MIDDLEBURY — UD-3 school directors are poised to approve a draft 2013-2014 budget for Middlebury Union middle and high schools that reflects a 2.71-percent increase in spending, but officials don’t want to approve the plan until they receive more solid state aid information from Montpelier.
“I think bringing (the budget) in below 3 percent still allows us to maintain our programs,” said Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Gail Conley.
WATERBURY (AP) — Police say they have received reports of suspicious people posing as representatives of the Vermont Department of Children and Families (DCF).
State Police spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro said a woman and two men showed up at a Sunderland residence this past Monday, Dec. 3, and told a grandmother that a child’s parents were under investigation by “child protective services.”
BRISTOL — The intersection in front of Holley Hall in downtown Bristol will likely get a bit of a makeover to fix what the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) says are safety issues.
The Bristol selectboard heard two alternative designs for the intersection presented by VTrans and Stantec Consulting at the board’s Monday, Dec. 3, meeting.
GOSHEN — Town officials in Goshen have approved a three-year gravel removal project on property located on Route 73.
The Goshen Zoning Board of Adjustment granted a conditional use permit for mineral extraction to property owners John Sherry, William Tessier and Clifford Bauman to mine roughly 100,000 cubic yards of gravel from their property located on the south side of Route 73, approximately 1,200 feet east of the intersection of Route 73 and Hathaway Road.
MIDDLEBURY — Three days a week, Middlebury resident Arnold Highfield makes the grueling trek to the dialysis center in Burlington where he watches his blood flow through a series of tubes into a machine where it is cleansed and returned to his body. He hopes to soon get a new kidney but in the meantime, he is not feeling sorry for himself.
WEYBRIDGE — Town officials in Weybridge have hired a certified public accountant to do an independent audit of the town’s books in view of former Town Clerk/Treasurer Karen Brisson’s admission last month that she had embezzled municipal funds.
Weybridge Selectwoman Gale Hurd said the selectboard has hired Tom Telling, CPA, to conduct the audit, a process that was set to begin late last week following the receipt of cancelled checks from the bank. The financial audit is expected to last four to six weeks, according to Hurd.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police last Tuesday arrested a Cornwall man at his home and charged him with aggravated sexual assault on a child younger than 10 years old in connection with an incident at a Vergennes business earlier that day.
Michael S. Wedge, 29, was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility that night for lack of $25,000 bail. The next day he pleaded not guilty in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, and was jailed without bail. Wedge could face a sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a fine up to $50,000 if found guilty.
BRISTOL — He is best known around town as the owner of Green Mountain Renewable Energy, but Bristol resident Peter Cassels-Brown has worn many hats. He has been a carpenter since the 1970s and has a graduate degree in meditation.
Now, he can add another occupation to the list — author.