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June 14th, 2007

UD-3 teacher contract dispute settled

June 14, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — School board members and educators in the UD-3 school district have come to terms on a new, three-year contract that provides enough new money for teacher salary increases of 4 percent during each year of the pact.

The new contract — ratified by the UD-3 board on June 5 and by members of the Middlebury Union High School Teachers’ Association (MUHSTA) on Monday — will not result in any changes in the length of the academic year. It will also preserve the teachers’ current health care benefits, through which they are responsible for a 10-percent co-pay contribution to their Blue Cross-Blue Shield plan.

Union District No. 3 includes Middlebury Union Middlebury School and Middlebury Union High School, which employ a combined total of around 100 teachers. The contract will cover union and well as nonunion members. Those who have chosen not to be a part of MUHSTA will pay a fee for the negotiations/collective bargaining process.

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Early roots for Neshobe Farm Project

June 14, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — The fields at the Steinberg Farm in Brandon have been mostly fallow for 25 years. But Chuck Johnson and his California-based development firm, Elemental Development, which bought the 103 acres a few years ago, want to see those fields in bloom again.

This Friday at the Ball and Chain Café at 7 p.m., Johnson will present to the public the most current plans for that land just north of the Brandon Medical Center. He’s calling it the Neshobe Farm Project, a holistic community complete with varied housing, organic farming, open space, recreational trails and a community center.

“I went from calling it a sustainable community to a holistic community because what I’ve heard from Brandon is that they need economic development as much as housing, so we’re trying to create cottage industry, not leave anything out,” Johnson said.

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June 11th

Creative ideas for local economy

June 11, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury can strengthen its local economy by making better use of the Otter Creek; by becoming a center for alternative energy production and innovation; and by better harnessing the diverse strengths of its cultural, community and business assets.

Those were the conclusions of a group of more than 75 Middlebury residents who gathered at a June 5 forum to brainstorm ways to energize their town’s economy. It was the second of three scheduled “Creative Communities Program” forums, organized by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).

The VCRD this spring picked Middlebury to participate in the program, through which townspeople come up with a wide range of ideas to promote a more creative local economy. The council then helps townspeople pare their ideas down to the leading three, and provides them with professional guidance to bring those top ideas to fruition.

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Kimble tribute at Paramount

June 11, 2007

By HARRIETTE BRAINARD

BRANDON — Warren Kimble makes it a point to walk as much as he can, and to say, “Hello,” to everyone he sees whether he knows them or not, to include them in the community. The Brandon artist also stresses the need to involve young in the process of making decision about what goes on in a community.

“It is important that they know that they matter, that they are an important part of the community,” he said.

Beginning Saturday the Paramount Center in Rutland will let Kimble know that he is an important part of his community by kicking off a weeklong celebration in honor of Kimble’s contributions to the arts and community.

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NEAT TV

June 11, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — Will Nottingham, 17, is interested in making movies some day, most likely documentaries. “Working with video is something that I’m planning on going to college for and doing as a career,” he said.

In the meantime, the New Haven resident and a few other area teens are getting a lot of on-the-job training from Northeast Addison Television (NEAT), channel 16. The Bristol-based public access channel recently received a Successful Community Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to promote and expand its youth media program, which gives students like Nottingham a chance to see what the industry is like.

“We’ve got pretty active with young people here at the studio, but we’re always wanting to expand what they do,” said station director Mary Arbuckle, of the $8,040 grant that was announced in late May. “The grant will hopefully let us do that.”

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June 7th

A diploma ... 30 years later

June 7, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — After an accident five years ago that severed an artery in his heart, damaged his short-term memory and left him blinded for life, Jim Michaud decided to finish something he started more than 30 years ago: his high school education.

The South Starksboro resident dropped out of Mount Abraham Union High School during his junior year, when his family’s Lincoln home burned to the ground in 1977. At his mother’s urging, Michaud returned twice more to try and graduate. But he had already started a job at Shea Motors in Middlebury, and as he put it, school just “wasn’t for me.”

But this Saturday, on his 47th birthday, having finished the adult diploma program with Vermont Adult Learning, Michaud, complete with cap, gown, dark glasses and a cane, will process with the rest of the Mount Abe seniors to finally get that diploma.

“It’s about the only thing I’ve started and never finished,” he said.

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Here she is ...

June 7, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College junior Rachel Ann Cole entered the Miss Vermont pageant on a whim. Flipping through channels over winter break this year, she happened upon the Miss America pageant and just couldn’t stop watching.

She had participated in a pageant before. At two years old, her mother signed her up for one at the suggestion of a friend.

“I think I cried on stage and never did it again,” Cole said.

But this year, she signed herself up, developed a sturdy platform — “Building Bridges Through Literacy: Closing the Educational Gap” — and followed through.

On Sunday, at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Cole was crowned Miss Vermont 2007, a title that will take her to the Miss America Pageant next January.

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Changes to Mt. Abe busing fall short for the year

June 7, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — The school boards from the five Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) towns  of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro are creating a committee to study the district’s transportation needs and how to accommodate a longer school day at Mount Abraham Union High School.

But at a Tuesday evening meeting, the consensus among school board members was to not go forward in the coming school year with an administration-backed plan to achieve the longer day by doing separate bus runs for high school and elementary students.

“For this year, it’s not going to happen,” said Lanny Smith of New Haven, chairman of the Mount Abraham Union High School board. “The question is, should it be pursued in the future?”

The informal consensus to form a committee was reached during a meeting of the Mount Abe school board on Tuesday night, although members of ANeSU elementary school boards were present as well.

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