March 4th, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County voters on Town Meeting Day followed a statewide trend in endorsing the vast majority of their 2010-2011 local school budgets, with Bridport standing out as the lone education spending plan to fall at the polls.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents at their town meeting on Monday resoundingly approved their municipal budget, then went to the polls the next day to elect a new selectman and eliminate the community’s machinery and equipment (M&E) tax over the course of the next six years.
BRANDON — Voters in Brandon overwhelmingly approved a $395,000 bond for a new police station, and they approved all other items on their Town Meeting Day warning, as well.
The town budget, the Neshobe School budget and 13 other articles on the ballot were all given the green light by the Brandon voting public.
Officials said 888 Brandon residents turned out to vote on Town Meeting Day, which is roughly 45 percent of those on the town checklist.
Of the town meeting votes in Addison County this year, the most dramatic was the overwhelming decision among five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns to unify their schools under one overarching school governance board. The vote, which was the third in the past few years, passed with 63 percent in favor and 37 percent opposed.
MIDDLEBURY — Early on Saturday morning, the second large earthquake to rock the Western Hemisphere in as many months hit just off the coast of Chile.
Here in Middlebury, the time was 1:34 a.m. For some, the remainder of the night became sleepless.
“I got a phone call on Saturday morning at 4 a.m.,” said Jeff Cason, the Dean of International Studies at Middlebury College.
Planning commission members in Bristol drew a line in the sand with their revised town plan, and voters boldly stepped over it.
By rejecting the town plan and the gravel extraction zoning ordinance by almost a 2-1 margin, town residents finally got their say on an issue that has dominated discussion for the past four years. The vote totals tell the story: Bristol residents voted 598-364 against the proposed town plan, and 627-349 against the gravel extraction zoning ordinance. That is overwhelming.
MIDDLEBURY — Voters in the UD-3 school district on Feb. 23 agreed to spend $400,000 in a budget fund balance on various capital improvements to the Middlebury Union high school and middle school campuses, including replacing the Doc Collins football field lights.
Could there be an easier job right now than writing for the “Daily Show with John Stewart”? The actual words spoken by the players and pundits in Washington need no embellishing to reach the level of satire. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I listen to them. If you are of a certain age you will remember the great 1976 film “Network,” in which the main character, a newscaster, implores his viewers to open their windows, stick out their heads and yell, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”