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April 11th, 2013
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board met on Monday night and edged closer to adopting a new, more modest bond proposal to take care of what Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Tom O’Brien called the most critical items that were included in two earlier defeated plans.
The new bond the VUHS board discussed on Monday, which O’Brien said on Tuesday would be “somewhere in the $2 million range,” will focus “on the roof and the cafeteria and kitchen primarily, with some smaller pieces in the auditorium.”
BRISTOL — Following Bristol voters’ rejection last month of a bond that would have taken the first step toward an upgrade to the fire department’s North Street facility, the search for an improved firehouse will continue in coming weeks.
VERGENNES — In what Mayor Bill Benton said he and all five sitting aldermen felt was a tough decision, the city council on Tuesday chose longtime Vergennes real estate broker Lynn Donnelly over former alderman Peter Garon to fill the one-year vacancy created on the council in March when Benton was elected to his office.
Although the decision was technically unanimous when it was made at the end of the aldermen’s Tuesday meeting, it came only after a fairly long closed-door session at the city’s fire station.
RIPTON — Theater enthusiasts will have an opportunity to witness a “Mad World” at the Ripton Community House this weekend. “Mad World” is the name of the original play that the North Branch School students have written and will perform twice, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13.
NEW HAVEN — Linda Sweeney used to bicycle alone. But that changed one fateful week last year, when her favorite uncle, Jack Hurlbut, learned he had lymphoma, a form of blood cancer that more than 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with annually.
LEICESTER — Leicester residents on Tuesday voted 68 to 61 in favor of a slightly scaled-back version of the 2013-2014 elementary school budget of $1,127,521 that they had defeated on Town Meeting Day.
The new spending plan of $1,117,640 reflected $9,881 in cuts, resulting in a 5.4-percent increase compared to this year. Cuts made by the Leicester Central School board included around $2,140 in health insurance-related expenses, $2,758 less in compensation for the school nurse position, and a $5,000 reduction in administrative salaries.
BRANDON — When Mount Anthony left fielder Kori Bow turned, took two steps back, and then just stopped and watched in the bottom of Monday’s eighth inning, everyone at the Otter Valley Union High School softball field knew the season-opening game between the Otters and Patriots had ended.
Bow could only do what the other players, fans and coaches did — watch OV junior Taylor Aines’ game-winning, three-run homer sail at least 30 feet over the left-field fence.
MIDDLEBURY — The three local union high school tennis teams opened up with setbacks on Monday, all to tough competition.
The young Middlebury boys fared best, claiming both doubles matches in a 5-2 loss at Rice.
Both the MUHS and Otter Valley girls were swept, 7-0, the Tigers at home by a veteran Rice squad, and the Otters on the road by perennial Division II contender Burr & Burton.
RICE BOYS, 5-2