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January 22nd, 2015
BRANDON — Statewide education funding reform can’t come soon enough for Otter Valley Union High School. Despite the fact that the OV board approved a proposed budget this month with a modest 1.83 percent spending increase, the union Homestead tax rate will increase by roughly 7 cents, or 4.6 percent.
The board on Jan. 7 approved a $10,718,131 spending plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, a $192,414 increase over the current spending plan.
BRISTOL — Local residents have until Monday to file the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for town offices or school boards, but ballots in each of the five towns that comprise the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union are already shaping up.
Anyone who wishes to run for a town or school office must submit a nominating petition at their town office by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26. Signatures from 1 percent of registered voters are required.
Voters will head to the polls on Town Meeting Day, March 3, to choose their representatives.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Two Brothers Tavern offers a cure for the winter blues just inside its entrance: Leafy green shoots sprout from a six-foot-tall column, and the soothing sound of running water fills the space between the front door and the restaurant’s dining room and bar.
VERGENNES — The exceedingly fresh and new Bixby Library Computer Club in Vergennes will present “Exploring the Magic of Digital Radios” at its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The club has invited UTC electrical engineer Scott Fusare to present the history of hardware radios. The presentation will be held in the library’s Community from 3:30-5:30 p.m. A group hacking of Scott’s software-defined radio will follow the presentation.
ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau have organized a series of breakfasts and lunches at which local lawmakers and residents can discuss what is going on in Montpelier during the legislative session.
The 2015 Legislative Breakfast series will debut on Monday, Feb. 2, and include a March 23 luncheon with Gov. Peter Shumlin.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Development Review Board will on Feb. 2 get its first look at a scaled-down version of a preschool playground proposed for a small, city-owned parcel next to the Vergennes city pool.
Vergennes aldermen voted in December to reduce the playground’s footprint on the 0.3-acre East Street lot by about 40 percent after neighbors and some other city residents complained about its location, impact on the area and $42,000 cost in the face of other priorities.
BRANDON — The chair of the Brandon selectboard abruptly resigned this on Jan. 12, and her board postponed approval of a preliminary budget to send to voters.
Maria Ammatuna, in a letter read publicly by Brandon selectboard Vice Chair Dave Atherton, cited critical health concerns as the reason for her sudden resignation.
RIPTON — The Ripton selectboard next week will decide how the community will fill its town clerk and treasurer positions following the tragic death of Sally Hoyler, who had held those posts for the past decade.
Hoyler, 59, had reported not feeling well last fall and visited a physician’s office just prior to Thanksgiving. That visit and subsequent hospital tests yielded the bad news: Hoyler had an advanced form of cancer. She understandably took leave of her town clerk/treasurer responsibilities but gave as much help as she could from home.