March 4th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — A local businessman is seeking permission to acquire the soon-to-be-former Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA) headquarters at 19 Elm St. and convert it into a floor covering store and carpet-cleaning business.
The Middlebury Development Review Board on March 8 will formally hear David Babcock’s business plan for the property, which includes a 2,100-square-foot main building and a cupola-adorned carriage barn.
One of Sen. Patrick Leahy’s principal responsibilities as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee is to shepherd President Obama’s nominees to the federal judiciary through the committee and on to favorable confirmation votes by the full Senate.
VERGENNES — Residents in four of the communities that Bixby Free Memorial Library serves agreed on Tuesday to make substantial increases in their towns’ yearly contributions to the Vergennes library, the first time towns have upped their annual ante since 2002.
In all, Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham will add about $17,600 to their annual contributions during their upcoming fiscal year, to a total of about $51,200.
You gotta love Town Meeting.
Even if 90 percent of the discussion is about budget numbers that are as dry as a speech by Gov. James Douglas, there’s a certain Kabuki-like quality to the charmingly ornate process of gathering to discuss the town’s business.
And speaking of Gov. Douglas, he was again absent from his role as moderator, out of Vermont on state business. He’s now missed one-third of the town meetings going back to 2005, but Douglas ran again this year for the town moderator spot. It’s apparently the one office to which he knows he can still get re-elected.
VERGENNES — The future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and the state’s budget crunch continue to dominate the Vermont Legislature’s agenda, local lawmakers announced as they began their weeklong break on Monday for town meetings.
On Town Meeting Day 2010, Orwell residents gathered at the town hall to vote on the town and school budgets, a bond for school heating system repairs, several contested elections for town positions and a new town truck.
The Independent was there to capture some shots of the day, and to hear town select board member Carla Ochs and a number of other town residents weigh in on the day's significance.
Addison County Independent: Breaking News
ADDISON COUNTY — Join Addison Independent reporters online tonight for live coverage of Town Meeting Day 2010.
We'll be collecting town meeting results from around the county, and we'd love for you to join us in our first-ever online chat as we discuss the issues on the ballot in your town. To participate in the live chat, visit www.addisonindependent.com between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight, March 2, and click on the chat in the upper right corner of the Web site.
You can also visit the Web site any time today to set up an e-mail reminder for the event.
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MIDDLEBURY — Skihaus is back.
Long-time employees of the Alpine Shop, Barb Nelson and Anna Boisvert, closed on the purchase of the prominent Main Street business last Friday morning and by mid-afternoon sold their first items under their new name: Skihaus of Vermont.