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January 28th, 2015
VERGENNES — An expired inspection sticker led to a series of Jan. 19 citations, including a drug charge, for a Panton man.
A Vergennes police officer noticed the expired sticker on a car parked at the Small City Market and pulled the vehicle over soon after on Main Street. During the stop, Vergennes police learned the driver, Michael Atherton, 31, of Panton, had his license suspended, in part, police said, for failure to pay fines.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Emily McGrath, 32, of Middlebury for burglary, in connection with the alleged theft of cash from Carol’s Hungry Mind Café on Jan. 19.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a noise complaint in the Court Street area on Jan. 19.
• Investigated a trespassing complaint at Greg’s Meat Market on Jan. 19.
WEYBRIDGE — A Weybridge man was killed in an ATV accident on Saturday evening.
On Jan. 24 at 8:27 p.m. state police responded to a reported ATV crash in a field on Weybridge Road in Weybridge. A passing motorist had observed the ATV on its side in the field and called 911.
MIDDLEBURY — The proposed 2015-2016 budgets for six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools reflect spending increases ranging from 0.2 percent to 5.35 percent, but the impact on taxpayers in most communities will be greater due to declining enrollment and other variables.
BRIDPORT — Addison Central Supervisory Union officials are reporting a substantial number of applications from candidates seeking to fill principal vacancies at the Bridport and Cornwall elementary schools.
Peter Burrows, ACSU superintendent, confirmed the district has received 25 applications for the top administrative job at Bridport Central School and another 19 from those wishing to lead Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial School. Burrows said school directors in both towns plan to interview finalists for their respective principal vacancies next month.
LEICESTER — The fifth- and sixth-graders of Leicester Central School have been working hard on their Global-Eco Community Festival that will take place this Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the school. The public is invited to the event.
The Global-Eco Community Festival will highlight the dynamics of cultural and environmental diversity. The festival will help foster a greater awareness and appreciation for the diversity that exists throughout our world.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen heard at their Jan. 13 meeting from Mayor Bill Benton that he would like them later this year to consider a comprehensive recreation plan for the city.
The first step, said Benton in a Wednesday interview, will be to create a group to assess the city’s recreation inventory and needs and take another look at what residents would like to see offered.
ADDISON COUNTY — As lawmakers wrestle with education funding reform this winter, one idea that has gained some favor in Montpelier is ending “Small School Grants,” extra funding to smaller schools that helps them keep their doors open. Gov. Peter Shumlin, for one, made that recommendation in his Jan. 15 budget address.
In recent years the Legislature has tried to address what lawmakers see as cost inefficiencies in smaller schools by passing laws to encourage unification within and between school districts.