April 5th, 2010
LINCOLN — School board officials in Lincoln last week warned a proposed 2010-2011 school year spending plan after a vote on the budget was put on hold at the town’s annual meeting in early March.
The new spending plan calls for $1,609,535 in expenditures. According to Addison Northeast Supervisory Union business manager, the educational spending in the budget is virtually unchanged from the $1.4 million figure presented to the town in early March.
ADDISON — Addison residents will join Vergennes voters in reconsidering the Town Meeting Day decision to approve changing governance of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union to a one-board system.
Addison residents voted, 197-138, or 59-41 percent, on March 2, in favor of one-board governance, which would replace the current eight-board system. Three of the current boards — the Vergennes, Panton and Waltham ID boards — are set to dissolve in July regardless.
ESSEX — With its bankruptcy case proceeding toward resolution, Fairpoint Communications is looking forward to leaving behind a troubled 2009 and emerging with new service-delivery models for 2010.
Among the company’s new strategies will be a move away from wireless, tower-based Internet delivery for rural parts of Essex and toward using its wireline-based fiber network to serve the town.
MIDDLEBURY — State and local police officials offered few details on the reasons behind a stepped-up security presence at Gov. James Douglas’s property off South Munger Street late last week.
Neighbors and passersby noted, at one point on Thursday, three Vermont State Police cruisers and one Middlebury police vehicle near the governor’s home.
Sgt. Tara Thomas, spokeswoman for the VSP, said the security crackdown was related to recent threats made to governors throughout the nation.
MIDDLEBURY — The owners of The Centre plaza on Route 7 south confirmed last week that a Supercuts hair styling business will occupy a space in the shopping complex later this spring.
“I would expect them to open in around three months,” said Chris Hunt of Myron Hunt Inc., the company that owns The Centre.
The space in question is around 1,500 square feet and was previously occupied by a liquor store, according to Hunt.
When Vermont Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca released a report last week calling for cuts of $61 million out of the $1.5 billion annual education budget to help balance the budget in fiscal year 2011, you might have missed the political sleight of hand.
It went like this:
In the race to balance the estimated $150 million 2011 budget shortfall, the governor and company targeted a political issue that plays well to supporters: School spending and the desire to reduce school taxes.
NEW HAVEN — Tyler McGuire set about an adventure to build his own airplane in exactly the manner one might expect a 20-year-old college student to do: He jumped in headfirst.
The New Haven resident was holed up at college in Florida with his friend Abe Nehemias when the two aerospace engineering students considered the notion to build a functional airplane from a partially manufactured kit.
MIDDLEBURY — The Holm family is trying to partner with an out-of-state firm to re-energize plans for a small hydroelectric project at the Otter Creek falls in downtown Middlebury.
It was last summer that the Holms announced they were pulling the plug on their efforts to install a water turbine near the falls, a project they maintained could generate around 5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.