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January 2nd, 2012
VERGENNES — At the suggestion of two residents who sit on other city boards, Vergennes aldermen on Dec. 20 agreed to consider at a future meeting adopting a formal conflict of interest policy.
The recommendation came from school board member Cheryl Brinkman and planner Alex McGuire, who asked aldermen to either consider adopting a conflict of interest policy or ordinance, or give residents the option of adopting one on Town Meeting Day.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School students have routinely taken on community service projects around this time of year. True to form, several classes took up various charitable causes that were complemented with fund drives.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Thursday suffered its first loss, 2-0, to Lake Placid in the final of the Duke Nelson/Wendy Forbes Memorial Tournament, which the Tigers hosted at Middlebury College’s Kenyon Arena.
The 5-1 Tigers earned the berth in the final with a 5-3 victory over Brattleboro on Wednesday.
Here’s a resolution we can all aspire to: Of all the resolutions each of us should try to articulate and follow throughout the year, pick two (one just doesn’t cut it) and stick with them.
But which ones? Here’s a partial list to get you started. Add your own and then get down to business.
BRANDON — Although photographer Neal White is best known for his black and white silver gelatin prints, he says he wouldn’t go back to film photography for all the tea in China. Digital photography, he says, is just far superior.
“It’s the greatest thing that’s happened to photography since its invention,” the Brandon resident said in a recent interview.
December 29th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Kate Gridley is accustomed to toiling many hours in her studio to produce some of the most stunning and realistic portraits you will ever lay your eyes upon.
It is usually a solitary endeavor, but Gridley these days has a dozen sets of eyes — of her own creation — that are following her every move. Those eyes are peering our from the portraits of 12 young men and women that Gridley is painting as part of a new exhibit titled, “Twelve: Oil Portraits of Emerging Adults.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Jan. 17 will be asked to comment on a proposed 2012-2013 municipal spending plan of $8,417,735, representing an increase of 1.74 percent ($148,370) that would require a 1.8-cent bump in the local property tax rate.
The Middlebury selectboard recently approved the budget for public hearing after agreeing on a combined total of $116,443 in cuts and revenue adjustments since November, when they first began cobbling together a fiscal year 2013 spending plan.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury resident Heather Smith wondered if something was amiss when she saw police cruisers pull into the parking lot in front of her John Graham Court home on Christmas Day.
Smith became even more perplexed when she heard one of the officers ask a neighbor where he could find her son, Logan. Logan isn’t quite old enough yet to attend classes at Mary Hogan Elementary School, so Smith knew it was quite unlikely he had run afoul of the law.