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November 20th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — A Saturday and Sunday with fair but cold weather saw Vermont’s deer rifle season get off to a solid, but not spectacular, start in the area.
During the first two days of the state’s 16-day rifle season, local hunters shot 154 deer and then took them to one of Addison County’s official weighing stations.
That opening weekend total dropped from the 200 killed in 2013’s first two days, but overall fell in line with numbers from the past four years’ opening weekends.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board, at their meeting Tuesday evening, performed an autopsy on the lopsided defeat of a $32.6 million bond proposal to renovate the aging Bristol school.
The board came to a consensus on the primary reason the bond failed: taxpayers were unwilling to foot the bill.
Residents of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union’s five sending towns on Nov. 4 voted down the proposal, 3,328 to 1,239.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School officials are discussing a proposal that the annual ID-4 school district budget be decided on Town Meeting Day instead of on the second Wednesday of April, and that residents cast ballots on the spending plan instead of passing judgment with a voice vote.
The ID-4 school board’s decision to consider the changes comes after a pitch by some local citizens and Middlebury officials who believe that a Town Meeting Day vote by Australian ballot would allow more residents to weigh in on annual Mary Hogan Elementary spending.
VERMONT — Critics of the Shumlin administration earlier this week were demanding the dismissal of a state consultant whose remarks about the Affordable Care Act last week went viral on Twitter and were picked up by major news outlets, including Bloomberg, Slate and the New Republic.
By the end of the day Wednesday the consultant had said he would stay on the job but work without pay.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes sewer fund should soon be $107,876 richer, City Manager Mel Hawley told Vergennes aldermen at their Nov. 11 meeting.
City and Vermont Agency of Transportation officials earlier this fall agreed on that figure as a tap-on fee to the city sewer system for the historic former Vergennes rail depot, which was moved in October 2012 from North Main Street to a Ferrisburgh site next to the VTrans park-and-ride lot and is now state-owned.
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union has signed a lease to move its Vergennes headquarters from Green Street to the Kennedy Brothers building on Main Street, and both parties said they were happy with the deal.
ANwSU Superintendent JoAn Canning said the move, which will take place next June, will save about $12,000 a year, and the new space, when complete, will better meet the district’s needs.
At the University of New Hampshire Organic Dairy Research Farm in Lee, even the heat for the wash water is organic and locally sourced.
The heat comes from the farm’s composting facility, a building that looks like an eight-bay garage but actually contains cutting-edge composting technology, as well as a whole lot of rotting stuff.
MONTPELIER — At the National Community Bank in Montpelier last month, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., unveiled bipartisan legislation to provide targeted regulatory relief to small community banks across the country.