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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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Ferrisburgh board adopts budget; taxes seen stable

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday approved a roughly $1.619 million town budget for fiscal year 2013, but on Town Meeting Day Ferrisburgh voters will have the option of adding up to $79,000 to that bottom line.

The selectboard’s spending proposal does not include about $29,000 of charitable donations that Ferrisburgh residents typically back in March, plus two articles that would create capital funds: $30,000 for the town’s fire department and $30,000 for the public works department.

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Artist perseveres following brain injury

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Kyle Finck



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MIDDLEBURY — In 1996, Robert Gold was blind sided by oncoming pickup truck as he sat at an intersection in Manchester, N.H. The accident left him with traumatic brain injuries that ended his lucrative dental practice and drove friends and family away.

But the accident gave Gold, now a Middlebury resident, a second life as a self-taught artist. Although he can no longer wield the tools of his former trade, Gold has turned to a vocation where he combines photography and painting to create works of beauty in a unique style.

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Mary Hogan school mulls playground future

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board is considering a comprehensive makeover of Mary Hogan Elementary School’s recreation areas, an initiative boosters will likely complete in phases using grants, donations and volunteer labor.

David Raphael, principal of Middlebury-based LandWorks, on Monday presented Middlebury’s ID-4 board with some ideas for replacing the aging-but-popular Kidspace apparatus while adding some new amenities and landscaping.

The board liked what it saw, according to ID-4 board Chairwoman Karen Lefkoe.

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Ferrisburgh school budget set

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday approved a roughly $1.619 million town budget for fiscal year 2013, but on Town Meeting Day Ferrisburgh voters will have the option of adding up to $79,000 to that bottom line.

The selectboard’s spending proposal does not include about $29,000 of charitable donations that Ferrisburgh residents typically back in March, plus two articles that would create capital funds: $30,000 for the town’s fire department and $30,000 for the public works department.

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ACSU school budgets unveiled

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Residents in the Addison Central Supervisory Union towns of Bridport, Cornwall, Ripton, Shoreham, Salisbury and Weybridge will soon vote on 2012-2013 elementary school spending plans that in many cases reflect small increases in spending but decreases in education property taxes.

The proposed budgets, according to ACSU interim Superintendent Gail Conley, show a commitment by school directors to keep expenses low.

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Leicester selectboard

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



LEICESTER — On Town Meeting Day in March, Leicester voters will see a ballot with two open selectboard spots.

Incumbent Ron Fiske will be running to reclaim his two-year position on the selectboard, but longtime board member Robert Oliver will step down once his three-year term has ended, bidding farewell to the board after 19 years.

Oliver said he is retiring after more than 40 years of service to the town between the school board and selectboard.

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McKibben capitalizes on pipeline rejection

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By Kyle Finck



RIPTON — Bill McKibben had reason to celebrate last week after President Obama rejected a proposed massive pipeline that would have shipped oil from Canada to Texas. He was a prominent force in opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

But the Ripton-based environmental activist isn’t taking a rest. McKibben and 500 protesters plan to march on Capital Hill Tuesday adorned in referee outfits.

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GMP's Powell touts advantages of merger

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell believes her company’s proposed merger with Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CVPS) will stabilize utility rates, save customers $500 million during the next 20 years and make the state a stronger place to do business.

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Frost: From Mt. Abe marching band to making movie music

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John S. McCright



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NEW HAVEN — As a very young child in New Haven, Julie Frost showed she had a great sense of rhythm and was drawn to music, recalled her mother, Jean Stilley.

“She loved to be part of family sing-alongs,” Stilley said.

Stilley and Frost’s father, Ted Wesley, gave Julie a guitar at age six, which she took to. She also learned a little piano and played the clarinet in the marching band at Mount Abraham Union High School.

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