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January 13th, 2014
BRISTOL — Around 250 people crowded into Holley Hall in Bristol on Dec. 16 to watch the first ever Young Life Mr. Christmas Tree pageant.
Six senior boys from Mount Abraham Union High School competed, in traditional pageant style, with a formal wear interview, bathing suit, and talent portions followed by a parade of “Living Christmas Trees.” Each young man was given the name of a type of Christmas tree and wore sashes with those names displayed.
BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent David Adams told the ANeSU executive committee on Jan. 7 that the district’s October hire of an outside company to take over substitute staffing would save the district both time and money.
The district has hired Kelly Services, a company that specializes in temporary staffing nationwide, on Oct. 17, 2013, and the district will begin working with Kelly Services on Feb. 3.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union Elementary School board ended a budget workshop meeting last week eyeing a $4.26 million 2014-2015 budget that would increase spending by 4.34 percent, or $177,000.
However, almost all of that increase is driven by a state-mandated change in the way special education is accounted for within the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union schools and in higher special education costs overall, said ANwSU Superintendent Tom O’Brien and business manager Kathy Cannon.
BRISTOL — The head of the town recreation department presented a draft budget at the selectboard meeting on Jan. 6.
Recreation Director Darla Senecal proposed a budget of $176,899, a 10 percent increase from last year. Senecal explained to the selectboard that the increase was due to health care changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
“We tried to keep the department as level-funded as possible, and made cuts where we could,” Senecal said in an interview Tuesday. “We have a very slim budget to begin with.”
SALISBURY — Vermont State Police said they suspected that a Salisbury man who died at his home in an untimely manner this past Thursday had been using heroin, but they did not know if that played a role in his death.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Timi Carone poured in four goals this past Wednesday as the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team halted host Rice, 6-1.
The Tigers, second place in Division II, improved to 7-3 with the win over the 3-6 Green Knights and will visit fourth-place Stowe on Monday before an eight-day exam break.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball action in the latter half of last week, Mount Abraham won twice, Otter Valley split a pair of games, and Vergennes and Middlebury each dropped a pair of contests.
BRISTOL — A Bristol man on Jan. 8 found himself under arrest for the second time in three weeks, police said.
Bristol police cited Samuel Lewis Hellmuth, 36, into court for violating a relief from abuse order and violating conditions of release issued by a judge from a previous arrest on the same charge.