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April 6th, 2015
Thank you for four fine articles about whether or not to close small schools in Vermont and the expression of northeast Addison County’s lack of confidence in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union board and its superintendent. It strikes me that a thread of a common assumption runs through the issues raised in these four articles: the primary importance of cutting education costs.
Readers of the Addison Independent, posters to online media and people on the streets of Middlebury are bemoaning the loss of Greg’s Meat Market, a beloved institution that served area families for more than three decades.
MIDDLEBURY — Music lovers who drop in on the annual all-star performance of the Miles Donahue Quintet this Saturday evening at Middlebury College should find a lot to love.
Donahue, an affiliate artist at the college, has been bringing top-flight talent to Middlebury for going on a decade. The 8 p.m. free concert at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall will be no exception.
MIDDLEBURY — Police are investigating the death of a Middlebury College sophomore from Colorado who was found dead in a dorm room Thursday morning.
Middlebury police said there is not sign of third-party involvement or criminal activity in the death of 20-year-old Nathan Alexander.
At 9:44 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, Middlebury police and ambulance personnel were called to a dorm at Middlebury College regarding an unresponsive male student.
BRISTOL — A committee of volunteers charged with developing a design for a new firehouse in Bristol will present the plan they chose at a meeting next Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Holley Hall.
If the public is receptive of the plan, the selectboard hopes to schedule a bond vote for the project as early as June, with an eye on breaking ground in September.
The new firehouse would replace the current facility on North Street, which was completed in 1897 and suffers from a number of structural deficiencies.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School board directors are hoping for a big turnout at the ID-4 school district annual meeting on Wednesday, April 8. At the 7 p.m. meeting at the school gym residents will vote on the Middlebury elementary school’s proposed 2015-2016 spending plan of $6,775,965, and also potentially change the date and manner by which future spending plans are voted.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen in a 4-2 vote on Tuesday agreed to defend in court their support for a proposed East Street preschool playground.
The action came in response to a March 18 lawsuit that East Street resident John O’Donnell, who has spoken against the project at public meetings, filed in Addison Superior Court that sought a preliminary injunction ordering Vergennes to cease efforts to build the playground.
BRISTOL — A Bristol business dedicated to high-quality products is expanding with the help of a loan from the Addison County Economic Development Corp.
The ACEDC gave Vermont Farm Table a loan totaling $38,000, part of a financing program totaling $100,000, with additional funds coming from the National Bank of Middlebury. The company plans to use the capital to hire new staff to expand its operations and invest in product development.