January 26th, 2015
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen heard at their Jan. 13 meeting from Mayor Bill Benton that he would like them later this year to consider a comprehensive recreation plan for the city.
The first step, said Benton in a Wednesday interview, will be to create a group to assess the city’s recreation inventory and needs and take another look at what residents would like to see offered.
ADDISON COUNTY — As lawmakers wrestle with education funding reform this winter, one idea that has gained some favor in Montpelier is ending “Small School Grants,” extra funding to smaller schools that helps them keep their doors open. Gov. Peter Shumlin, for one, made that recommendation in his Jan. 15 budget address.
In recent years the Legislature has tried to address what lawmakers see as cost inefficiencies in smaller schools by passing laws to encourage unification within and between school districts.
ADDISON COUNTY — State police are investigating burglaries at the elementary schools in Starksboro and Lincoln that occurred over the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend in which thousands of dollars of electronics were stolen.
Police said someone broke into Lincoln Community School and Robinson Elementary in Starksboro sometime between Jan. 17 and 20.
FERRISBURGH — Members of each of the 17 county fire departments turned out for the annual Addison County Firefighters Association meeting this past Wednesday evening at the Eagles Club in Ferrisburgh, during which the organization honored several firefighters for their service.
Featured guest Lt. Gov. Phil Scott thanked the hundreds of firefighters, all in their dress uniforms, for helping out in their respective communities.
SALISBURY — Students in many schools have to be reminded to switch off lights as they exit a classroom, or close windows to keep the heat in during the winter.
MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to the Middlebury College Natatorium on Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. to see students launch the traditional Japanese boats they have been building this winter.
Following a colorful Shinto ceremony, Middlebury College students will launch two traditional Japanese boats that they have been constructing this month as part of their work for a Winter Term course titled “Building the Japanese Boat.”
VERGENNES — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team on Friday had a fight on its hands for 19 minutes at Vergennes — the score stood at 17-17.
But then the 8-5 Eagles took charge in their 42-23 victory, Mount Abe’s sixth in seven outings.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action late last week, Otter Valley, Vergennes and Middlebury all posted wins, while Mount Abraham lost on the road.