SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents will field a 2020 town meeting warning that includes multiple financial requests and referenda, including an article seeking $30,000 for a study to determine if the town-owned Farnham property is appropriate for quarrying. Shoreham officials have been seeking residents’ input on how to use a 312-acre piece of town-owned land in the village area, believing it could accommodate a variety of uses, including affordable housing, a nature trail and/or a small commercial development. In 1999 Shoreham residents voted 271-58 to purchase the Farnham land for $130,000....
STARKSBORO — Starksboro will hold its annual meeting in the Robinson Elementary School multipurpose room on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 9 a.m. Voting by Australian ballot to elect town and school district officers, approve the unified school district and regional technical school budgets, and choose presidential primary candidates will take place on Tuesday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., also at the Robinson School. At Saturday's town meeting, Starksboro voters are asked to approve $1,036,072 in General Fund town spending next year, a 1.7% increase. If approved, contributions to the Fire...
VERGENNES — As well as expressing their preferences in the Presidential primary, on March 3 Vergennes residents will decide among four candidates for three seats on the city council. Seeking office are two council incumbents, Deputy Mayor Lynn Jackson Donnelly and Alderman David Austin, and two seeking to become councilors for the first time, Tara Brooks and Rebecca Rey. Vergennes also has competition for an open seat to represent the city on the Addison Northwest School District board. Martha DeGraaf and Jena Santa Maria are running to fill the vacancy created when ANWSD Board Chairwoman Sue...
WALTHAM — Waltham residents from the floor of town meeting on Monday, March 2, will pick a new selectboard member and decide on town spending measures. On Tuesday, March 3, Waltham voters will cast their ballots on the proposed Addison Northwest School District budget and on Presidential primary preferences. Both Monday’s town meeting and Tuesday’s Australian balloting will be held at Waltham Town Hall. Monday’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m., and voting on March 3 will run from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. On that Monday night nominations will be accepted from the floor for an open seat on the Waltham...
WEYBRIDGE — This year’s Weybridge town meeting is shaping up as a straightforward affair. The nine-article warning features the usual financial requests, with the exception of a $190,000 ask to buy a new tandem plow truck for the highway department. The selectboard is pitching a highway department budget of $519,400 for fiscal year 2021. That’s up slightly from the $511,900 in spending that voters approved for the current year. The general fund request comes in at $169,480, which is up around $12,630, or 8%, from the current $156,850 spending plan. Other requests on the town meeting warning...
WHITING — After daylong March 3 voting on proposed Otter Valley Unified Union School District spending and casting ballots in the Presidential primary, Whiting residents will gather in Whiting Town Hall to debate and decide on town spending and choose town officers. Australian balloting will run in Whiting Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The town’s annual meeting will convene in town hall at 7:15 p.m., and decisions on town issues will be made from the floor of the meeting. The selectboard has proposed $359,242.50 in spending for the upcoming fiscal year, of which taxpayers would fun $277,522...

PAUL CARLILE, AN American Canoe Association certified instructor, executes a technical roll in his whitewater kayak in a style commonly used by sea kayakers during a Vermont Paddlers Club workout at the Mount Abraham Union High School pool on Feb. 12. Independent photo/Abagael Giles
BRISTOL — On a recent Wednesday night, Paul Carlile of Burlington sat in his blue whitewater kayak in the swimming pool at Mount Abraham Union High School, nose plugs engaged and ready to demonstrate the perfect roll. Designed to help whitewater kayakers navigate the sort of steep, technical stream that runs cold and fast from Vermont’s Green Mountains in the spring, his boat showed the signs of wear and love. A network of scratches ran along its sides, battle scars from past adventures running streams at high water. On that snowy night, Carlile, an American Canoe Association-certified...

ADDISON COUNTY RESIDENTS will soon join folks in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories in fulfilling the reporting requirements of the 2020 federal census. Pictured here is a census-taker’s badge that was worn in 1900 by an ancestor of Independent reporter John Flowers.
MIDDLEBURY — Local, state and federal officials are working hard to maximize public participation in what since 1790 has become a decennial ritual in the United States — the federal census. It’s an exercise designed to yield key demographic information that will help determine the amount of aid communities receive and how they are represented in government. Mandated by Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution, the federal census used to be extremely labor intensive and fraught with paperwork. As has been the case for decades, people can still fulfill their census responsibilities through a hard...

SALISBURY RESIDENT ELLIE Bishop is running for a seat on the Addison Central School District Board.
SALISBURY — Ellie Bishop has gotten to know the Addison Central School District through the educational experiences of her four children, currently attending grades kindergarten through 9. Now the Salisbury resident hopes to get a direct say in how the district’s schools are run as a member of the Addison Central School District Board. Bishop, 32, is challenging incumbent Jennifer Nuceder for Salisbury’s lone seat on the 13-member board. It’s one of two races for that panel, which governs the elementary schools in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge, as...

VERGENNES — Late last month Addison Northwest School District Superintendent Sheila Soule told the school board that she would be leaving the job at the end of the school year. But last week she signed a contract to spend two more years as ANWSD’s top administrator. Soule did not point to one specific thing that changed her mind, but said board members were very supportive of her and they truly want what is best for the students in the district and for the community. “I also really care about what happens in ANWSD and want to do everything I can to ensure our students retain all of the...


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