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April 5th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters next Wednesday, April 11, will be asked to approve a proposed 2012-2013 Mary Hogan Elementary School budget of $6,144,811, which would produce a 4.15-percent increase in spending but result in a small decrease in the education property tax rate.
MIDDLEBURY — A screening committee charged with reviewing applications for the vacant Addison Central Supervisory Union superintendency could endorse a finalist within the next few days.
Peter Conlon, Cornwall representative to the ACSU board and leader of the screening committee, confirmed on Monday that his panel had interviewed one of three finalists who had been flagged for the job. Conlon explained that the other two finalists ended up accepting other positions before the committee had a chance to interview them.
RIPTON — Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Ski Center is seeking permission to install snowmaking equipment to maximize winter use of its Ripton trails and ensure prime conditions for the NCAA Skiing Championship events that will be held there next March.
LEICESTER — It was one of very few “Maple Open House” signs seen over the annual March weekend during which Vermont sugarhouses invite in the general public, but the Sweet Success Sugar Shack is looking in a new direction.
A sudden warm-up in temperatures in late March brought a quick and then painful end to the annual maple sap run this year, leaving area sugarmakers with below-average sap supplies.
The brouhaha over who gets how much of $21 million from the potential merger of the state’s two largest utilities has devolved into a spat over splitting the spoils, rather than a conversation about what’s best for the state.
In a recent report researched by commentator and political analyst Bill Moyers on the cost of war, he recently provided what those costs were in Iraq and Afghanistan since the U.S. invaded.
Prior to March 30, the closest I had been as a journalist to anything presidential was Howard Dean’s campaign kickoff in Burlington in June 2003. So, when an email from President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign offered press credentials to cover the president’s appearance at UVM’s Gutterson Field House last Friday, I took a shot. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to cover the first visit to Vermont by a sitting president in 17 years.
My Saturday morning went south the moment I found out I had not become a multimillionaire overnight.
Oh, I knew a single Mega Millions lottery ticket wouldn’t give me a real chance at Friday night’s record-setting $654 million jackpot.
But I didn’t have just one ticket.
Last week, 20 of my fellow Addison Independent employees and I each threw $2 into an office pool. While one ticket offered only a 1-in-75-million chance of winning, we had 42.
It was all we could do not to clean out our desks Friday afternoon.