November 4th, 2010
SHOREHAM — Incumbent independent Will Stevens of Shoreham on Tuesday won his third term in the Vermont House of Representatives with a 1,059 to 599 victory over Whiting Republican Joy Jones in the Addison-Rutland-1 district, which encompasses Shoreham, Whiting, Orwell and Benson.
Voters in several other area towns returned incumbents to the Vermont House in three uncontested races: Willem Jewett in Addison-2, Republican Joe Acinapura in Brandon, and Betty Nuovo in Middlebury. Newcomer Paul Ralston also won a seat in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — George is a single, self-employed carpenter. Things usually get a little slower over the winter months, but he cannot find anything this year. He has not paid his rent in three months, and his landlord continues to call and stop by.
This is just one scenario depicting homelessness in Addison County that Ingrid Pixley presented to an audience of around 30 at Middlebury College’s final poverty symposium lecture on Thursday.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Tuesday backed by a 733-470 margin, or 61-39 percent, the $150,000 purchase of a home and 2 acres next to and south of the town’s Route 7 office building and community meeting center.
Selectmen proposed the purchase, which they said will provide for the future needs of the town office building, including parking, better and safer access from the highway, and other needs now unforeseen.
The article approved by voters calls for financing the deal with a 10-year bank note that officials estimate will cost about $900 a month.
MIDDLEBURY — On Sept. 30, Goshen residents David and Erica Sabatini were acquitted of the charges of disorderly conduct leveled against them last April.
The dispute between the Sabatinis and the state was resolved after a trial that lasted most of two days and a number of witnesses.
Attorney Oliver Cleary, who represented the defendants, said that it’s unusual for a disorderly conduct charge to go to court — it is usually settled before a case gets to trial. But, he said, the Sabatinis hoped to prove their innocence rather than settling the case.
ORWELL — Across the state, schools are examining their budgets in the wake of the Legislature’s Challenges for Change recommendations. As school boards sit down for discussions, some — like in Orwell — are finding that they’ll have to sharpen the knife even more than originally projected.
“It’s a very tight year,” said Glen Cousineau, chair of the Orwell Village School board, which will be looking to reduce the school’s spending by approximately 10 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — Norwich native Susannah Drake returned to Vermont last month to talk to students, faculty and community members at Middlebury College on various landscape architecture projects that she has worked on in New York City and the African nation of Malawi since leaving the Green Mountain State.
MIDDLEBURY — Kristin and Damian Bittrolf trace their roots back to Ireland, Lithuania and Portugal, and more recently, to Cape Cod and Boston, Mass.
Six days a week, though, the couple dishes up pieces of another culture entirely: They sell burritos from Green-go’s, their food cart in Frog Hollow Alley, just off of Main Street in downtown Middlebury.
The two make no claims to authenticity — but they say that’s not necessarily what their customers are looking for. Damian said they have coined their own term for this hybrid cuisine: “Ver-Mexican.”
By any measure imaginable, the celebration of the Cross Street Bridge opening this past Saturday was phenomenal. The procession of events was flawless and packed with energy; the coordination with the ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween events perfect; the food vendors’ tent was welcomed by all for nourishment and warmth; the speeches were short; the procession of honors well deserved; the music was entertaining and the ending fireworks, absolutely spectacular.