November 12th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — On the occasion of this year’s national presidential election the Middlebury College Museum of Art has mounted an exhibit of 20 political cartoons — and one bronze sculpture — created by the noted political cartoonist Patrick Bruce “Pat” Oliphant (b.1935).
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State Senate Race
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County balloting in the Presidential race on Tuesday mirrored statewide voting, as Vermont became the first state in the nation placed in Democratic President Barack Obama’s column in his march toward a second term.
Meanwhile, county voters also backed winners in all statewide contests. Eric Davis, a political analyst and a professor emeritus of political science at Middlebury College, noted how closely local balloting tracked with statewide results in what he called a big day for Democrats across Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore voters on Tuesday overwhelming endorsed incumbent Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, for a fifth term in office and also elected New Haven Democrat Chris Bray to represent them in the Legislature’s highest chamber.
Ayer, the former Senate majority whip and current chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, was the top vote-getter, notching 12,943 tallies. Bray, the former Addison-5 state representative and 2010 candidate for lieutenant governor, finished second, with 9,915 votes.
MIDDLEBURY — World War II veteran Ron Hadley of Middlebury has condensed many of his military memories into a couple of photo albums and a small booklet in which he wrote some of the details of his travels throughout the Atlantic and the Pacific.
VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns on Tuesday rejected a proposed $6.5 million bond to fund repairs and major upgrades to Vergennes Union High School, 2,244-1,653.
In percentage terms, voters said no by 57.6 to 42.4 percent to a plan that included improvements to the school’s auditorium, installation of a six-lane track and an artificial turf playing field, upgrades to its kitchen and cafeteria, roof repairs to several areas of the building, and parking, sidewalk and traffic-flow improvements.
MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, won re-election to a sixth term representing Addison-5 in the Vermont House on Tuesday after defeating Democrat challenger Ed McGuire of New Haven, 1,145-959.
Smith, 67, is a lifelong farmer and is in his second stint representing Addison-5, a district that includes the towns of New Haven, Bridport and Weybridge.
BRISTOL — The proposed new Bristol town plan passed with a decisive 68.7 percent of the vote on Tuesday, ending an eight-year process that at times seemed to divide the town on issues of zoning proposals and resource extraction.
“In all honesty, I’m ecstatic,” said Kris Perlee of the Bristol Planning Commission. “A lot of work was done by a lot of people to make a plan that reflects the desires of the town as a whole.”