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BRISTOL — The five elementary schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union this month created draft budgets for the 2015-2016 school year, giving residents the first idea of what they’ll be asked to approve on Town Meeting Day.
The district disclosed draft budgets for Bristol Elementary, Beeman Elementary, Robinson Elementary, Monkton Central and Lincoln Community schools last week.
Each school estimates a spending increase, and those hikes range from 3.9 to 9.8 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Chamber of Commerce announces that Yankee Farm Credit has opened its new office at 320 Exchange St., Middlebury. Yankee Farm Credit had been located elsewhere on Exchange Street since 1986. An open house for the public will be held at a later date in January.
Built by Bread Loaf Corp., a Middlebury-based planning, design, and construction services firm, the new 4,300-square-foot building features:
• Daylight harvesting with bi-level LED light fixtures and occupancy sensors.
MIDDLEBURY — There’s no need to travel far on New Year’s Eve, as Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater offers two completely different events to ring in 2015.
For those who want a rockin’ New Year’s Eve, THT presents local favorites the Doughboys, playing a mix of classic rock and Motown songs that’s perfect for dancing.
BRISTOL — The Watershed Center invites revelers of all ages to celebrate New Year’s Eve in downtown Bristol as the community marks the arrival of 2015 with Best Night, a gathering of friends, neighbors, and the region’s top performing artists.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems’ recent offer of $1.5 million in cash and other incentives to Cornwall if the town dropped its opposition to Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project signaled a change in tactics for the company as it tries to complete the three-phase pipeline project.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County now has one Chevrolet dealership.
On Dec. 12, Tom Denecker and partner Mike Capra, owners of Denecker Chevrolet in Ferrisburgh and Vergennes, completed their purchase of Middlebury’s Shea Motors, in a deal brokered by both dealerships’ parent company, General Motors.
Shea Motors owner Jerry Shea had been set to sell to a third party after 36 years on Route 7 south of Middlebury village, Denecker said, when GM exercised a standard right of first refusal and offered the same deal to Denecker and Capra.
MIDDLEBURY — Jerry Schwarz has just about seen it all during his almost 38 years as a public defender. He’s defended clients on charges ranging from petit larceny to murder, with just about every other offense in between. But the gregarious attorney with his trademark bushy gray beard and booming voice will retire from his post as Addison County public defender in order to live life more fully outside of the courtroom.
“I love the people and the work, but you can’t do it forever,” Schwarz said during a recent interview.
MIDDLEBURY — Sandy Jackson has always been a crafty person.
“My hands never stop making stuff,” she says. “I can’t stand to be idle for a minute.”
When she and her husband, Bruce Eichinger, went to Paris for three months back in 1996, she decided to put her craft skills to the test. She brought along a book called “Pop-up Geometric Origami” by Masahiro Chatani and determined she was going to take her greeting cards and decorations to the next level.