May 8th, 2014
BRANDON — Here we go again. Brandon residents defeated the proposed town budget on a re-vote Tuesday, 498-318.
It was a $3,218,670 proposed spending plan, with $2,613,995 to be raised by taxes, which represented a 12.2 percent tax increase.
While the original Town Meeting Day vote resulted in a 44 percent voter turnout, Tuesday’s vote only drew 29 percent of the electorate despite a mass mailing and selectboard members pounding the pavement.
VERGENNES — Residents of the five towns in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the second time on a budget for Vergennes Union High School.
In the first vote, on Town Meeting Day, voters rejected a 2014-2015 spending proposal of $9.73 million by a tally of 961-747. A majority of voters in each of ANwSU’s towns voted “no.”
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital’s Emergency Department is used to dealing with people with serious cuts, broken bones and other physical ailments.
But for the past few years, Porter’s ED has been asked to accommodate patients suffering from ailments that can’t be sutured, splinted or even seen.
MIDDLEBURY — It was indeed a tough, emotional day at Middlebury Union High School on Monday, as teachers, students and administrators grieved for two longtime members of their community who died over the weekend.
Longtime physics and math teacher and former football coach Carl Ciemniewski, 55, died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday while attending a boys’ varsity lacrosse home game. Then on Sunday came news that veteran para-educator Terry Gibbs had succumbed to illness at the age of 57.
STARKSBORO — Tucked away in the rolling hills and babbling brooks of Starksboro is one of Addison County’s better-kept secrets — but Jim Mendell doesn’t want it to stay that way.
Mendell and his wife, Peg Kamens, are co-founders of the Common Ground Center, a family recreation retreat on a sprawling 700-acre parcel that straddles the towns of Starksboro and Monkton. Since 1994, the nonprofit has hosted children’s camps, family retreats, private parties and school groups.
Standing With Your Diversified Occupation
Students at the Wall and Later
at the National Gallery
Some of them have never flown before,
crossed a border, slept away from home.
All of them can read a carved-in name,
trace a carving in a stone.
You’ve taught them to learn with
their hands, to go beyond themselves
when they can. To take their place
As Middlebury residents face a revote next Tuesday on its proposed $6.5 million municipal building/recreational center project, we tip our hats to the more civil nature of the debate this time around. Arguments have stuck to the core issue of the value of the buildings being proposed, their location and how well they will collectively serve the public.
Last Saturday was Green Up Day. Like hundreds of other people in Addison County, I set off down the road clutching a lime-green plastic garbage bag — the international symbol for “Look at me, I’m a Good Person.”
As I trudged along picking up O.P.T. (Other People’s Trash), drivers honked and gave me the thumbs up, and passing bikers and joggers yelled out thank yous. I may as well have been wearing a cape.