March 8th, 2012
It’s always one of the busiest and most enjoyable weeks of the year, when high school and college sports playoffs coincide with Town Meeting Day, where, as always, things were pretty lively this year. At least I didn’t have to write about school unification.
MIDDLEBURY — Courtesy of Sunday’s dramatic 1-0 win over Amherst in the NESCAC playoff final, the Middlebury College women’s hockey team earned a home NCAA Division III quarterfinal.
The 21-3-3 Panthers, who will be seeking their first NCAA title since winning three straight from 2004 to 2006, will host a familiar foe, 18-6-3 Plattsburgh. Middlebury defeated the Cardinals in November, 4-1, but on Feb. 18 were fortunate to earn a 4-4 tie at home on Sara Ugalde’s last-minute goal.
VERGENNES — Two multi-term incumbents lost re-election bids in Tuesday’s six-way race for three seats on the Vergennes city council, while two familiar faces seeking elective office in Vergennes for the first time earned the most votes.
Real estate appraiser and Vergennes Partnership President Bill Benton polled 350 votes to lead the field, followed by former city manager Renny Perry with 313.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their annual meeting approved a 2012-2013 municipal budget of $8,420,920 and agreed to establish a business development fund (BDF) to help attract new businesses and jobs to Addison County’s shire town.
More than 200 voters packed Middlebury’s municipal gym to consider a seven-article warning dominated by the budget and the proposed development fund.
VERGENNES — The Vermont Senate’s support for lifting a provision in state law that allows parents to exempt their children from vaccinations for philosophical reasons is not sitting well with some Addison County residents.
“I am in favor of the vaccinations, but I am not in favor of the government telling people to do it,” Addison resident Mark Boivin told participants at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Vergennes American Legion Hall.
MONKTON — In voting on Town Meeting Day, Monkton voters shot down a proposal for a new municipal building for the second time in two years, this time by a 286-224 tally. The new plan called for moving and expanding the town’s existing 152-year-old town hall.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Tuesday voted to return incumbent selectboard members Victor Nuovo and Susan Shashok to office, and also added Gary Baker to the fold.
Nuovo (613 tallies) and Shashok (520) were the top vote getters in a five-way race for two three-year seats. Finishing out of the running were former Selectman Don Keeler (461 votes), Eric Murray (272) and Brian Bauer (239).
Baker was unopposed in his run for a one-year term, the balance of a term vacated by former Selectwoman Janelle Ashley.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed a $1 million bond to replace the failing asphalt shingle roof at Middlebury Union Middle School with a standing seam metal room.
Townspeople in Bridport, Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, Weybridge and Middlebury collectively voted 1,881-899 in favor of the 20-year bond issue.
“We are pleased,” UD-3 board Chairman Leonard Barrett said, adding he was also gratified by the district’s 1,844-919 endorsement of the UD-3 budget (see related story).