October 3rd, 2013
PANTON — When Panton homeowners opened their tax bills late this summer, they found an unwelcome surprise: a school-tax hike of almost 18 cents.
That sharp increase — although it represented basically Panton’s first since 2009 — has sparked reaction by residents and town officials alike, including a Sept. 24 selectboard meeting that was better attended than Panton’s town meeting.
Residents are upset with the pace of education funding reform, which was an issue in Montpelier even before Act 60 became law in the late 1990s.
MIDDLEBURY — Construction has hit a fever pitch on Vermont Hard Cider’s new, 100,000-square-foot headquarters off Middlebury’s Exchange Street, leaving company officials confident the new facility — to feature new office, manufacturing and warehouse space along with a visitors’ center — will be completed as scheduled by next spring or early summer.
“The work has been steady; there have been no real setbacks,” said Nate Formalarie, spokesman for Vermont Hard Cider (VHC).
BRISTOL — The Bristol Fire Facility Site Selection Committee has narrowed the list of sites it is examining for a new fire station to six.
But members of the committee don’t expect to make enough progress toward finding a suitable site to present it to the Bristol selectboard in time to get the issue before voters next Town Meeting Day.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union on Oct. 16 will debut a new meeting schedule that will unite all seven of the district’s elementary boards for a single monthly gathering, rather than the multiple meetings school officials and ACSU Superintendent Peter Burrows now have to attend each month.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School directors want the Middlebury selectboard to further define its plans for a recreation facility on ID-4 school district grounds before they’ll give their required blessing for such a facility to be built.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday formally endorsed the concept of a concrete tunnel to replace the Main Street and Merchants Row railroad underpasses and agreed to retain Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. to take the project through the engineering phase.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents will have an opportunity to bask in their state’s greatness during the upcoming airing of “Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie,” a six-segment film that pays homage to the Green Mountain State’s compelling history of patriotism, inventiveness, independence, creativity and environmentalism.
The film represents the combined work of more than 30 Vermont filmmakers — including Addison County residents Jill Vickers and Katherine Wheatley — and showcases some local places, people and things.
BRIDPORT — Each year the Bridport Grange raises money to purchase dictionaries for every third grader in the Addison Central Supervisory Union. The Grange will hold a chicken pie dinner fundraiser to benefit the Words for Thirds Project on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 5-7 p.m., at the Grange hall, 3015 Route 22A.