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April 11th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Wednesday, April 13, will vote on a proposed 2011-2012 Mary Hogan Elementary School spending plan of $5,899,867, representing a 2.22-percent increase compared to this year. The vote will take place at the school district annual meeting slated to being at 7:30 p.m. in the school gym.
The proposed budget maintains current staffing levels, does not add any new programs and recognizes an enrollment increase of 10 students (for a total of 400), according to Mary Hogan Elementary School Co-principal Tom Buzzell.
BURLINGTON — A couple Fridays ago, veteran chef James Bachand of New Haven received a last minute request to whip up a delicious meal on short notice. While that’s not unusual for a professional like Bachand with more than three decades of experience in the kitchen, this request came with a twist.
This meal would be judged against dishes prepared by other professional chefs as part of a competition at an Iron Chef competition at the Reinhart Food Service annual trade show in Burlington.
ADDISON COUNTY — A group of well-published poets will rattle off a series of fresh poems at the New Haven Community Library this Thursday at 7 p.m. in celebration of national poetry month.
The Spring Street Poets, who perform in public only three to four times a year, is comprised of seven Addison County writers: Janet Fancher and Mary Pratt of New Haven, and Middlebury residents Jennifer Bates, Abigail Carroll, Karin Gottshall, Ray Hudson and group founder David Weinstock.
NEW HAVEN — When a group of churchgoers met at the United Reformed Church of New Haven on Feb. 1, they discovered that kerosene had sullied their place of worship. Approximately 800 gallons of the fuel burst from a storage tank in the church’s attic, dousing rooms in thick, toxic petroleum, and shutting the building down for services.
Two months later they are still dealing with the spill.
NEW YORK — A team of 97 Mount Abraham Union High School students rocked a nationwide music competition in New York City early this month, achieving top awards. Mount Abraham was the only school representing Vermont in the New York Heritage Music Festival, which drew 13 schools from states as far away as Virginia, Texas and California.
MIDDLEBURY — Waterfront Video in May will end what has been a 13-year run in Middlebury’s Marble Works complex.
Waterfront Manager Adrienne Perry cited building issues and a changing movie rental industry as the primary reasons for the business’s decision to vacate the roughly 2,200-square-foot spot it has been occupying since the summer of 1998.
Waterfront will continue to operate its flagship store in Burlington.
The Bristol Planning Commission’s 4-3 vote last Tuesday to temporarily allow gravel extraction in the town’s conservation districts is a slap in the face of town voters who, just four weeks previously on Town Meeting Day had rejected gravel extraction in conservation districts by 69 percent to 31 percent. That’s no small margin, and yet four members voted to reject that public sentiment based on seriously flawed reasoning.
Editor’s note: Our guest columnist this week, Ilaria Brancoli Busdraghi, teaches Italian at Middlebury College and sits on the board of directors of the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op. Hailing from Italy, where the Slow Food Movement originated, Ilaria cooks with her family and friends.