February 2nd, 2012
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard took out its budgetary scalpel at its Monday meeting to further shave down a fiscal year 2013 municipal spending plan.
But despite the board cutting an additional $6,000 from the budget that evening, they OK’d a 2012-2013 spending plan that would result in an increase of $96,647, or 5.96 percent, in the amount to be raised by taxes.
VERGENNES — A few lucky students at Vergennes Union High School laid down their pencils and math books on Monday for a special assembly in the middle school gym.
Theo Spencer, a 2006 graduate of the school, returned to his alma mater to take students down the path that led him from a state champion track star at VUHS to an acrobat studying circus art at the University of San Marcos in Argentina.
ADDISON — Longtime Addison Town Clerk Jane Grace recently announced her intention to step down after more than 40 years on the job.
Grace told the selectboard that she would stay on until the end of 2012. The board put money in its proposed 2012-2013 town budget to bring a second assistant into the town office so there will be two trained employees ready to go at the end of the year. Assistant clerk Marilla Webb has served in that capacity for many years.
VERMONT — On Monday, Jan. 23, at 20 minutes past noon Vermont State Police Trooper Steven Gelder responded to Route 30 in Sudbury for a single-vehicle crash.
Gelder found a tractor-trailer with flatbed driven southbound by Mario Gervais, 47, of Quebec had exited off the travel portion of the wet road and collided with a guardrail. The vehicle traveled down an embankment before coming to a position of uncontrolled rest off the travel portion of Route 30.
The vehicle ruptured its diesel fuel tank, and fuel spilled onto the roadway.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury isn’t the only Addison Central Supervisory Union community that will feature some spirited local elections. A survey of the six surrounding towns with which Middlebury partners for school services shows some looming contests for selectboard, school board and other offices.
Candidates for local office had until the end of this past Monday, Jan. 30, in which to file nomination papers to get on their respective Town Meeting Day ballots.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police recovered an empty boat from the Otter Creek off Bakery Lane on Jan. 23.
Police received a call about a boat stuck on some ice in the creek, about 100 yards upstream from Mister Up’s Restaurant. Middlebury Fire Department Technical Rescue went out and retrieved the boat and also checked near the Otter Creek Falls for any evidence that people might have been on board and fallen into the water.
Tips to cure the winter blues
Three months into Permanent November (A.K.A., Global Warming, Vermont Style), this year it’s even harder than usual to know how to have fun getting through the rest of the winter.
Usually we can rely upon typical winter activities — skiing, snowboarding, sledding or even just a nice walk in a snow-covered park — to get us through February and March.
But with little-to-no snow this winter, all bets are off.
One solution? I’ve been making do with a lot of outdoor ice skating.
What’s it like to interview a robot?
I recently got the chance to talk with Bina48, often touted as the world’s most advanced android, or human-like robot. Bina48 currently resides in Lincoln under the care of the Terasem Movement Foundation — a nonprofit dedicated to testing whether a person’s consciousness can be replicated in another biological or technological form.