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January 6th, 2014
The Top 10 catalogs what the news staff of the Addison Independent chose as the most important stories of 2013, but readers have their own opinions about what interested them most last year. To get one indication of that, we look at the top 10 stories on our website. Here are the headlines for the most-read stories of 2013 on addisonindependent.com, with their page views according to Google Analytics (note: This does not include a period in May when analysis was not working).
MIDDLEBURY — In a stunning and unexpected move, Middlebury selectboard Vice Chairman Victor Nuovo resigned from his position on Jan. 2, the same day on which he and his colleagues were slated to discuss a conflict of interest complaint that had been lodged against him by a group of local citizens.
BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union expects to save district administrators’ time and increase efficiency by hiring a third-party business to manage substitute teachers in the Bristol-area schools, but some current and former substitutes have expressed concern about the plan’s effectiveness.
The district has hired Kelly Services, a company that specializes in temporary staffing nationwide. The new contract will begin in February.
ANeSU Superintendent David Adams said the new service will bring more substitutes into the district.
ADDISON — The Addison Central School board on Thursday moved closer to adopting a 2014-2015 budget that would not trigger a tax increase if residents support it in March, but would mean the loss of one full-time teacher and the school’s part-time math instructor.
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon said the impact of that roughly $1.517 million spending plan on the town’s school tax rate would be a drop of about a half-cent.
MIDDLEBURY — Merry Mulch 2014 has been postponed for one week due to the extreme cold. The annual pick-up of Christmas trees, conducted each year by the Rotary Club of Middlebury and Casella Waste Systems, will now be done Saturday, Jan. 11, starting at 8 a.m.
Middlebury residents are reminded to put their cut trees at the roadside, making sure there is nothing metal attached to the trees since they will be mulched for compost. No wreaths, please.
Looking back on 2013, the staff of the Addison Independent found that it was particularly busy covering news on the proposed natural gas pipeline through the county and on the proposed new town office and town gym. Those two stories grabbed plenty of headlines, but there were logs of other important stories, too. Read our roundup of the top 10 stories of the year just passed, as well as some of the others that caught our eye.
LINCOLN — The Lincoln School Board Thursday accepted the resignation of its chair at a special meeting convened for that purpose. Henry Wilmer, who has served on the board for five years, said he is stepping down for health reasons.
Board vice chair Jen Oldham praised Wilmer’s tenure on the board.
BRISTOL — Lawrence Memorial Library is seeking a new board member, librarian Nancy Wilson said.
The vacancy was created by the recent resignation of Linda Havey, who moved to Monkton. Board members must be residents of Bristol. The board has five members, each of whom serve three-year terms.