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Robinson school principal hands in resignation letter

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Robinson Elementary School Principal Patrick Hartnett submitted his letter of resignation to the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union on March 6, indicating that he would step down at the end of the year. He also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to helm the Starksboro school for three years.

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Starksboro to revote Robinson school spending plan

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Starksboro residents will be the fourth group of voters in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union to revote their school budget.

After a group of town residents last week submitted a petition to the school board to force a second vote on the Robinson Elementary School spending plan for the coming fiscal year, the board tentatively scheduled the revote to be held at a May 2 meeting.

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Town Meeting Recap 2015: Starksboro

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



STARKSBORO — Residents in Starksboro on Saturday approved all municipal spending items as well as an amended budget for Robinson Elementary School at their annual meeting.

Voters said “yes” to a general fund budget that expends $740,210; after non-tax revenue of $209,050 and a previous surplus of $29,269, a total of $501,891 in taxes will be required. That total spending figure is 1.96 percent less than the budget for the present fiscal year.

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Starksboro residents vie for Robinson School Board board seat

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — In the only contested race on Starksboro’s Town Meeting Day ballot, a newcomer is challenging the chair of the Robinson Elementary School board.

Longtime educator Nancy Cornell faces incumbent Bonita Bedard for the three-year seat on the board.

Cornell, 62, said she has been involved in the Starksboro community for many years and her experience working in schools would be an asset to the board.

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Town Meeting Preview 2015: Starksboro

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



STARKSBORO — Residents in Starksboro will convene on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. for the annual town and school meeting, during which they will consider 12 articles.

Voters will elect town officials and decide school budgets by Australian ballot on March 3. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the elementary school.

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Two key conservation areas expanded

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH/STARKSBORO — Wildlife enthusiasts in northern Addison County have something to be excited about. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently closed on properties that will expand two popular wildlife management areas (WMAs).

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Starksboro mentors keep skill-building afloat

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Alice Dubenetsky



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STARKSBORO — This summer, Stephen Ahern taught Isaiah Szczecienski how to build a skin boat. The two worked all summer — using nearly all donated materials — making plans, bending wood and tying the “skin” to the frame to make a watertight canoe, fit for its maiden voyage on Lake Iroquois. The two presented their completed project to the students and staff of Robinson School at a weekly MARS (Meeting At Robinson School) gathering.

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Area towns struggle to comply with new public records law

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON/STARKSBORO — Two Addison County towns have found different answers to a challenge posed by revisions the Legislature made to Vermont’s Open Meeting Law this past session, a challenge shared by a number of towns statewide.

Vermont towns have always been required to make available drafts of meeting minutes within five days. The revised law also requires towns with websites to post those draft minutes online in that same timeframe.

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Starksboro man bit woman during argument, police say

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



STARKSBORO — A Starksboro man on Tuesday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to domestic assault-related charges, stemming from an Aug. 30 incident at a Starksboro home during which he allegedly bit a woman with whom he was having a dispute.

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Common Ground Center marks two decades

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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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.

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