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      Meeting on School Funding

      The Canaan Select Board has been leading a proposal to change the way towns in the Mascoma School District fund schools. You may have read about it in the Valley News. The plan put forward by Canaan would factor property valuations into the funding formula; the proposal maintains that this would cut Orange's taxes.

      An additional proposal would have school board members chosen by towns instead of the current at-large elections. This proposal would give the Orange representative a partial vote, while Canaan and Enfield would each receive two full votes.

      Canaan Adminitrator Mike Sampson announced a public meeting to discuss a specific proposal. The announcement states that "several town governments" have been discussing the proposal "for several weeks." As far as we know, Orange wasn't included in that discussion, though Orange Select Board members were asked to respond with their opinion on several questions in an email.

      The meeting will be be held Sunday, January 8 at 7 pm in Canaan Hall (Canaan Fairgrounds). You can see the draft plan here


      Bring Pix to the Party

      Don't forget, the Orange Christmas Party starts at 5pm December 11. The organizing committee is looking for photos taken at previous parties. If you have some, please show up an hour early at the Town House.


      Happy Winter! (and minutes)

      We haven't been in touch lately because of technical difficulties. The webmaster fixed everything by throwing his computer against the wall. Worked like a charm.

      Here are the last few Select Board minutes. 

      And here's a snowy picture of the Heinrichs meadow. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving.


      Voter Notice

      Beth DiFrancesco asked us to post this:

      The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet at the Orange Townhouse on Tuesday, November 1, from 6:00-6:30pm.

      NO changes to the checklist may be after this session until election day. 


      Select Board Minutes

      You'll find the approved minutes for August 23 here.