January 16th, 2012
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School board last week approved a proposed $10,332,550 spending plan for 2012-13. That represents an increase of $233,918 or 2.32 percent over the current spending plan.
There was none of the drama of past year’s budget talks when the fate of two items in the budget — the alternative education Harvest Program and the school resource officer — were in question. For the record, both of those line items are intact.
ADDISON COUNTY — In late December, FairPoint Communications expanded broadband Internet service to 225 Granville homes and businesses.
The arrival of high-speed Internet in the town is a milestone for the company: Now all of Fairpoint’s Addison County exchanges have at least some broadband coverage, and nearly 90 percent of the company’s customers statewide have access to broadband Internet.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen agreed on Jan. 10 to increase the city’s financial contribution toward installing sprinklers in City Hall and the Vergennes Opera House to $35,000.
The increased contribution for the delayed project is up from an earlier estimated city share of $20,000 to $22,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Friday night’s anticipated match-up between the Middlebury College men’s hockey team and longtime rival Plattsburgh in the end turned out to be a mismatch.
Although the shot total at Kenyon Arena favored the visiting Cardinals by only 27-25, the Cardinals generated by far the better chances in dealing the Panthers their worst setback since 1993, a 7-0 loss. The Panthers dropped to 6-5-2, while Plattsburgh, ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, improved to 11-2-3.
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Middlebury College community and residents of Addison County will gather at several points on campus this week to celebrate the life and work of Nobel Peace Prize-winning civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday settled on an $8.97 million budget proposal to put before Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters in March. The plan would increase spending at VUHS by a little less than 2 percent — essentially back to the school’s 2007-2008 level.
Monday’s action followed a Jan. 3 meeting at which the VUHS board asked administrators to cut back their recommendation of a 2.47-percent hike to less than 2 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — For the next few weeks most Middlebury College students won’t be studying typical academic subjects like biochemistry or economics. Instead, they will learn about topics ranging from adventure writing to Motown.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — A group of federal, state and Middlebury representatives met on Tuesday to discuss the future of the East Middlebury stretch of the Middlebury River.
The meeting came in the wake of last August’s Tropical Storm Irene, after which the town of Middlebury put earthmoving equipment in the river and started dredging to repair damage and guard against future damage.