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February 9th, 2012
OK, OK. We’d had numerous people stop and ask various members of the Addison Independentstaff about the new décor on our southern-facing roof.
We put up two banks of solar panels on our roof late this fall, and they’ve generated a lot more interest than I might have expected. So, here’s the story:
We’d had a slow leak in our roof this past fall, ruining a ceiling tile or two, and causing us to push the photocopier off to the side for a couple days. Nothing major, but something to fix.
Since moving into our old farmhouse five years ago, Mark and I knew we’d eventually like to make some improvements. With a combination of indecision, insufficient funds and outright hostile disagreement, however, we’ve never gotten around to any renovations. But this winter’s oddly pleasant weather has given us the opportunity.
Updated 2/7/12, 3pm
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police on Monday evening cited Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Edwin Webbley for driving under the influence of alcohol, an action taken after VSP received a call from his wife at their Bristol home and were told Webbley’s car had struck the back of their garage.
According to a VSP press release, Webbley’s wife, Carrie Askren, told VSP at about 6:50 p.m. on Monday that Webbley was “intoxicated and that he was a danger to himself and others.”
MONTPELIER — Vermont lawmakers are working on legislation that aims to bolster Vermont’s economy while retaining the hallmarks of its rural landscape.
The main focus in both the House and Senate agriculture committees so far this session has been the Working Lands Enterprise Bill, which seeks to bolster the agriculture, forestry and value-added food processing business sectors in the state.
BRISTOL — Three candidates will vie for two seats on the Bristol selectboard in Town Meeting Day voting on March 6.
While current selectboard Chair Joel Bouvier is running uncontested for his second three-year term, incumbent Sharon Compagna, running for her a two-year term, will face competition from Tim Heffernan.
Compagna has been on the board since 2007, when she was appointed to take the spot of her husband, Armand, who died that year. She won election to that seat on Town Meeting Day that year, and again in 2008 and 2010
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen recently approved a city warning for March 6 balloting that includes articles that, if approved, would change the number of signatures petitioners would need to challenge elections, increase the base amount of money in a fund that supports recreation programs, and no longer require city officials to mail an annual report to all addresses.
Those topics are also warned for discussion at the annual city meeting on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vergennes Opera House.
MIDDLEBURY — The search for a new Addison Central Supervisory Union superintendent will kick into high gear this week, as a screening committee this Thursday will identify applicants it deems worthy for interviews in anticipation of recommending two or three finalists to the ACSU board next month.
It’s a process expected to culminate in the ACSU board’s selection of a new superintendent on March 14, after the finalists have toured district schools and met with local students, parents, teachers and administrators.
MIDDLEBURY — A bout of gastroenteritis, commonly known as stomach flu, has swept through Middlebury College and the surrounding community over the past two weeks.
Students were first advised about the flu in an email to all students, faculty and staff on Jan. 22.