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Vote in Nov. 7 Special Election (Early Voting Available)

Students who are registered to vote in Middlebury will be able to exercise their civic duty in a special election scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 7 at the Town Offices at 77 Main Street. Students are also able to vote early until Thursday November 2.  More information can be found here.

The election will consist of a single ballot measure: should the town charge Vermont Gas for three pipeline easements the company is seeking on town-owned property? For more information on Vermont Gas and its role in the pipeline, read this story by John Flowers in The Addison Independent.

In September, a Middlebury resident gathered more than the required number of signatures to force a special election on the issue.

Here is the official article that will appear on the ballot:

“Shall the legal voters of the Town of Middlebury approve the current Deed of Easement agreements as approved by the Select board at their meeting on June 27, 2017 and convey three land easements (one behind the town office and Ilsley library, one near Mr. Ups Restaurant, and one on Mill Street) to Vermont Gas Systems?”

An informational meeting will be held prior to the election on November 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary Hogan Elementary School cafeteria/gymnasium, located at 201 Mary Hogan Drive. More information can be found here.

Apply to Serve on HOPE’s Board of Trustees

Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is seeking a student to serve on their board of trustees.

Applications for the position can be accessed here.

The board of trustees meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at 282 Boardman Street in Middlebury. Please email questions and completed applications to Jeanne Montross at jmontross@hope-vt.org.

You may also mail applications to:

Jeanne Montross, HOPE

P.O. Box 165

Middlebury, VT

05753

About HOPE:

HOPE is a Middlebury-based organization that “assists low income individuals and families in many ways, depending on their needs and circumstances” throughout Addison County. Their services include providing meals through their food shelf, hosting cooking classes, providing financial assistance with housing and utilities, helping with urgent medical and dental needs, and providing job-related assistance including tools, uniforms, and tests.

 

Apply to Join the Volunteer Service Organization Board

The Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) is currently looking for for individuals to join their board. Open positions include treasurer, site coordinators, and publicity chair. The application deadline is Sunday, October 15th.

The application can can be accessed here.

Please email questions and completed applications to vso@middlebury.edu.

About the positions: 

Treasurer:

  • Keep track of VSO spending
  • Periodically update executive board of monetary status
  • Create annual budget (due at end of spring semester)
  • Liaison between other members/projects and anything money-related
  • Co-lead at least 1 volunteer worksite (~3 hours Friday or Saturday) with VSO a semester

Site Coordinators (2)

  • Liaison between co-chair and publicity chairs
  • Lead 2 VSO Worksites (~3 hours Friday or Saturday) a semester where you will:
    • Act as contact person for off-campus organizations
    • Educate members about site/organization prior to event
    • Drive a college van to and from the site
    • Reflect on the work done prior to the event with event members


Publicity Chair

  • Maintain bulletin boards in McCullough with up-to-date information on special events, worksites, and long-term volunteering opportunities
  • Advertise major events via social media sites
  • Get your friends to sign up and get excited about VSO
  • Co-Lead at least 2 VSO worksites (~3 hours Friday or Saturday) a semester

About VSO:

The Volunteer Service Organization is the premier service group on the Middlebury College Campus. VSO participates in a variety of service activities, from carving pumpkins for the Helen Porter Nursing Home annual pumpkin lighting event to creating blankets used in the cold winter by Mothers Without Borders. Through VSO, volunteers are able to get involved in whatever service they enjoying doing or dipping their feet in the vast ocean of the plethora of community needs in the Middlebury and Addison County area. For more information on VSO, visit their webpage at go.middlebury.edu/vso.