January 23rd, 2015
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.
MIDDLEBURY — The historic Pulp Mill Bridge in Middlebury will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic for about three weeks beginning on Monday, Jan. 26, to allow for a work crew to repair damage caused by a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the bridge this past fall.
The covered bridge, which links the towns of Middlebury and Weybridge on Seymour Street Extension, will re-open on or about Monday, Feb. 16. Until then, motorists, bikers and walkers should seek alternative routes.
FERRISBURGH — Vermont State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred at a home on Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh on Jan. 22 that resulted in the theft of electronics and other items. Police believe the burglary occurred between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The thief or thieves forced entry by smashing a window in the back of the residence, According to Trooper Doxsee. The homeowner reported that a 55-inch TV was the only item stolen.
RIPTON — Vermont State Police cited a Rochester man for driving under the influence following a one-vehicle crash on Route 125 in Ripton during the evening of Jan. 22.
MIDDLEBURY — Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center directors are proposing a 2015-2016 spending plan of $3,496,478, reflecting a 2.24-percent increase over this year’s budget.
Despite the relatively small spending increase, the budget would result in a 14.7 percent boost in the tuition rate for enrollees from the three Addison County high schools for which the career center provides technical education programs.
BRANDON — Statewide education funding reform can’t come soon enough for Otter Valley Union High School. Despite the fact that the OV board approved a proposed budget this month with a modest 1.83 percent spending increase, the union Homestead tax rate will increase by roughly 7 cents, or 4.6 percent.
The board on Jan. 7 approved a $10,718,131 spending plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, a $192,414 increase over the current spending plan.
BRISTOL — Local residents have until Monday to file the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for town offices or school boards, but ballots in each of the five towns that comprise the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union are already shaping up.
Anyone who wishes to run for a town or school office must submit a nominating petition at their town office by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26. Signatures from 1 percent of registered voters are required.
Voters will head to the polls on Town Meeting Day, March 3, to choose their representatives.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Two Brothers Tavern offers a cure for the winter blues just inside its entrance: Leafy green shoots sprout from a six-foot-tall column, and the soothing sound of running water fills the space between the front door and the restaurant’s dining room and bar.