February 13th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — Existential questions make us do funny things: Some buy candy-apple-red convertibles; others die their hair and head to Los Vegas. Carolee Ploof, did neither. Instead, she opened her own flower shop, Middlebury Floral and Gifts.
“At the end of the day,” Ploof asked herself six years ago, “what have I really accomplished?”
Well, a lot actually; let’s review:
MONKTON — Monkton residents looking ahead to March town meeting will be encouraged to know that a familiar face will be back at the helm.
Ken Wheeling, Monkton town moderator for 40 years before missing the 2016 meeting, will return to the front of the Monkton Central School gym to lead the meeting.
BRISTOL — Mountain Health Center in Bristol is offering additional services to the community thanks to the addition of three new doctors, a nurse practitioner and a dental hygienist.
One of the doctors, Frank Provato, and the nurse practitioner, Jessica Lindert, are providing internal medicine and adult psychiatric services, respectively, in the health center. The other two doctors, Susan A. Grimes and John Viskup, and the hygienist, Diane Mortier, work in the dental center, which is located in the Mountain Health Center annex at 61 Pine St.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center welcomes the exhibit “Family Traits: Art, Humor and Everyday Life” — celebrating familial culture through the artwork of Stanley Lyndes. The exhibit opened at the end of January and will be on display through May 15 at the Vermont Folklife Center’s Vision and Voice Gallery in Middlebury.
BRISTOL — A Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team that has been playing well ran into another hot team on Saturday and came up short, 53-42, to visiting North Country.
The Division I Falcons made it six straight wins by erasing the Eagles’ 25-18 halftime lead with a 14-3 run out of the locker room, during which junior standout Kylie Wright hit three three-pointers and scored 11 of her game-high 24 points.
BURLINGTON/LINCOLN — Katharine Shepherd, Ed.D., a professor and interim associate dean in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) at the University of Vermont, was endowed in a formal investiture ceremony on Feb. 7 as the inaugural Levitt Family Green and Gold Professor. Shepherd is a Lincoln resident.
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury Union High School junior Keagan Dunbar scored the 1,000th point of her career in the third quarter of the Tigers’ home game vs. Mount Abraham on Wednesday night to highlight local girls’ basketball action in the latter half of last week.
Dunbar became just the fourth member of the Tiger girls’ basketball program to reach that milestone.
BRANDON — The selectboard here has approved the Town Meeting warning and a proposed budget to send to voters.
The proposed $2,999,986 municipal spending plan for fiscal year 2018 includes a 1.8 percent increase in total expenditures, or $53,276, over the current spending plan.
The amount to be raised by taxes, $2,509,066, is up 0.89 percent, or $22,244.
The cost drivers for the fiscal year 2018 budget are centered around stark increases in worker’s compensation insurance and health insurance for town employees.