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January 25th, 2010
VERGENNES — Gov. James Douglas set the tone for the evening at last Wednesday night’s Addison County Firefighters Association annual dinner meeting.
He asked the scores of white- and blue-shirted men and women present at the Addison Eagles Club to think for a moment about longtime Vergennes Fire Chief Ralph Jackman, a lifetime member of the ACFA who died Jan. 2 after 62 years of service to his department.
“Ralph’s gone, but we’ll always remember his service to the community,” said Douglas.
ADDISON — The Addison Central School board on Thursday eliminated the jobs of the school’s music teacher and librarian, among other cuts, to cut spending and avoid paying a higher per-pupil tax penalty in the 2010-2011 school year.
The result is a total proposed decrease in spending of $84,700, or about 6 percent, to roughly $1.8 million. Addison voters will decide the fate of that proposed ACS budget on Town Meeting Day.
MIDDLEBURY — Voters in the ID-4 school district in April will be asked to approve a major drainage, grading and resurfacing project for the asphalt-based playground areas and emergency vehicle route at Mary Hogan Elementary School.
Tom Buzzell, associate principal at Mary Hogan Elementary School, said he had received preliminary designs for a project that will focus on repairs to the asphalt surface on the playground areas east and north of the school buildings, as well as to the emergency vehicle access route leading to the back of the building.
MIDDLEBURY — A former Bristol resident is urging the state Legislature to pass a new law that would require property and casualty insurers to provide coverage for mold-related damage in homes.
At issue is bill S.229, introduced this year on behalf of Brenda Shores, who rented a basement apartment on Mountain Street in Bristol from 2006-2007. During her tenancy, she said mold took over the apartment, creeping into the walls and eventually into her clothing and furniture.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team seized control of Thursday’s home game against Division I BFA-St. Albans midway through the fourth quarter and earned a critical 72-65 victory.
The win moved the Commodores, who have played a challenging schedule, to 6-6 and 2-0 in the Lake Division. The 8-4 Bobwhites, also a contender for the league title, fell to 8-4.
WHITING — The Whiting Elementary School board has adopted the proposed $508,318 spending plan for the 2010-2011 school year, which represents an increase of $17,632, or 3.59 percent, over the current year’s spending plan.
But due to an increase in the number of students in the school, if voters approve the budget on Town Meeting Day their education property tax rate would fall by 7 cents, from $1.20 to $1.13, according to Brenda Fleming, business manager at Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union.
MIDDLEBURY — Humanitarian efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti are getting a big assist from Addison County residents, scores of whom are either reaching deep into their pocketbooks or are trying to wing their way to the suffering Caribbean nation to provide direct support.
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Library’s newest star is a scene-stealer: At 120 pounds with sleek black hair and soulful brown eyes, the reading assistant draws a crowd the moment she steps into a room.
That this budding literacy advocate just happens to be a dog doesn’t particularly worry Judah Hamer, the youth services librarian at the Middlebury library. Shoopie the Newfoundland, a therapy dog now making weekly appearances at the library to read with children, is just the thing to make reading out loud exciting for some kids, Hamer explained.