Town & School Election Results

by Middletown Springs on March 6, 2019

The Middletown Springs Town Meeting had a remarkably low turnout: 66 in attendance at the Monday informational meeting, and 246 votes cast in Tuesday’s election. This was well below the 321 and 349 of the past two Town Meetings.
For those Town elected offices with candidates standing, all candidates were elected, receiving at least 80% of the votes cast. Congratulations to Kimberly Bushnell (Moderator), Debra House (Delinquent Tax Collector), Terry Redfield and Patty Kenyon (Selectboard), Pat Hemenway (Lister), Juanita Burch-Clay (Auditor), and Beth Miller (Library Trustee and Trustee of Public Monies).
For those Town offices with no candidates on the ballot, the write-ins have been tallied, and the Selectboard will contact the leading vote-getters to ascertain their interest in serving.
For the Wells Springs school district, a total of 445 votes were cast across Middletown Springs and Wells. The proposed budget passed by 223 to 152. The four School District Board seats were all run unopposed, and all four named candidates won at least 79% of the votes cast. Congratulations to George Gonda and Rachel Martelle of Middletown Springs, and Courtney Bishop and Eric Montbriand of Wells.
All of the Middletown Springs Town articles passed. In detail, expressed in #yes/#no, and not counting blanks:
2: Auditors’ report—228/14
3: Town general budget—174/69
4: Town highway budget—179/63
5: Tax Stabilization fund—180/61
6: surplus to Town Facilities fund—168/71
7: Rutland Sheriff’s Dep’t—137/103
8: Poultney Rescue Squad—217/27
9: First Response—218/26
10: Rutland Area Visiting Nurse—202/40
11: Green-Up Day— 208/37
12: Community Care/Rutland Mental Health—178/62
13: SW VT Council on Aging—185/56
14: BROC—173/69
15: VT Center for Independent Living— 175/63
16: VT Rural Fire Protection—196/40
17: Poultney Community League—161/69
18: Rutland Regional Ambulance—200/36
19: Middletown Springs Fire Department—163/75
20: NewStory/Rutland Women’s Shelter—178/58
21: Rutland Humane Society—180/54
22: RSVP/Volunteer Center—156/79
23: Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources—163/74
24: NeighborWorks—148/87
25: ARC—160/73
26: Rutland Parent/Child Center—159/75
27: VT Association for the Blind—178/56
28: American Red Cross—175/64
29: Mentor Connector— 146/90
30: Child First Advocacy Center—182/60
31: Pleasant View Cemetery Ass’n—195/49
32: Regional Marketing Initiative—143/95
33: Middletown Memorial Day Parade— 193/48
34: Front Porch Forum—180/63
Thanks to a great team of election workers for a tightly-run day.

2019 Town Meeting – Candidates!

by Middletown Springs on February 20, 2019

2019 Town Meeting – Candidates Running for office on the 2019 Town Meeting Ballot

Voting at the Historical society dining room – Tuesday March 5, 2019

As you will see there are a number of important positions that are lacking candidates and we have no contested races. If you are interested in serving in any of the positions on the ballot, please consider a write-in campaign. It’s easy to get the word out through Front Porch Forum and within your social networks. Any and all positions are open to a write-in campaign, but it would be great to see some interest in the empty positions.

If you have questions about what a position entails, you can visit the state’s website here –, reach out to a current office holder, or connect with a selectboard member.

Serving your community is a great way to give back and to get a better understanding of what it takes to run our town. Our community is strengthened by those who are willing to serve.


Town Moderator (1 year term)            Kimberly Bushnell

Town Agent (1 year term)                      No Candidate

First Constable (1 year term)                No Candidate

Delinquent Tax Collector (remaining 2 years of 3 year term)       Debra A. House

Selectboard (2 year term)                     Terry A. Redfield

Selectboard (3 year term)                     Patty Kenyon

Lister (3 year term)                                Patricia Hemenway

Auditor (3 year term)                            Juanita (Nita) Burch-Clay

Library Trustee (3 year term)              Elizabeth (Beth) Miller

Town Grand Juror (1 year term)         No Candidate

Trustee of Copeland Church Fund (1 year term)                     No Candidate

Trustees of Copeland Cemetery Fund (1 year term)     3 positions open – No Candidates

Trustees of Louis Fund & Other Public Monies (remaining year of 3 year term)      Elizabeth (Beth) Miller

Planning Commission (3 year term)   No Candidate



Unofficial Election Results, November 6, 2018

November 7, 2018

For the most up-to-date statewide results, please go to . Middletown Springs had the highest vote turnout in memory, with 460 voters coming through the polling center. By comparison, the presidential election of November 2016 had 420 voters. Thanks to everyone who turned out to vote, and who did the work of registering new voters over […]

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Register to Vote

October 15, 2018

New to town or newly 18… register to vote. Voter registration forms available at the Town Clerk’s Office and at the Library,  or register online with the Secretary of State.  Deadline to register to vote is November 6.  If you would like to make sure your name is on the checklist, the Secretary of State […]

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Author Yvonne Daley Reads…

October 3, 2018

“Going Up the Country” AUTHOR YVONNE DALEY READS FROM HER BOOK October 14, 2 pm At the Middletown Springs Historical Society “Going Up the Country”, is part oral history, part nostalgia-tinged narrative, and part clear-eyed analysis of the multi-faceted phenomenon collectively referred to as the counterculture movement in Vermont. Yvonne will read from her book […]

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Vermont Plants talks at the Library

August 7, 2018

Going Local: Vermont Plants Sunday Afternoons at the Library Series “Wild things that make my heart sing” Wild herbs and other edibles in our community July 9 at 2 p.m. Presented by Leslie Silver “Natives in your garden” Tips on incorporating natives in your garden, especially pollinating gardens, and landscaping. July 22 at 2 p.m. […]

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Strawberry Festival – June 24

June 11, 2018

Shortcake is the centerpiece of the Strawberry Festival Local artists, craftsmakers and musicians will join  Historical Society volunteers to present the 43nd Annual Middletown Springs Strawberry Festival. Admission is free. Strawberry lovers are invited on Sunday, June 24 from 2 to 4 pm to the Historical Society on the Green.  The festival features delicious strawberry shortcake made […]

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Maple Festival Offers Sweet Fun

March 8, 2018

  Maple lore & demonstrations, sweet treats from local kitchens, a raffle and a silent auction featuring local artists and craftspersons, merchants and professionals highlight the 30th Annual Maple Festival of the Middletown Springs Historical Society on Sunday, March 18 from 1-4 pm. The event will feature a demonstration of early maple sugarmaking in a cast […]

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Unofficial Town Meeting Vote Counts

March 8, 2018

Here are the unofficial Town Meeting vote counts from Tuesday’s election, on a total vote count of 320, a little low compared to last year’s Town Meeting of 349. The short report is all Ballot Articles passed. Laura Castle was re-elected as Town Clerk. All unopposed candidates all won. There were a number of write-ins […]

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Pie For Breakfast – March 10

February 6, 2018

Spring must be coming, the trustees at the Middletown Springs Public Library are once again serving up PIE for BREAKFAST!  On Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8am-11am, they will be serving up PIE with tea, coffee, or juice. The slices are cut thin so it is easy to try many different varieties. Pies are both […]

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