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February 20th, 2012
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School dance team on Saturday for the third time in five years won the Vermont hip-hop crown, this time before more than 1,000 fans supporting 10 teams at Vergennes Union High School.
The Tiger team — with half the dancers dressed as men with goatees and eye black — edged the defending hip-hop titlist Burr & Burton squad, 263.5-261.
MUHS had previously claimed the hip-hop title in 2008 and 2010.
ADDISON COUNTY — In his 34 years of maple sugaring, Starksboro’s Dave Folino has encountered few winters like this one. With some local spotters noting temperatures soaring eight degrees above average last month and more than six degrees above average in December, the sap has been flowing steadily.
“It’s not really a winter,” said Folino. “It’s pretty much a perpetual sugar season.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on April 11 will vote on a proposed 2012-2013 Mary Hogan Elementary School spending plan of $6,144,811, representing a 4.15-percent increase compared to the current spending plan.
BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) board and superintendent search committee are closing in on a new superintendent.
CORNWALL — Emery Tillman takes community service seriously — and not only in her backyard of Addison County. At the tender age of 17, Tillman has donated her time to environmental and humanitarian causes stretching from her hometown of Cornwall to Uganda, Africa.
Her efforts recently earned statewide recognition and will soon get national exposure, thanks to an award from Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory union board will re-advertise the school district’s superintendent vacancy in wake of an initial search that concluded on Thursday without producing an acceptable candidate.
Gail Conley, the ACSU’s interim superintendent, said the position will now be re-advertised in conjunction with the soon-to-be-vacant associate superintendent position. Associate Superintendent Jan Willey has tendered her resignation effective at the end of the school year.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police have primary responsibility for finding lost hikers and other missing people in all areas of the state that are not covered by municipal police departments.
VERGENNES — Vergennes American Legion Post 14 will host a Thursday evening forum for the half-dozen candidates seeking three seats on the city council in what is the most crowded race since 2007.
The forum, to be moderated by local insurance agent Michael Donnelly, will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Challengers William Benton, Renny Perry and Nelson Sears are seeking slots on the council now held by multi-term incumbent Aldermen David Austin, Lowell Bertrand and Clara “Ziggy” Comeau.