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September 5th, 2013
It’s Tuesday morning, the day after Labor Day. Classes won’t start in earnest at Middlebury College for another six days. Today, however, is the first full day of activities for first-year students who arrived on campus yesterday. So here I am at a reception, carrying out my role as faculty member introducing myself to parents of these new students. I sip coffee and make conversation, sometimes asking questions, sometimes answering them, and sometimes just listening to nervous banter while trying to be reassuring and friendly.
MIDDLEBURY — Many members of the Middlebury College community, was well as environmentalists at large, are dismayed over the institution’s decision not to divest its nearly $1 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry.
BRISTOL — Action taken by the Bristol selectboard Monday evening will result in a small increase in the town tax rate — a very small increase.
The selectboard raised the rate by $0.0024, or less than a quarter of a penny. That amounts to $4.80 on a home valued at $200,000.
This was the second time this summer that the selectboard had to revise the tax rate. The original revision last month concerned a pending evaluation by the state on a Bristol property’s taxes, which was not a factor in the most recent revision, Town Clerk Therese Kirby said.
MIDDLEBURY — When Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) Superintendent Peter Burrows says he’s going to cycle through the district’s seven elementary schools to wish the students well on their first day of classes, he means it — literally.
MIDDLEBURY — State, federal and local officials converged on Middlebury on Thursday to celebrate the opening of Addison County’s newly built, $4.3-million public transportation hub.
CORNWALL — The Addison County Parent Child Center will hold its first annual Cornwall Cornchuck Tournament fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3-8 p.m. at the home of ACPCC board member Woody Jackson and his wife, Ingrid Jackson, in Cornwall.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials have given their preliminary nod to the sale of a small strip of town-owned land that would allow the Edgewater Gallery building at 1 Mill St. to expand to perhaps include a new restaurant.
VERGENNES — Repairs were under way in various sections of Vergennes Union High School as the school year began last Wednesday, and a series of heavy and unexpected rainstorms early last week wreaked havoc on several language classrooms.
“It overwhelmed the design of the temporary structure on the roof,” explained Co-principal Ed Webbley.
Webbley said he was unsure of the cost of the damage because VUHS is not responsible for the damage from the storm, which is covered by the construction company’s insurance.