June 19th, 2014
BRISTOL — Organizers of Bristol’s sixth annual Pocock Rocks festival say this Saturday’s event should be a blast.
“We’ve got great food, music on two stages, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Kate Selby, executive director of the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President Ron Liebowitz presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards for outstanding community service to Addison County residents Douglas Anderson and David Brynn on Monday at a dinner and reception at Middlebury’s Kirk Alumni Center.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury man has filed a civil lawsuit against the town of Middlebury, Middlebury College, the Addison Independent and Bread Loaf Corp., alleging their collective actions “unduly influenced” the electorate prior to votes held earlier this year on a $6.5 million municipal building/recreation center project.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School Board is looking for a Bristol resident to fill a vacancy that has opened on the 13-member panel.
The vacancy was created after board member Amanda Fox resigned before the completion of her term, citing scheduling issues and her family’s plans to leave Bristol.
VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes City Council move forward on planning for the coming year’s municipal budget, which they hope to finalize next week (see story, Page 1A).
In other business on Tuesday, aldermen:
MIDDLEBURY — A primary runoff will be required to whittle down the Democrat candidates vying in the Addison-1 House district this November, while the county’s two incumbent state senators face no challengers in their re-election bids.
That’s just part of the 2014 election picture, which became clearer this week following the June 12 filing deadline for candidates vying for statewide offices as well as Vermont House and Senate seat and county offices.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen are leaning toward a adopting a city budget that will call for a 9-cent increase in the municipal tax rate, of which 7 cents will pay for the Vergennes police station.
The new rate aldermen discussed on Tuesday and at their June 10 budget workshop is 72.5 cents, up from the current 63.5-cent rate that pays solely for city services, not for schools.
MIDDLEBURY — Jonah Lefkoe, president of Middlebury Union High School’s class of 2014, set the tone for the school’s graduation ceremony this past Saturday morning with his booming voice and infectious enthusiasm.
“In typical Vermont form,” he told his class, “we celebrate graduation on a dreary, overcast morning.”