March 6th, 2013
BRIDPORT — Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Gail Conley has decided to close Bridport Central School for the remainder of this week after most of the student body and several adults contracted a mysterious stomach ailment on Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7.
VERGENNES — Voters in the three towns that send students to the Vergennes Union Elementary School approved a proposed spending plan by a margin of 447-322 on Town Meeting Day.
The school budgeted $4.08 million in spending for the fiscal year that beginns July 1.
Votes from Vergennes, Waltham and Panton are co-mingled, so results from the individual towns are not available.
MONTPELIER — Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to put mandatory labels on genetically modified food products.
On Friday, the House Agriculture Committee, after weeks of testimony, passed H.112, or the “GMO labeling bill,” by an 8-3 vote. H.112 requires producers to put labels on raw agricultural and processed, packaged food products that are genetically engineered. The bill will go to the House Judiciary Committee for review, then to the floor for a vote.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union officials got two doses of good news last week: Formal ratification of a new one-year contract with local teachers, and settlement of a longstanding lawsuit that had been filed against the district by former ACSU Superintendent Lee Sease.
MIDDLEBURY — After serving more than three decades as Middlebury’s town planner, Fred Dunnington will literally sail into retirement come July 1.
Dunnington, 59, and his longtime partner, Dorothy Mammen plan to set sail this summer for adventures on the high seas — though they promised that Middlebury will remain their home port.
RIPTON / HANCOCK — The best collegiate skiers in the country will receive the red-carpet treatment this week when they arrive in Middlebury for the NCAA men’s and women’s Alpine and Nordic skiing championships, March 6-9.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership announces the fifth annual Vermont Chili Festival, taking place on Saturday, March 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Named one of the Top 10 Winter Events for the past four years by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the event includes street jugglers, face painting, entertainment for kids, live music, a beverage tent, and award-winning chili, all located on the streets of historic downtown Middlebury.