November 28th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Dec. 6 will begin paring back the first draft of a 2012-2013 municipal budget that would require a 3.4-cent increase in the local tax rate in order to maintain existing services and capital improvement priorities.
The draft $8,504,690 spending plan, reviewed by the selectboard for the first time at a meeting last Tuesday, represents a $230,825 increase compared to this year’s municipal budget. One penny on Middlebury’s tax rate raises roughly $72,000.
FERRISBURGH — Car dealer Tom Denecker recently abandoned a two-year effort to persuade Vergennes to extend a city sewer line a few hundred feet across Route 7 to his Ferrisburgh auto dealership.
It is the latest in a series of episodes in which city officials have weighed the impact of new Ferrisburgh hook-ons to the city sewer system vs. increased revenue the city could secure.
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to taking a first look at next year’s municipal budget draft, the Middlebury selectboard at its Nov. 22 meeting also:
MIDDLEBURY — Despite outshooting both opponents, the Middlebury College men’s hockey team this past weekend in the Primelink Great Northern Shootout in Kenyon Arena settled for a loss and a tie against a pair of opponents who entered the tournament ranked in the top-10 in NCAA Division III.
On Friday, No. 10 Elmira edged the No. 11 Panthers, 3-2, and in Saturday’s consolation game the Panthers and No. 6 Plattsburgh skated to a 0-0 tie.
The slogan, “we are the 99.9 percent,” is certainly catchy, but how does it help define the Occupy Wall Street movement? Or better yet, what does define the movement?
MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia Hannaford Career Center (PHCC) board on Dec. 14 will consider a 2012-2013 budget that reflects a 2.41-percent spending increase and the proposed elimination of two courses.
The budget as laid out by administrators recommends spending of $3,424,116 next year, representing an $80,733 boost compared to this year’s spending plan. The PHCC offers technical, workplace and continuing education to secondary school-age students in the Addison Central, Addison Northeast and Addison Northwest supervisory unions.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on funding of town reconstruction efforts after Tropical Storm Irene.
By ANDREW STEIN
MIDDLEBURY — Upon entering the Middlebury Union High School basement classroom after the final tones signaling the end of the school day, high school students, Middlebury College undergrads and Middlebury resident Lisa Bernardin are taking their pulses. These students are about to become stress and psychology myth-busters who launch into a discussion on homeostasis, graying hair and acne.
The neurological banter filling the room is inquisitive, introspective and impressive. Their topic: The human brain.