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May 20th, 2013
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on May 13 hired a new co-principal for the 2013-2014 school year who has spent the past six years as the assistant principal of U-32 High School in East Montpelier.
Burlington resident Stephanie C. Taylor will begin this summer, said Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Tom O’Brien.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their meeting last week moved closer to adopting a policy that would ban tobacco use in the area around the city pool and on the city’s central green.
A council subcommittee will look at model policies and ordinances offered last week by a tobacco prevention expert and make a recommendation at the council’s May 28 meeting.
A policy could be a gateway to a law that calls for tickets and fines, depending on how well the policy works.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Thursday said $2.2 million in milk program safety net payments are arriving just as Vermont dairy farmers need them most, as spring planting begins. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week announced the payments under the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program that provides support in months when the price that farmers are paid for their milk drops while production costs remain high.
VERGENNES — At a City Council meeting last Tuesday where aldermen discussed a smoking ban in some public places (see story, Page 1) officials and supporters of the Vergennes Opera House also spoke in favor of the organization’s request for $10,000 in the next city budget. Aldermen budgeted $10,000 last year, but have not done so in the past.
VERGENNES — Unfortunately for visiting Mount Abraham, the Vergennes Union High School boys’ lacrosse team chose Saturday to play its best game of the season — and probably of the past four years.
The Commodores bolted to a 4-0 first quarter lead and survived a second-quarter Eagle surge on the way to a 13-7 victory that moved VUHS to 4-6.
MIDDLEBURY — The Mount Abraham Union High School golf team won a pair of matches earlier this month, and senior Jona Scott earned medalist honors in both outings. Scott has been the medalist in three of the Eagles’ matches this spring.
The Eagles defeated Rice, 354-361, on May 1 in a two-team match at Middlebury College’s Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
Scott fired a 75 on his home course to beat runner-up Caleb Connerty of Rice by five strokes.
MONTPELIER — Addison County lawmakers generally gave good marks to a now-concluded 2013 legislative session that produced a General Fund budget of almost $1.4 billion that did not require the raising of new broad-based tax money, but did produce higher fees at the pump to leverage additional federal aid to repair the state’s roads, bridges and culverts.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday gave high marks to the 2013 General Assembly, a body that he said granted 90 percent of his education priorities and completed one of the most productive sessions “in years.”
“It was a very productive session,” Shumlin said during a phone interview with the Addison Independent. “I thought they got more tough things done than I’ve seen a Legislature get done in a first half of a biennium in many, many years. There is a lot to celebrate with Vermonters.”