February 23rd, 2017
ADDISON COUNTY — Trust is perhaps nowhere more tangible than watching musicians perform together. Sure, the musicians trust their fingers to play the right notes and their voices to harmonize in tune, but it’s the trust between the musicians that’s something special. A quick glance, a knowing nod, a lean — these are the almost imperceptible moments when musicians are communicating and trusting that the others understand.
MIDDLEBURY — An impending merger between Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) and Randolph’s Stagecoach Transportation Services won’t affect current local bus routes, but it is expected to pay substantial future dividends for the county’s public transportation company and the people it employs and serves.
NEW HAVEN — After a tumultuous year in which the New Haven selectboard led the community decision-making process on the multimillion-dollar Vermont Green Line proposal and then negotiated a formal agreement, New Haven residents must choose between two new faces for the selectboard seat currently held by Doug Tolles.
Taborri Bruhl and Jon D. Christiano are competing for Tolles’ three-year seat.
Voting will take place on Town Meeting Day, March 7.
The lies and deliberate untruths told by Trump continue to pile up by the day. One count has listed 132 false statements and positions the president has made (and maintained) in his first 30 days; by Day 100, it will be almost 400. Something that, in America, had heretofore been inconceivable. In the past, our presidents did not so overtly lie to the people. Truth and honesty had always been fundamental to public support. Not with Trump.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest School District board members and administrators will discuss their roughly $21.1 million unified budget proposal for the 2017-2018 academic year at the board’s annual meeting next Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Vergennes Union High School library.
On Town Meeting Day voters in Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham will vote for the first time on a unified ANSWD budget to cover operations for all four ANWSD schools and their central office, and the district’s share of Hannaford Career Center costs.
BRANDON — While the proposed Brandon town budget includes a modest overall spending increase, voter approval would mean a lower tax rate.
That’s because there is $50,000 less allocated for paving under a special appropriation on the warning than there was in the current town budget.
A citizen movement called “Yes California” is trying to collect the 585,000 signatures (3 percent of the state’s registered voters) needed to put a referendum question on the November 2018 California ballot to repeal the provision in that state’s constitution that “California is an inseparable part of the United States of America.”