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May 6th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster has probably packed around a year’s worth of work into his first six months on the job.
It’s been a compressed timeframe during which he’s put in a series of 12-hour days prosecuting three trials while assessing evidence in scores of other cases. In his “spare time,” he’s been getting his family settled in Weybridge while becoming acquainted with the many court officials, law enforcement personnel, victims’ advocates and other professionals with whom he must network in his job.
BRIDPORT — Bridport residents on Tuesday voted 125-75 in favor of a 2010-2011 elementary school spending plan that was slightly leaner than the version defeated on Town Meeting Day.
The approved, $1,330,817 spending plan was $6,158 less than the budget voters rejected by a 179-172 tally last March. The savings were derived from reduced health care premiums ($2,158) and reduced professional development expenses ($4,000).
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union School Board on Tuesday night rejected the non-union support staff’s requests for across-the-board pay raises, instead striking a compromise that will largely spare the jobs of employees earning the smallest salaries while cutting raises entirely for more expensive senior staff.
ADDISON COUNTY — Some FairPoint Communications customers early last week struggled with a break in Internet access due to a defective connection in the line.
FairPoint spokeswoman Sabina Haskell said that the company was alerted to the connection problems on the morning of Monday, April 26, when many Middlebury area customers called in with connection problems.
Our house sits in the woods. In front, across our driveway, we have a small open space where we have a garden and a few fruit trees. Off to the side is a partially shaded, overgrown, unproductive blackberry patch. Most of our land, however, is wooded. We have trees nearly touching our walls on three sides.
FAIR HAVEN — Fair Haven Union High School hosted its second annual Slater Invitational track and field meet on its brand-new, collegiate-level track facility on Saturday, but first had important business to handle: The new facility was dedicated to longtime Slater track coach Dave Heitkamp and his family, who are Orwell residents and who all attended the ceremony.
MIDDLEBURY — The nearly 50 Middlebury College students gathered in the McCullough Student Center on Monday evening were a remarkable bunch, according to Dean of Students Gus Jordan, Barclays Capital Managing Director Patrick Durkin, and Vermont democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne.
The students had all been singled out for recognition for their outstanding community service projects as part of the annual awards ceremony. That evening, 11 of them received awards for their outstanding service.
MIDDLEBURY — RetailVision will shed approximately 20 of its 70 Middlebury employees by this August, representatives of the Middlebury business’s parent company confirmed on Thursday.
The cuts, announced to affected workers last Wednesday, are being driven by the expiration of a contract with a firm that had been providing some warehousing and distribution services for RetailVision, which creates and manages specialty magazine sales programs for specialty retailers throughout the country.