March 5th, 2015
OPINION: I’ve seen an election or two in my almost 25 years covering Addison County. One of the exciting aspects of our annual Town Meeting Day coverage has been following who was challenging who for positions on local selectboards, school boards and city councils. Heck, the town of Lincoln always used to be good for a rousing race for town constable.
Unfortunately, that election-related suspense has waned considerably during the past 10 or so years. People just aren’t running for local offices the way they used to, and it’s a shame.
MIDDLEBURY — A seven-alarm fire at a home on Weybridge Street in Middlebury on Saturday evening had firefighters from all over Addison County working into Sunday morning to extinguish the blaze.
The Middlebury Fire Department received a call at 8 p.m. about a fire at a three-story building, located at 107 Weybridge St., used as an apartment by five Middlebury College students. All five escaped the fire unharmed.
ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in the northern half of Addison County rejected five school budgets in two supervisory unions on Tuesday evening, a sign that voters remain frustrated with the rising costs of education taxes.
Residents rejected spending plans for Vergennes Union High School and Ferrisburgh Central School in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, and three schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union: Mount Abraham Union High School, Monkton Central School and Bristol Elementary School.
WHITING — Town officials hoping for some sort of financial life preserver this year from the state for ailing municipal and/or school programs had better learn how to tread water.
That’s because local lawmakers on Monday served notice they are trying to erase a $112 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2016 state budget. And unlike past years, there is no federal stimulus money, nor better-than-anticipated tax revenues to close the gap.
ADDISON COUNTY — Tuesday was Town Meeting Day, where residents in each of Addison County's 23 municipalities and Brandon gathered to debate issues and vote for budgets and town officers. Below is our recap for each town.
FERRISBURGH — Residents of the Mile Point lakefront area in Ferrisburgh continue to fight on multiple fronts against what a recently installed 150-kilowatt solar array on a corner of Basin Harbor Club’s 700-acre property — in a case that could have statewide implications.
MIDDLEBURY — In a press conference at Middlebury College on Wednesday afternoon, men’s hockey coach Bill Beaney, one of the sport’s most successful program heads, announced he would step down from the team after 28 seasons.
He will remain with the college as the men’s golf coach, a physical education instructor, a teacher of a winter-term course, and what he called a mentor of other coaches in the Middlebury athletic department.
WHITING — Whiting saw two races go to paper ballots at its annual town meeting on Tuesday evening. After some discussion on the school director’s position, 24 residents present at the meeting cast ballots for Tara Trudo while 19 voted for incumbent Cady White. Trudo will serve a three-year term.
After several of those present left at the end of the school meeting, the 27 voters left got a choice for town moderator between incumbent Ellen Kurrelmeyer and Elizabeth Curran. They favored Curran by a tally of 14-13. Kurrelmeyer kept her position as school moderator.