture (VIA) of Middlebury designed the building as part of a team assembled by development firm ReArch Co. in South Burlington. Replacing a vacant and crumbling brick building on Federal Street, the 45,100-square-foot office building, which will house approximately 168 employees in six departments of the Agency of Human Services, is a large part of the planned revitalization of the city of St. Albans.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard last week took what could be an important step to clear the path for a hydropower plant to someday be established at Middlebury’s downtown waterfall.
Board members and Anders Holm, principal of Middlebury Electric LLC, signed a term sheet that outlined a roadmap to build a new hydro facility at the Middlebury falls of the Otter Creek.
NEW HAVEN — Four candidates will face off for two seats on the New Haven selectboard in an unusually busy election season. The races will be decided by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day, March 3.
Charles Roy and Jim Walsh are vying for a three-year seat, while Susan Smiley and Steve Dupoise Sr. are competing for a two-year seat. Roy, the incumbent for the two-year seat, is seeking the three-year being vacated by Roger Boise.
WHITING — On a cold Vermont night, Julner Remy warms his spirits with recollections of his native Haiti, recollections he commits to canvas and wood with deft brushstrokes.
His paintings have recently become far more than a balm for his soul. A lot of his work is now on display at the EastView at Middlebury retirement community, where the 33-year-old Whiting resident currently works as a caregiver.
FERRISBURGH — Although a string of appeals and court cases may show that not everyone in Ferrisburgh is lovin’ it, the new McDonald’s Restaurant that will complete Champlain Oil Company’s new Route 7 development should be up and running next week, said COCO President Tony Cairns on Monday.
When the doors open under the golden arches, it will finish Cairns’ and COCO’s roughly seven-year effort to build a gas station, convenience store and restaurant on the former home of the Ferrisburgh Roadhouse and Burdick’s Country Kitchen.
VERGENNES — The Seth Warner-Rhoda Farrand Chapter DAR, in working to fulfill its mission of preserving American history and furthering education for children, recently donated to the Vergennes United Elementary School library four children’s books.
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team led host Vergennes by 10 points in the fourth period on Friday, but had to hold off a Commodore rally to come away with a 50-46 victory.
The Tigers won two of three games last week to finish at 3-17 and unofficially earn the No. 14 seed. The Vermont Principals’ Association set playoff pairings early on Monday, and it appears MUHS will meet No. 3 Mill River on Tuesday or Wednesday.