A face of hope

Burlington resident Judy Bratz shows photos of family members she has lost to various life-threatening conditions, including her daughter to complications from birth defects and her brother- and sister-in-law to cancer. Bratz, who helps run the Hope Walk, is sharing her own personal reasons for becoming involved. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

Judy Bratz has walked a difficult path in becoming a Hope Walk leader   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer                   Judy Bratz’s journey with the Burlington Hope Walk began before the event was even a thought in someone’s head.                   It was January of 1983 when Bratz and her daughter, […]


City relaxes residency rule for chief

City relaxes residency rule for chief

He’ll now pay the cost of commuting to city   By Ed Nadolski Editor in chief Saddled with a home in another community that has lingered on the market for two years, City of Burlington Police Chief Peter Nimmer was recently granted some relief from the city’s residency requirement and […]


Coffin’s corner

Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin (in front) performs with the Karcher Middle School vocal jazz choir while at the school Tuesday. Coffin performed with both the middle school jazz choir and jazz band, and performed a clinic as well. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

Acclaimed musician finds special connection with local students   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer                   To listen to Jeff Coffin talk, you wouldn’t suspect the man is a Grammy-award winning artist, much less the saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band.                   In fact, if you dropped in on his master […]


City sympathetic to clear-cut mandate

But officials say they’re powerless to help residents   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer Burlington residents Don Howell and Mike Caringello aren’t alone in their opinion that the American Transmission Company shouldn’t touch their trees. But the support from Mayor Bob Miller comes with an obvious caveat – there’s nothing […]


Stein said to be considering site in Burlington

Company withdraws from proposed seasonal store site in Waterford By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief Could Waterford’s loss be Burlington’s gain? That likely depends on where you stand regarding competition for local businesses. However, City Administrator Kevin Lahner made it clear Tuesday that officials here would welcome a seasonal Stein […]


Council approves bond sale to fund road construction

By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer The City of Burlington is on track for a $3.19 million general obligation bonds sale that would fund road construction and repair in the city. Common Council members voted unanimously to take the first step in selling those bonds at the April 4 meeting, with […]


Performance-based pay introduced at School Board meeting

By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer The Burlington Area School District Board got its first introduction to what district officials stressed was a “rough draft” of a new compensation system for its teachers Monday night at the monthly board meeting. The draft was handed out to board members before the meeting, […]


Power company plans to clear cut trees, bushes to protect lines

Power company plans to clear cut trees, bushes to protect lines

Residents say it’s unnecessary and they’ll protect their property     It’s a change in policy that American Transmission Company readily admits to – and will not budge from. “We have updated our vegetation management in recent years,” said Ann Spalpholz, a media relations person from ATC regarding the company’s […]


Man arrested after roommate calls police to report drug deal

A City of Burlington man is facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges after his new roommate called the cops to complain April 5 that a drug deal was going down in her home. Lawrence Otto, 20, is facing a Class I felony charge of possession of narcotic drugs, second offense, […]


School Board sends out layoff notices

Seniority no longer a deciding factor in which teachers go By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer When the Burlington Area School District issued layoff notices in 2009, there was an uproar over the possible cut of Project-Based Learning at Karcher Middle School – because teacher Cyndi Smith was low on the […]


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