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November 24th, 2010
Will Brandon continue to be part of the Addison senate district in 2012? This is probably the question with the greatest local impact as the process of redrawing Vermont’s legislative district lines for the next 10 years begins this winter.
NEW HAVEN — A sport that requires competitors to go on strict diets, follow intense exercise regimens and pose on stage in barely there beachwear — their bodies coated in oily cooking spray — may not be for everyone.
But 17-year-old Mount Abraham Union High School senior Paige Vincent of New Haven considers it her sport of choice.
Vincent recently switched from competing in bodybuilding to competing in figure competitions — a sport that she says is more “feminine.” While in the same division as bodybuilding, figure judges look more closely at the symmetry of the muscles in the body.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) has minted some new currency to promote downtown shopping, as well as the downtown itself.
The BMP has produced a new version of the “Middlebury Money,” checks that can be purchased in various denominations for transactions at local retail, dining and lodging establishments. Middlebury Money was first “minted” around 15 years ago. At its peak, approximately $27,000 worth of Middlebury money was sold in one year, sparking business for local merchants and service providers.
I hadn’t meant to wait so long to read “Tales from the Nam.”
“Tales from the Nam” is a first-hand look at the life of a “grunt” in the Vietnam War. It’s comprehensive and compelling, authentic, well researched, well remembered, and well recounted.
It was written by Dave Nicholson, my friend and basketball teammate from long ago at Middlebury (“Nick” to all who knew him then), and published in 2008.
Boards at the four Addison Northwest Supervisory Union schools are all making efforts to meet the Challenges for Change spending recommendations. Here’s what’s going on at each school:
Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Ed Webbley said VUHS must cut about $165,000 from the previous budget plus new costs to reach level funding. That goal could be reached because fewer aides will be needed next year and another “position or two” will be lost through attrition, he said.
“It would cost us quite a bit, but we would still have full programs,” he said.
MIDDLEBURY — “Challenges for Change” has largely been portrayed as an effort by the Douglas administration and the 2010 Legislature to save $38 million in state spending by making government programs more lean and efficient.
And while the new directive has sent many public entities scrambling to make deep cuts, a few enterprising nonprofits are poised to receive some budget increases for some innovative programs that could help the state save more money in the long run to meet the Challenges goal.
MIDDLEBURY — The turkeys are flying off the shelves at Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE’s) headquarters on Boardman Street, leaving officials concerned about being able to meet the demand of needy families this Thanksgiving and Christmas.
As of last Wednesday, 223 Addison County households had signed up for a turkey and related side dishes from the local poverty-fighting agency. HOPE has thus far ordered a total of 325 birds to cover special meals for qualifying families on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
VERGENNES — The five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns are headed toward another vote on one-board governance, almost certainly on Town Meeting Day this coming March.
Last Wednesday, the full ANwSU board met at Vergennes Union High School with the board subcommittee that this fall has been studying unification. The board then made a formal motion to approve what will be the fifth unification vote in six years.