April 7th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Wednesday, April 10, will meet at Mary Hogan Elementary School to decide a proposed 2013-2014 spending plan of $6,418,788, representing a 4.46-percent increase. The budget reflects, among other things, a growing commitment to science, technology, engineering and math programs.
But thanks in part to a student enrollment that’s expected to grow by 10 next fall (to a total of around 405), the property tax-affecting portion of the budget is expected to rise by only 0.82 percent, according to school administrators.
BRISTOL — Dozens of farmers, students and educators from around the county gathered to celebrate the growing farm-to-school movement at Addison County Relocalization Network’s (ACORN) Stone Soup summit last Thursday, held at Mount Abraham Union High School.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Rotary Club is well known for its good works in and around Addison County’s shire town.
But members of the group are now increasingly making a philanthropic impact in all corners of the world.
Two of those members, Judy Brown and Jason Schnoor, recently returned from trips to India and Ghana, respectively, during which they helped further Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio and provide clean water to rural villagers.
ADDISON — As his silent partner in a failed movie project prepares to plead guilty in federal court to fraud charges next week, Addison resident Mac Parker is working to do what he can to erase the black mark against his name.
MIDDLEBURY — The Open Door Clinic has opened its doors to a new executive director — Heidi Sulis, who takes the helm of the county’s free medical center during a period of unprecedented growth.
Sulis takes over for former Director Julie Arel, who recently stepped down to become director of New England Rural Health Roundtable, a nonprofit that among other things identifies, researches and advocates for rural health issues.
MONTPELIER (AP) — Vermont became the first state in the country last week to let people without health insurance see how much they could have to pay to get coverage through the federal health overhaul beginning next year.
The state on April 1 released the proposed rates that would be charged for a variety of coverage levels through the state’s health insurance marketplace. The rates range from an average high of about $1,700 a month for a family to an average of $745 for catastrophic coverage — only available to people under age 30 — for a family.
MIDDLEBURY — Work on Shoreham’s new town office building is proceeding nicely, and the 2,000-square-foot structure should be ready to accommodate municipal staff and records before the end of this spring.
“It’s going well,” Shoreham Selectman Sandy Witherell said on Thursday of construction at the worksite on the town green, near the current town office building.
“I will be very happy when it’s done.”
ADDISON COUNTY — Dancing, a long-celebrated source of socialization, exercise and simple fun, can be a great outlet for people of all ages.
In Addison County, opportunities to go out dancing may be more plentiful than you think. Community centers and town halls have for many decades offered public dances, often contra dances, swing dances or square dances.