January 6th, 2014
ADDISON — The Addison Central School board on Thursday moved closer to adopting a 2014-2015 budget that would not trigger a tax increase if residents support it in March, but would mean the loss of one full-time teacher and the school’s part-time math instructor.
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon said the impact of that roughly $1.517 million spending plan on the town’s school tax rate would be a drop of about a half-cent.
MIDDLEBURY — Merry Mulch 2014 has been postponed for one week due to the extreme cold. The annual pick-up of Christmas trees, conducted each year by the Rotary Club of Middlebury and Casella Waste Systems, will now be done Saturday, Jan. 11, starting at 8 a.m.
Middlebury residents are reminded to put their cut trees at the roadside, making sure there is nothing metal attached to the trees since they will be mulched for compost. No wreaths, please.
Looking back on 2013, the staff of the Addison Independent found that it was particularly busy covering news on the proposed natural gas pipeline through the county and on the proposed new town office and town gym. Those two stories grabbed plenty of headlines, but there were logs of other important stories, too. Read our roundup of the top 10 stories of the year just passed, as well as some of the others that caught our eye.
LINCOLN — The Lincoln School Board Thursday accepted the resignation of its chair at a special meeting convened for that purpose. Henry Wilmer, who has served on the board for five years, said he is stepping down for health reasons.
Board vice chair Jen Oldham praised Wilmer’s tenure on the board.
BRISTOL — Lawrence Memorial Library is seeking a new board member, librarian Nancy Wilson said.
The vacancy was created by the recent resignation of Linda Havey, who moved to Monkton. Board members must be residents of Bristol. The board has five members, each of whom serve three-year terms.
STARKSBORO — A Starksboro woman was killed in a one-car crash on Big Hollow Road in Starksboro on Sunday morning.
Vermont State Police reported that Stephanie D. Patsos, 23, was driving a 2001 Saturn SL on Big Hollow Road around 11:20 a.m. when the car traveled left of center and down an embankment on the south side of the roadway.
Patsos, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle in the crash, police reported, and she succumbed to her injuries at the scene.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team enjoyed a big weekend, winning the Panthers’ own Holiday Classic by knocking off St. Michael’s on Friday, 6-2, and Neumann on Saturday, 3-1, and giving Coach Bill Beaney his 500th victory at Middlebury.
The 5-3-2 Panthers also snapped a three-game losing streak, but they were just as happy Beaney earned his landmark victory, according to Holiday Classic MVP Derek Pimentel, who picked up a goal and three assists in the two games.
WINOOSKI — Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops to help families fill out financial aid forms at local high schools in January.
These informal workshops offer guidance on filling out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and Vermont grant forms. Students and parents can also ask questions and learn about the college financial aid process, including scholarships.
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