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January 16th, 2017
VERGENNES — A $21.1 million spending plan for all four Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) schools and the unified district’s central office was presented to the ANWSD board on Wednesday. If approved, this second draft proposal would increase spending over the current district-wide level by 1.68 percent.
It could also lead to lower residential property taxes in three of the five ANWSD communities — Addison, Ferrisburgh and Waltham, according to district officials. Panton and Vergennes would see tax rate increases.
BRISTOL — Residents of the Bristol Police District will likely be asked to approve a double-digit hike in taxpayer funds used to pay for the department budget in the coming fiscal year.
Town officials cited a dramatic surge in the cost of workers’ compensation coverage as the reason for the 17 percent increase.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center’s main goal during its 90-year history has been to help people heal from injuries and illnesses.
Porter is now partnering with another major hospital to help people close the circle of life, allowing them to die on their own terms and with minimal pain.
VERMONT — Attention, bird lovers. Your eagle-spotting skills are needed for the 2017 Mid-winter Eagle Survey.
From Jan. 4-18, Vermont Audubon Society hopes to document as many eagles in Vermont as possible for this annual count.
If you see an eagle in Vermont during the survey period, email the following information to Margaret Fowle at [email protected]:
• Time of day.
• Number of Bald or Golden Eagles seen.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury is preparing for the inevitable arrival of a voracious invader that targets a specific prey.
It’s an invader that measures less than the diameter of a penny, but it attacks in great numbers and won’t be denied.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School is going to lose a second assistant principal.
David Ford left his assistant principal position at Mount Abe at the end of December, citing family reasons.
Now Assistant Principal Ellen Repstad said she will resign at the end of the school year, citing a lack of transparency in communication and a difference in values that puts efficiency above what’s best for kids.
VERMONT — Eight environmental and public advocacy groups late last week announced that a federal agency was going to investigate concerns they raised over the quality of the construction of natural gas pipeline being build from Colchester to Middlebury by Vermont Gas Systems.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott is seeking candidates from the Addison-Rutland legislative district to fill the Vermont House of Representatives seat being vacated by Rep. Alyson Eastman, I-Orwell.
Eastman, who won re-election to her second term unopposed last fall, was appointed by Gov. Scott to be deputy secretary of the Agency of Agriculture.
“I am looking for someone who, like Alyson, will be a dedicated public servant and representative for the people of Shoreham, Orwell, Benson and Whiting,” said Gov. Scott in a press release.