January 30th, 2014
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh will have a new town clerk and treasurer as of March — after nine years of the job, Town Clerk and Treasurer Chet Hawkins, 67, has decided to retire.
Hawkins said he only made the decision, although he had thought about it previously, on Saturday after a long talk with his wife.
“She kept saying maybe I should retire, she would really enjoy having me around,” Hawkins said.
BRANDON — In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the Brandon selectboard approved a proposed town budget that would ask voters to approve a 13.9 percent increase in taxes. The plan sets 2014-2015 municipal spending at $3,256,142 with $2,651,467 to be raised by taxes.
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to approving the 2014 town meeting warning, the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday accepted the nominations of residents Ann LaFiandra and Chris Zeoli to fill a short, interim stint on the selectboard.
The vacancy was created by the Jan. 2 resignation of Selectman Victor Nuovo.
MIDDLEBURY — A community gathering to remember and celebrate the life of the folk singer and freedom fighter Pete Seeger will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. Seeger died Monday night in New York City at the age of 94.
If you live in Vermont, you know better than to talk about how much you hate the cold weather, especially if, like me, you chose to move here from somewhere further south.
But this winter has been a little colder, for a little longer, than I remember in recent years and it is messing with my head. I just can’t seem to get warm.
Roughly mid-way through the Vermont winter, our family was in need of some defrosting.
How Vermonters pay for their schools will be one of those issues that bubbles along the top of this year’s legislative session, catching a burst of attention here and there, ultimately signifying very little.
Most of us dislike the idea of selling property, particularly property we’ve owned for a long time. However distasteful, it is a choice to be considered when confronted with unexpected expenses.
The Middlebury selectboard has asked us to consider selling property so as to meet the burden of replacing the municipal building and gym. Others ask us to consider spending more of our income to keep the property and the buildings on it.