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January 21st, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch on Thursday reiterated his support of President Barack Obama’s newly proposed gun control initiatives, lamented Congress’s inability to pass a comprehensive farm bill and said friction between the major parties is as bad as he has seen it in his six years in Washington.
The Vermont Democrat, during an interview with the Addison Independent, discussed these and other issues, including the nation’s financial woes.
BRISTOL — Bristol residents last week got a look at an initial design for an expansion of the town’s aging firehouse. Residents on Town Meeting Day will vote on funding the creation of a final design plus purchase of a neighboring property on which to expand.
At the special selectboard meeting last Thursday in Holley Hall, architect Ashar Nelson gave a report on the feasibility of keeping the fire department at its present North Street location.
MIDDLEBURY — A little piece of Vermont will be rolling through President Barak Obama’s second inauguration this week.
A limited-edition wooden toy limousine produced by Middlebury’s Maple Landmark is being sold by the official inauguration committee to defray the costs of the week’s activities in Washington, D.C.
The six-inch-long wooden car with wheels that turn is painted black, gray and gold and features the inscription “57th Presidential Inauguration, January 21, 2013.” It also has a small American flag on the fender.
VERGENNES — Lt. Gov. Phil Scott knows what it means to have one’s life upended by a fire. A year ago a fire struck his business, DuBois Construction, in Middlesex.
In his keynote address at the Addison County Firefighters Association annual meeting at the Eagles Club in Vergennes last Wednesday evening, Scott shared his personal experience of the dedication and bravery of Vermont firefighters. He recounted the heroic efforts he witnessed as firefighters worked through the night and over the course of several days responding to flare-ups.
MIDDLEBURY — How does a historically poor neighborhood plagued by pollution ensure its right to clean air or access to green space? Is there a way to make a living and still follow a passion that will help individuals and the environment?
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) board has agreed to spend up to $15,000 in a renewed effort to hire a superintendent to start the job by this summer.
MIDDLEURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union superintendent will soon see a reduction in evening meetings, thanks to a new schedule endorsed by the ACSU board on Jan. 16.
The superintendent is currently accountable to nine boards, including one each representing the seven elementary schools within the ACSU, plus the UD-3 board that oversees Middlebury Union middle and high schools, and the ACSU board. This has made for a rigorous meeting schedule that ACSU directors acknowledge is hampering current efforts to recruit a new superintendent (see related story).
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School boys’ basketball team started and finished strong on Saturday, and it was enough to turn back visiting Mount Abraham, 52-37, and give the Otters two wins in two nights after an 0-8 start.
The Otters opened by dominating inside during an 18-3 run, but hard work and a switch in defensive tactics allowed the Eagles to claw their way back, and they trailed by just four at 4:50 in the final period.