April 6th, 2015
VERGENNES — One hundred-forty-four respondents to a Vergennes recreation survey showed strong support overall for parks and recreation, picked music and “overall wellness” as their top priorities for programming, and backed creating a part-time recreation director position.
The Vergennes City Council plans to use the survey and feedback at upcoming public meetings to help it decide how to spend recreation funds, and how much to spend, when it sits down to create the city’s next annual budget.
ADDISON COUNTY — Dairy farmers in Addison County and across Vermont are weathering a significant decrease in the wholesale price of bulk milk, a trend that shows no sign of reversing.
And what a difference a year can make. The price per hundredweight of milk peaked last year in New England at more than $25, an all-time record. This month farmers expect to be paid about $16 per hundredweight, or cwt, a unit of measure that equals about 11 gallons.
MONKTON — The Monkton Central School board on Thursday evening warned for voter consideration a new spending proposal that shifts resources within the school without increasing the size of the budget.
The sum of the proposal, around $2.82 million, is $200 less than the version voters rejected on Town Meeting Day by a tally of 231 to 178.
If passed, the budget would represent a 9.3 percent spending increase over the present fiscal year. The new vote will be Tuesday, April 14.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents have been registering in decent numbers for medical insurance through Vermont Health Connect, but local officials remain concerned about the number of children who are falling through the cracks of the federal program.
FERRISBURGH — The Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh hopes to save $2,200 a year on electricity thanks to a wind turbine installed on the Botsford Road spread just west of Vergennes last month by Green Mountain Power.
Chuck Miller wrote about it in his 1956 song “bright red convertible”.
Prince wrote about it in “little red corvette” in 1986.
There’s just something alluring about a little red car that few can deny. It always catches the eye and makes both women and men swoon.
One such local beauty belongs to Rock MacIntyre of MacIntyre Fuels in Middlebury. “Her name is Elisabeth — or Betty,”MacIntyre says, “with the top down.”
MIDDLEBURY — More family is joining the Addison Press Inc. media company that publishes the Addison Independent and several other media entities.