April 28th, 2014
BRANDON — Voters OK’d a revised Neshobe Elementary School budget in an April 22 re-vote, by a tally of 458-276.
Around 60 percent of those who showed up at the polls this past Tuesday favored the spending plan, which was defeated March 4 (638-576); but only a little more than half as many people cast ballots compared with the Town Meeting Day election.
The $5,321,670 spending plan contained a 1.36 percent increase in expenditures over the current budget and will raise the local school tax rate by 1 cent, from $0.69 to $0.70.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont may not be much of a hotbed for jazz culture, but saxophonist and trumpeter Miles Donahue hopes to change that. His annual concerts at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts for the past nine years have brought talented musicians from the United States and beyond.
He’s at it again this Friday evening, when the Miles Donahue Quintet will play a variety of jazz standards and originals. The Middlebury resident is looking for a big turnout.
BRISTOL — Recycled Reading of Vermont is moving to a larger space in Bristol’s downtown, and will expand its operation.
The store, which sells used books, CDs, DVDs and musical instruments, isn’t moving far — in fact, the new space is just across the street from its current location at 25 Main Street. The store will occupy the space that used to house Better Planet.
Owner Melissa Hernandez, who opened the store in 2011, said things were starting to feel crowded in her shop, so she went looking for a new home for her business.
MIDDLEBURY — Chuck Burkins and Lars Hubbard met 17 years ago and began brewing beer together as a hobby. Next month, they hope to roll out their first barrel of whiskey at their new distillery in Middlebury.
“Distilling is something that’s fun, and we love things that taste good,” Hubbard said. “There’s chemistry involved. We had to do a lot of MacGyvering to make things work.”
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on April 22 heard good budget news from City Manager Mel Hawley on two fronts, annual spending and the city’s new police station.
Hawley said despite what he called a rough winter, Vergennes Public Works Department spending is under budget — even its $50,000 line item for sand and salt, which has $9,000 remaining.
“I think we’re in good shape,” he said. “That’s not the sort of story you hear from other municipalities.”
NEW HAVEN — In a rural region like Addison County, nearly everyone, even people not involved in agricultural businesses, sees a farm almost every day. Not surprisingly, many people develop an interest in getting their hands in the soil and taking part in agriculture at the level of the home garden.
BRISTOL — The Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy this week announced they have completed the first phase of the Bristol Gateway Conservation Project. The two organizations had been working with the community on the project for many years and recently completed a successful local fundraising campaign. Now the 346-acre Farr property — comprising farmland, forest, and a natural area — is protected from future development.
The second phase of the project, the conservation of the adjacent Fuller farm, will be completed in early summer.