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February 18th, 2016

Benefits, issues seen as ANwSU merger balloting nears

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — For the third time since 2005, residents of the five communities that make up Addison Northwest Supervisory Union will decide on March 1 if one board, not the current five, should run their four schools.

A yes vote on March 1 (Town Meeting Day) in all five towns would create the Addison Northwest Unified School District and a 12-member board to operate it, effective July 1, 2017, after a year of planning during which the existing ANwSU boards would still call the shots.

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State budget features $68M gap

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — State lawmakers and Gov. Peter Shumlin are trying to resolve a $68 million revenue shortfall in the fiscal year 2017 general fund budget. While state politicians agree on the magnitude of the financial problem, it’s clear that there is far from consensus on how to mop up the red ink.

Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, provided an update on the fiscal year 2017 budget at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Vergennes. Lanpher is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which considers funding requests for state agencies and programs.

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Middlebury Police Log for Feb. 18: Road rage incident under investigation

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a suspected road rage incident on Route 7 south on Feb. 12. The victim alleged that a vehicle cut him off, according to police. The victim confronted the driver, who allegedly slammed his car door against the victim’s hand, causing injury, police said. The case is still under investigation, according to authorities.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

• Ticketed a juvenile for being a minor in possession of tobacco on Middlebury Union High School property on Feb. 8.

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ACSU forum to focus on unification effort

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Independent this Sunday, Feb. 21, will co-sponsor a forum for candidates running for a new, 13-member school board that would represent a unified Addison Central unified school district.

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Local builder stars in 'This Old House'

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The long running, popular PBS television show “This Old House” will soon showcase the wares of a Middlebury-based business that specializes in construction of new old houses — Connor Homes.

Representatives of the show confirmed on Tuesday that Connor Homes will provide a pre-engineered, 3,000-square-foot home that will be assembled at an Essex, Mass., site for a young family during the course of 10 upcoming episodes of “This Old House” for a project titled, “North Shore Farmhouse.”

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Fishermen brave the cold at Dunmore Derby

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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SALISBURY— For local fishermen, Valentine’s Day this weekend brought frigid temps, ice and for a lucky few, some big fish.

The Lake Dunmore Ice Fishing Derby, held on the frozen surface of Lake Dunmore, attracted 52 ice fishermen from around the region. Temperatures for the weekend were 6 to 17 degrees below zero, accompanied by a strong northerly wind that sent the wind chill index plummeting.

The fish didn’t seem to mind, however.

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February 16th

Starksboro firefighters stop chimney fire

Posted on February 16, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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STARKSBORO — A suspected chimney fire on Saturday, Feb. 13, caused some significant damage to the upper floor of a single-family home at Lewis Creek Farm off Route 116 in Starksboro, but the structure was saved during a frigid night thanks to the efforts of firefighters from several area departments.

It was at around 6 p.m. that Starksboro firefighters were toned out to the reported fire at 3071 Route 116, according to Chief Tom Estey. Homeowner Hank Bissell reported the fire after noticing smoke in the house, Estey said.

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