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February 23rd, 2015
The adoption process for the ID-4 (Mary Hogan School) budget is an excellent example of a non-problem which does not need to be fixed.
The Mary Hogan board presents the budget in detail at its annual meeting on the second Wednesday of April and the attending citizens adopt itby voice vote after as much discussion and amendment as necessary. All Middlebury voters may participate and a paper ballot may replace the voice vote if a few attendees request it.
Let’s not feel bad because we’re not going to have a pipeline to Ticonderoga and maybe won’t have one to Middlebury or Rutland either. International Paper did the right thing and I would hope Vermont officials will make a wise choice and perform as good stewards of our environment and economy as well.
A lot of the people at the hearing on Senate Bill 31 last Tuesday at the Statehouse seemed too happy from the start — and yes, I’m talking mostly about the “Orange People.”
Too happy, I thought, because this hearing was about the risks Vermonters can face from dangerous people with guns, whatever color they choose to wear.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh officials are hoping that a decision made at town meeting a year ago will pay off in better attendance at this year’s annual gathering — assuming that residents remember a change was made to its date.
Last March, residents voted overwhelmingly from the floor of town meeting — according to minutes there were “many yeses and a few noes” — to move the day of the gathering from the first Tuesday of March to the previous Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — Ask Boghos Taslakjian how he came to play the flute, and he becomes momentarily flustered. “It’s confusing, even for me,” says the 19-year-old Middlebury College sophomore from Syria.
That’s because Taslakjian has been a musician since before he can remember. According to what his mother says, he began his training on the recorder at age 4, because the flute was too large for him to handle; he graduated to the flute a year later, at the ripe old age of 5.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot will offer a race among four candidates — two incumbents and two newcomers — for three seats on the Vergennes City Council.
The race will not include Senior Alderman Randy Ouellette, who chose to step down after a decade.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members at their Feb. 10 meeting put in motion a plan to eliminate elected and unfilled town jobs they say are no longer needed — that of three auditors.
Doing so will require a change to the town charter that will in turn require approval by the Vermont Legislature, which can only come after two public hearings and a town-wide vote in Middlebury to be held on April 28.