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June 11th, 2015
FERRISBURGH — As retiring Ferrisburgh Central School educator Kathy Douglas tells it, she always knew she wanted to teach.
The native of Addison who grew up on her parents’ dairy farm recalled the first of what she said were many jobs centered on children.
“My first job was babysitting at the age of 12 for a teacher that had four boys, and I made 25 cents an hour,” said Douglas, who will wrap up a 42-year career at FCS on Tuesday.
BRISTOL — Local school directors here are hoping for a strong voter turnout at the polls on Tuesday, June 16, when the third version of a proposed 2015-2016 Bristol Elementary School (BES) budget will be decided.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted, 5-2, to support a Vermont Agency of Transportation proposal to make $3.5 million in safety upgrades to the Middlebury State Airport. That move is not sitting well with neighbors of the facility, who believe the project could have a negative impact on their quality of life and property values.
“I’ve tried to listen open-mindedly to both sides of the discussion,” Selectman Brian Carpenter said at a board meeting attended by around 20 airport neighbors.
MIDDLEBURY — Skihaus of Vermont, a major retail presence in downtown Middlebury for almost 60 years, mostly under that name but also as the Alpine Shop, has scheduled a liquidation sale at its 6 Merchants Row location in anticipation of closing its doors.
The news arrived at the Addison Independent late last week in the form of a small display ad offering basic details of the sale, slated for this Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Music Center is gearing up to celebrate its inaugural year with a concert at the Town Hall Theater this Sunday. The music center, which first opened its doors to 91 students at the Middlebury Community House this past September, now offers private and group lessons for 210 students of all levels and ages.
Students there receive instruction in 19 instruments, including the piano, clarinet and violin.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard may have found a solution to state environmental officials’ request that the town close its landfill by the end of 2016 due to environmental concerns.
The plan? To close, cap and cover the landfill — which is one of only two of the state’s remaining unlined landfills — by this August with financial help from a different arm of state government.
BRISTOL — After approving preliminary $3.19 million plans to construct a new firehouse, the Bristol selectboard will hold a series of public information meetings later this month. Officials have also released estimates on the property tax impact of approving the project.
LINCOLN — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced that construction was beginning the week of June 8 to replace the Lincoln TH 1 Bridge 19 located over the New Haven River. The bridge is located on East River Road about one-half mile south of TH 1 and Gove Hill Road.