November 1st, 2012
BRISTOL — After eight years of debate, discussion and discord, the Bristol Town Plan will be on the ballot and back in the voters’ hands on Election Day, Nov. 6. The Bristol Planning Commission and the Bristol selectboard, which added 42 changes to the draft given to them by the planning commission based on input from public hearings, unanimously approved the latest version.
MIDDLEBURY — Making noise late at night in Middlebury can earn you a visit from the local constabulary.
FERRISBURGH — Members of the Ferrisburgh selectboard said at its Oct. 2 meeting that they plan to shut down and seal up the town-owned Union Meeting Hall for the winter. At some point, officials might survey residents asking what the town should do with the prominent building across Route 7 from the former town office building.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of Addison County Democrats is logging some substantial travel miles to make New Hampshire a little bluer in advance of the Nov. 6 general election, hoping to deliver what some see as a toss-up state into the column of President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
BRISTOL — Needing a big win this past Saturday to earn a berth in the Division III high school playoffs for the second straight season, the Mount Abraham-Vergennes football team did just that.
With the No. 4 seed on the line, the Eagles scored touchdowns the first six times they had the ball and held visiting Poultney to 30 first-half yards on the way to a 38-0 halftime lead and a 45-24 victory.
Election Day should be a national holiday simply to encourage as many American citizens as possible to make it to the polls and vote. Why not? Certainly it’s a more important day than, say, Columbus Day. Ideally, voters would use at least part of the day to make a final review of the candidates. Everyone knows something about the presidential race, but a good many Americans don’t know much about some of the state offices or the differences between the candidates for their state legislatures.
ADDISON COUNTY — As of the Wednesday morning deadline for the Independent sports section, as many as three Mount Abraham and one Middlebury union high school teams were alive to play for state championships on Saturday.
Two of those teams had been scheduled to play earlier in the week, but concerns about the possible impact of Hurricane Sandy led to postponements.
Some of my colleagues here at the Addison Independent often joke that stories from my childhood remind them of something out of the “Our Gang” comedies of the 1930s. Reporter John Flowers refers to me and my old childhood buddy Donnie Andresen as Spanky and Alfalfa (if you are young and don’t recognize those names just YouTube them into your Google machines, or do a tweet or something). Now Spanky isn’t a name I would wish on anyone, but I proudly wear the Spanky badge.