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February 25th, 2015
BRIDPORT — Bridport residents at their town meeting next Tuesday will be asked to take the town clerk, treasurer and tax collector positions off future election ballots and instead allow the local selectboard to appoint people to those positions.
BRANDON — After townspeople voted on municipal budget proposals five times in 2014, Brandon town leaders are hoping that they will gain residents’ support for the proposed fiscal year 2016 town budget in just one go around — on Town Meeting Day.
ADDISON — Decisions on spending will dominate Addison’s Monday, March 2, town and school meetings, and Tuesday, March 3, balloting.
One financial measure will be discussed on Monday night during the school portion of the joint town and school meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at Addison Central School (ACS). Residents will be asked to add $10,000 to the ACS capital improvement fund, an annual request.
In the interest of civil discourse, amenable conversation and cordial debate may I present Patrick Henry on the issue of liberty:
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. … The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
— Patrick Henry, in a speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778.
Just thinking — if Vermonters are so helpful and caring of their neighbors why do so many still drive too fast for conditions and/or tailgate?
And wouldn’t it be great if all the snow that people can’t find room for here in the Northeast could be loaded into waterproof vehicles and trucked to the areas of the Southwest that are suffering record drought?
This is both a personal and professional endorsement for Doug Bailey to be elected to the Brandon selectboard. Having dealt with Doug since the early 1980s at First Vermont Bank and been a friend of his for almost that long, I know very well the person who will represent us.
Dear Starksboro Community Members,
I am writing to ask you to consider supporting my candidacy for the Robinson Elementary School board. I am running for a seat on the Robinson board because I care deeply about the school and the children it serves, and because I believe I have something to contribute.
Susan Smiley, a long time resident of New Haven, is running the New Haven selectboard. This is a post to which Susan will bring an abundance of talent and experience. Susan and her husband farmed and gardened on the River Road for many years. Her knowledge of the town and its history is extensive. She is thoughtful and sensitive to the issues that concern residents; she is committed to finding solutions that will benefit New Haven now and into the future.