May 2nd, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union board and teachers have agreed in principal on a new, four-year contract, the terms of which will be made public after ratification by all the school boards in the school district.
The new contract retroactively covers the past two years and the next two. For the first time ever, this single contract will cover all of the elementary and secondary school teachers in the seven-town ACSU.
VERGENNES — Expenses for operating the Vergennes recycling center are dropping and costs will be lower for not only the city, but for surrounding towns as well, City Manager Mel Hawley told Vergennes aldermen at their April 26 meeting.
Hawley said Casella Inc. has dropped fees for accepting recycled material, allowing him in turn to lower charges at the West Street recycling center. Aldermen approved the lower rates at the meeting.
BRISTOL — At an April 25 meeting, the Bristol selectboard moved ahead with a Bristol Conservation Commission plan to build a handicap accessible fishing platform at Eagle Park, located upstream from the New Haven River’s Bartlett Falls off Lincoln Road.
VERGENNES — The growing Vergennes Farmers’ Market will make its 2011 debut on Thursday on the city’s downtown green with an expanded variety of local fresh produce, flowers and even crafts.
The market will open earlier this year than in the past, said coordinator Rhonda Williams, and will run from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through the fall.
WEST ADDISON — When the Champlain Bridge closed on Oct. 16, 2009, Crown Point resident Jean Breed found herself among the legions of New Yorkers lining up at 4:30 a.m. for the For tTi Ferry, or driving 1,000 miles a week through Whitehall, N.Y., to get to her job at Goodrich Corp. in Vergennes.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County resident Jeanne Montross is organizing an effort to acquire the movie inventory from Waterfront Video’s Middlebury store.
Waterfront Video recently announced it was closing its Middlebury store. Managers had announced a movie sale to the general public during the month of May, but Montross — with others — hopes to pull off a bulk purchase of the store’s more than 16,000 titles and eventually make them available for loan to the community.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Thursday, county residents bordering on Lake Champlain watched with bated breath as lake levels climbed to record-breaking heights.
As of 4:30 p.m. April 28, lake levels had topped out at 102.24 feet above sea level, then begun to slowly decline. The levels were far above flood stage, which is set at 100 feet, and they had already bested the previous record height of 102.1 feet, which was set in 1869.
MIDDLEBURY — Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Weybridge, received a lot of feedback on Tuesday in wake of the Senate’s passage, by a 21-9 vote, of a bill that lays the foundation for a single-payer health care system in Vermont.
But perhaps none of the feedback touched her as much as a message she got from the parents of her new grandchild, who turned two years old this week.