POULTNEY-The Shaw's grocery store in Poultney has a new owner. A
group of private investors, led by Cerberus Capital Management,
recently purchased a number of national grocery chains, including
the 19 Shaw's stores in Vermont. There are no immediate plans to
close any of the Vermont stores or lay off any workers.
CASTLETON-The rules on building use may change in Castleton,
adding to approved uses in the residential zone on the north and
south sides of the college. Currently, the zoning code only permits
one- and two-family homes, day cares, and temporary lodging.
Proposed changes would let Castleton State College use the Reinfort
house, north of the Science Center on South Street, for office
space under a conditional use stipulation; the college would like
to put its admissions office in the building. The structure is
adjacent to the college zone boundary.
Should the college be confined within its designated zone? Some
people may think so. Some may object to the town losing tax income
for college-used properties. The Planning Commission plans to hold
a public hearing on the proposal.
CASTLETON-The Castleton-Hubbardton school board may combine
Castleton Elementary and Castleton Village schools into one
building for greater efficiency. Currently, the sixth through
eighth graders from both Castleton and Hubbardton attend the
Village school while younger students stay in their respective
towns. But a petition presented by Castleton resident Frank Taggert
calls for merging the two schools at the Castleton Elementary site;
Taggert is also pushing for the Village school to be used to hold
the Castleton town offices, a change that might calm community
tensions related to the offices' relocation.
However, Hubbardton must be part of whatever decision is made
because Hubbardton has a "vested interest" in the Village School;
if the school were sold to the town, Hubbardton must receive part
of the payment.
PAWLET-Northeast Community Solar is considering expanding its
planned solar initiative in Pale to more than three times its
initial project size. As proposed, the property just north of
Pawlet was to generate 150 kilowatts; an upgrade would increase
production to 500.
Banks were uninterested in a 150 kilowatt project, according to
Northeast Community Solar president Gene Bertsche. The estimated
project cost rises from $750,000 to $1.3 million. The enlarged
project places about 2,000 solar panels on 4.5 acres of a 9-acre
property on Route 30, barely south of the Wells town line.
RE-VOTE ON SCHOOL BUDGET
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS-The school board trimmed about $4,000 from the
proposed school budget and is ready to submit the revised budget to
voters. The re-worked budget is 3 percent above the current budget
of $1,936,623, or $1,994,899, for fiscal year 2013-14. That may not
be enough. At the March town meeting, Middletown Springs voters
turned down a budget that was only 3.4 percent above this year's...
The initial budget failed by only four votes.
The town school educates 77 pupils from preschool through sixth
grade; its health insurance costs were expected to rise 14 percent,
although it now appears they will be up only 10 percent.
Voters will vote on the new budget on Tuesday, April 30, at the
town Fire House following an April 29 informational meeting at the
town elementary school.
LIBRARY BECOMES NON-PROFIT
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS-The federal government has officially given
non-profit (501[c]3) status to the Friends of the Middletown
Springs Public Library. As a charitable organization, it can now
accept tax deductible financial contributions, donations or
endowments. The town library benefits from all contributions to the
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
CASTLETON- Elementary teacher Martha Clifford's class has been
participating in the Big Change Round Up, raising money for Vermont
Children's Hospital from Feb. 15 to March 5. The group exceeded its
$700 goal, raising $844. Congratulations!
FAIR HAVEN-Fair Haven High has a new drama coach, Ms. Michele
Perry. Students met for the first time on March 20.
FHGS band students recently joined their district peers to put
together an evening concert at Fair Haven Union High School.
David Gringeri of West Haven recently finished number five in the
teen division of the state 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl, earning the right
to compete at the New England Regional 4-H Horse Contests in New
Hampshire in October. Other local 4-Hers who made high scores
include Catherine Thrasher of Rupert, in the 12- and 13-year-old