March 19th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Education finance reform and the estimated $112 million revenue shortfall continue to get the most attention in Montpelier, but Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith said he and his colleagues are committed to passing health care reforms aimed at closing the cost-shift in Medicaid funding and recruiting more primary care physicians to the state.
Smith was speaking on health care issues at Porter Medical Center’s annual meeting on Monday at Middlebury College’s McCardell Bicentennial Hall.
BRISTOL — More than 50 Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters packed the Mount Abraham Union High School library Tuesday evening to voice concerns to the school board about how to create a new budget proposal.
On Town Meeting Day voters in the five town area rejected the initial $14.06 million spending plan, 1,241–1,088. The board is working to put a new budget before voters later this spring.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police divers on Monday continued their search for a missing Connecticut woman, this time in Orwell.
VSP Lt. Reginald Trayah said divers searched Johnson’s Pond, a 35-acre body of water that straddles the town line between Orwell and Sudbury.
Trayah said the search was related to the disappearance of Denise Hart, 25, of Hartford, Conn., who was last seen Jan. 25 in Sudbury. Police suspect foul play had a hand in Hart’s disappearance.
FERRISBURGH — When the Vergennes Union High School board on Tuesday decided on a new budget proposal and vote date (see story, Page 1A), those actions triggered a date for a second Ferrisburgh Central School budget vote.
That revote, like the VUHS revote, will be held on Tuesday, May 5.
BRISTOL — Citizens who attended the weekly Legislative Breakfast on Monday heard from lawmakers about their struggle with the fiscal year 2016 general fund budget, which is facing a projected $112 million revenue shortfall.
Among the proposed cuts under consideration to shore up the budget are two of the Vermont Department of Public Safety’s four Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs) — better known as E-911 dispatching centers — in Derby and Rutland.
VERGENNES — Vergennes and Vermont State police as of Wednesday morning were still searching for the man who stole cash on the previous Friday afternoon from the downtown Vergennes branch of People’s United Bank.
Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said that at about 2:20 p.m. on Friday a man entered the North Maple Street bank, displayed a knife to the teller and demanded and was given an undisclosed amount of money, and left the bank and headed north on the street. Merkel said police do not know if he continued to flee on foot or by a waiting vehicle.
MIDDLEBURY — National Bank of Middlebury, together with customers and community members, gathered on Feb. 4 to celebrate the bank’s new president, Caroline R. Carpenter. She is the bank’s 11th president, and the first female president since its incorporation in 1831.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Elementary School board has taken steps to get feedback for a new spending proposal, laid out a timeline of public forums and set a date by which it hopes to warn a new budget vote.
Board members decided at their Monday evening meeting that they will host a community forum on Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the BES cafeteria, during which Bristol residents will split into small groups and answer questions posed by the board.