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Court upholds Vergennes election recount

Posted on March 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Superior Court Judge Helen Toor on Thursday ruled against incumbent Vergennes Union Elementary School board director Cheryl Brinkman’s appeal of her 239-238 Town Meeting Day election loss to challenger Susan Ferland.

That tally had been confirmed by a March 12 Board of Civil Authority recount, but city officials also acknowledged a transcription error that day resulted in confusion over the total amount of votes cast.

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Middlebury selectboard gets first new chief in 15 years

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



MIDDLEBURY — At the Middlebury selectboard’s Tuesday meeting, members elected a new chairman for the first time in more than a decade and a half.

Longtime vice chairman Dean George was elected chairman, a position previously occupied by John Tenny, who retired last week after more than 16 years of service. George had held the vice chair position for more than a decade, and the board chose Victor Nuovo as its new vice chairman.

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VUES board candidates state their cases

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Elementary School board candidates Cheryl Brinkman and Susan Ferland were also given the opportunity to speak at Feb. 23 candidates’ forum hosted by American Legion Post 14.

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Selectboard race shapes up in Bristol

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — Three candidates will vie for two seats on the Bristol selectboard in Town Meeting Day voting on March 6.

While current selectboard Chair Joel Bouvier is running uncontested for his second three-year term, incumbent Sharon Compagna, running for her a two-year term, will face competition from Tim Heffernan.

Compagna has been on the board since 2007, when she was appointed to take the spot of her husband, Armand, who died that year. She won election to that seat on Town Meeting Day that year, and again in 2008 and 2010

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City residents to decide on change in petition rules

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen recently approved a city warning for March 6 balloting that includes articles that, if approved, would change the number of signatures petitioners would need to challenge elections, increase the base amount of money in a fund that supports recreation programs, and no longer require city officials to mail an annual report to all addresses.

Those topics are also warned for discussion at the annual city meeting on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vergennes Opera House.

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Vergennes sees race for council

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — In March, Vergennes residents could choose to replace half the members of the city council.

Three multi-term incumbents all filed for re-election before Monday’s deadline — David Austin, Lowell Bertrand and Clara “Ziggy” Comeau.

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Bristol budget would raise taxes 6 percent

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard took out its budgetary scalpel at its Monday meeting to further shave down a fiscal year 2013 municipal spending plan.

But despite the board cutting an additional $6,000 from the budget that evening, they OK’d a 2012-2013 spending plan that would result in an increase of $96,647, or 5.96 percent, in the amount to be raised by taxes.

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Addison clerk opts to step down

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — Longtime Addison Town Clerk Jane Grace recently announced her intention to step down after more than 40 years on the job.

Grace told the selectboard that she would stay on until the end of 2012. The board put money in its proposed 2012-2013 town budget to bring a second assistant into the town office so there will be two trained employees ready to go at the end of the year. Assistant clerk Marilla Webb has served in that capacity for many years.

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Local selectboard races abound

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury isn’t the only Addison Central Supervisory Union community that will feature some spirited local elections. A survey of the six surrounding towns with which Middlebury partners for school services shows some looming contests for selectboard, school board and other offices.

Candidates for local office had until the end of this past Monday, Jan. 30, in which to file nomination papers to get on their respective Town Meeting Day ballots.

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Five candidates file papers for two seats in county's shire town

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Recent elections for the Middlebury selectboard have gone wanting for candidates.

Not this year.

Middlebury’s Town Meeting Day ballot will feature six candidates vying for three vacancies on the selectboard, races that will include three incumbents and several familiar faces.

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