January 16th, 2014
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board last week adopted a budget proposal for the 2014-2015 school year that calls for a spending increase of almost 11 percent to $3.62 million and adds a new teacher — one not recommended by administrators — to help handle a large blended 5th- and 6th-grade class.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted 5-1 to endorse a term sheet outlining a $7.5 million deal between Middlebury College and the town that would culminate in construction of a new municipal building and recreation center.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard on Monday heard budget proposals for the landfill, solid waste and fire departments, as the board edged closer to finalizing a 2014-2015 spending plan that it will put before voters for approval in March.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectman Travis Forbes threatened to resign from his position late last week after leveling a breach-of-contract dispute against the town’s Public Works Department. Forbes alleged that department officials improperly rejected road sand from the Forbes family’s company — Case Street Redi-Mix Inc. — and instead ordered product from a different company, in spite of the fact that Case Street Redi-Mix had won the bid to supply the town’s sand this winter.
MONKTON — Vermont State Police are investigating a rash of thefts in the early hours of Jan. 13 that targeted both homes and vehicles across two counties.
Police believe the three burglaries and five larcenies that occurred in the towns of Charlotte and Monkton are related.
MIDDLEBURY — Wanted: A community-minded citizen with no long-term political ambitions willing to serve a three-week stint on the Middlebury selectboard that will end on Town Meeting Day, March 4.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After reconvening for the new session, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have found themselves again gridlocked over a new federal farm bill.
When Congress got back to business Jan. 6, some members expressed a belief that a new bill could be sent to President Obama before the Martin Luther King Jr. Day break. But those hopes were dashed as a new bill will not make it out of the 41-member conference committee to the floors of the House and Senate before members head home at the end of this week.
MIDDLEBURY — After more than three decades of improving quality of life for senior citizens throughout the region, Neil Gruber is suspending his career to provide some much-needed TLC on the home front.
Gruber, 61, has resigned his post as top administrator of Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (HPHRC) in order to spend more time with his wife, Joanne, who is battling what he called a “life-limiting illness.”