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Ripton eyes two votes for school plan

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



UPDATE 1/23/12: This story has a major inaccuracy: Due to a calculation error by Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU), the proposed 2012-2013 Ripton Elementary School spending plan will not require two votes at town meeting after all. Please see the end of the article for more details, and stay tuned for an article with updated ACSU budget information.

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VUES board seeks 0.5% budget hike

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union Elementary School board on Monday made final a decision to put before voters on Town Meeting Day a $3.91 million budget proposal for 2012-13 that would increase current spending by $20,500, or 0.5 percent.

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials are cautiously optimistic that spending proposal, combined with the recently proposed $8.97 million Vergennes Union High School spending plan, would lead to little or no school tax hikes in the three towns served by VUES.

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Group eyes Middlebury business

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) wants to hear local business owners’ views on the challenges and advantages of operating in Addison County’s shire town, so that future changes can be made to improve local commerce.

With that in mind, the BMP is circulating its second survey of the winter, this one featuring 32 questions polling Middlebury business owners on their impressions of municipal services, help they might need to become more prosperous, and what local events seem to best stimulate customer traffic.

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Bristol reorganizes budget lines

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard at their Monday meeting continued ironing out a proposed town spending plan for the next fiscal year, addressing budgets for the recreation department, the Lawrence Memorial Library and the town’s waste disposal programs.

The recreation department spending plan for next fiscal year, which has not yet been finalized, is likely to see a noticeable hike, according to Town Administrator Bill Bryant.

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Report mailing, rec money on city ballot

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Jan. 10 adopted two articles for voter consideration on Town Meeting Day: one that would devote $37,000 to improvements to the city’s recreation area and another that would end the practice of mailing annual reports to every Vergennes household.

Aldermen also discussed adopting a conflict of interest policy, possibly at their next meeting, set for Jan. 31, and broadened their search for a new police station site.

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Weather: Wet, wild 2011 finished on warm note

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain and even some hail pummeled Addison County residents this past year.

“We had a lot of extremes, mostly in precipitation,” said Nathan Foster, the observing program leader for the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Burlington office. “It was one of our wettest years on record for Vermont.”

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ANeSU elementary schools set their budgets

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



ADDISON COUNTY — While all proposed spending plans for Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) elementary schools next fiscal year are slated to increase more than 4 percent, school officials are estimating that many towns’ kindergarten through sixth grade tax rates would go down.

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Dates set for 2012 legislative breakfast series

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Addy Indy Staff



ADDISON COUNTY — The Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau will launch the first in its annual legislative breakfast series on Monday, Feb. 6, beginning at 7 a.m. in the Bridport Grange Hall.

The legislative breakfast series has enjoyed a long tradition in Addison County, offering residents a weekly opportunity to personally meet with their state representatives and senators on legislation being debated in Montpelier. As has been the custom, the breakfasts will rotate between various public venues throughout the county.

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Bixby Library looks to its second century

Posted on January 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — As the Bixby Memorial Free Library prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday in October, the library’s director and board are also taking steps to keep the Vergennes institution relevant for its second century.

In the next few months, the Bixby will automate its card catalog, receive computer hardware and software as part of the e-Vermont grant the library helped Vergennes win, run computer literacy workshops, and on Town Meeting Day survey residents of the five communities it serves.

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Middlebury moves toward public Wi-Fi

Posted on January 16, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — If all goes as planned, lounging on the Middlebury town green this summer could include checking emails, reading Wikipedia or watching YouTube videos on any Wi-Fi enabled device.

That’s because the downtown public Wi-Fi project that has been examined on and off over the past few years looks to be picking up steam.

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