November 1st, 2012
MONTPELIER — The Search and Rescue Strategic Plan Development Committee has completed its work, approving recommendations and proposed statutory changes to be presented to the upcoming Legislative session. Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, and former state police search and rescue team leader Jocelyn Stohl abstained from the vote taken at the Committee’s fourth and final meeting in Montpelier Oct. 24.
VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns on Tuesday will decide whether to support a $6.5 million bond that will fund repairs and major upgrades to Vergennes Union High School.
The biggest ticket items are improvements to the school’s auditorium, installation of a track and an artificial turf playing field, upgrades to the kitchen and cafeteria, and roof repairs to several areas of the building.
MIDDLEBURY — Former Ripton resident and Middlebury College graduate Randy Brock has worked to influence state policy as the Vermont Auditor of Accounts and as a state senator.
Now he wants to become Vermont’s chief executive. To that end, the Swanton Republican is taking on incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Putney, on Nov. 6.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Nov. 6 ballot will feature three contested Vermont House races, a three-way runoff for the county’s two seats in the state Senate and a bevy of statewide and federal races that is, of course, headlined by the showdown for the presidency of the United States.
BRISTOL — After eight years of debate, discussion and discord, the Bristol Town Plan will be on the ballot and back in the voters’ hands on Election Day, Nov. 6. The Bristol Planning Commission and the Bristol selectboard, which added 42 changes to the draft given to them by the planning commission based on input from public hearings, unanimously approved the latest version.
MIDDLEBURY — Making noise late at night in Middlebury can earn you a visit from the local constabulary.
FERRISBURGH — Members of the Ferrisburgh selectboard said at its Oct. 2 meeting that they plan to shut down and seal up the town-owned Union Meeting Hall for the winter. At some point, officials might survey residents asking what the town should do with the prominent building across Route 7 from the former town office building.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of Addison County Democrats is logging some substantial travel miles to make New Hampshire a little bluer in advance of the Nov. 6 general election, hoping to deliver what some see as a toss-up state into the column of President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.