March 7th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents at their town meeting returned three of their incumbent selectmen to office and voted in favor of all the money requests on their ballot.
Incumbents Nick Artim, Gary Baker and Travis Forbes each won another three-year term on the board. Artim garnered the most votes with 437, followed by Baker with 434 and Forbes with 364. Finishing out of the running were challengers Ted Davis with 321 tallies and Eric Murray, who logged 224 votes.
MONKTON — Monkton voters on Town Meeting Day rejected two bonds related to their municipal facilities — one for the third time.
A $1 million bond to fund a new town hall and library on a parcel the town owns on Monkton Ridge was defeated by a margin of 287-225. Monkton voters also rejected a $120,000 bond for an extension to the fire facility on States Prison Hollow Road by just 12 votes, 260-248.
VERGENNES — At a Legislative Breakfast in Vergennes Monday, Addison County lawmakers served notice that residents this fall will begin to see a transition to a new federal health care system — and possibly a single-payer system four years down the road.
NEW YORK CITY — Three local police officers and two police canines are set to make cameos on an episode of “Golden Boy,” a new CBS television show that made its network debut on Feb. 26 and will next be seen this Friday at 9 p.m.
Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel and his dog, Akido; Vermont State Police Sergeant Eugene Duplissis and his canine, Argus; and Vergennes detective Jason Ouellette were all invited to New York City in October to film brief appearances in the show.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Search and Rescue bill, H.182, is moving forward through the Legislature. After substantially bolstering the bill proposed by a summer study committee, the House Government Operations committee last Thursday approved the bill and passed it on to the House Appropriations Committee.
Appropriations the next day voted out the bill with only a minor technical change.
BRISTOL — In the one contested selectboard race in Bristol on Tuesday, Brian Fox bested John Moyers, 509-354, for a three-year seat formerly held by Carol Wells.
Fox could not be reached for comment before press time on Wednesday. However, the lifelong Bristol resident told the Independent last month that he had considered a run for selectboard for a long time.
“I’ve always been fairly active in the community,” Fox said at the time.
MONTPELIER — Organic vegetable farmer and independent state Rep. Will Stevens of Shoreham has always sought to widen his horizons when it comes to agriculture.
He did that in a big way this past month during a 10-day trip to Cuba, where he got a first-hand glimpse of how farming is conducted on an island nation with scant resources and without a profit motive.
MIDDLEBURY — Until her death in 2006 at the age of 64, Chicago-area educator Bonnie Graham imparted the joy of reading to countless children, many of them hampered by learning challenges and other special needs.