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May 7th

Brandon board votes out police chief

May 7, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard late last month voted to cut short Police Chief Lonnie Hatman’s three-year contract, which was due to expire at the end of June.

At the recommendation of Town Manager Keith Arlund, who would not reveal the reason for the decision citing the confidentiality of personnel issues, the four selectmen at the April 23 meeting — Kellie Patten, Bruce Brown, Mitch Pearl and Richard Baker — voted in favor of Hatman’s firing. Board chair Bill Hatch was absent.

Selectmen also voted to appoint Lt. Christopher Brickell as acting police chief.

As of last Friday, Arlund couldn’t say whether he had a permanent replacement in mind, or when town officials would begin to look for one.

“We’re evaluating the situation as we speak,” he said.

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Town and college prep security for Clinton visit

May 7, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — The hassles that regularly accompany graduation ceremonies, namely, traffic and anxious parents, might be exaggerated at Middlebury College’s commencement this year, college officials say. Who’s to blame?

Bill Clinton, of course.

The former president will address the nearly 600 members of the class of 2007 on Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m., outside on the green below Mead Chapel. Unlike in years past, for security and overcrowding reasons, guests at the event will need to have tickets.

“We didn’t have any way of knowing just how much interest we were likely to have in the commencement,” said Secretary of the College John Emerson, who is helping to plan the event. But as of the end of April, the college is expecting to accommodate up to 8,000 people, including students, faculty and staff — about 2,000 more than normal.

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May 3rd

Middlebury seeking economy energizing

May 3, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents are being challenged to come up with three specific projects designed to creatively energize the town’s economy, which has taken a few hits in recent months.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) “Creative Communities Program” periodically loans select towns consultants and other resources to brainstorm ideas on how to improve the local economy in a way that uses a community’s unique assets — such as its location, geographic attributes, special products and/or homegrown talent.

In February Middlebury applied to become a part of the Creative Communities Program, which has already provided services to nine other Vermont towns, including Hardwick and Rutland.

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Green Up Day

Green Up Day is Saturday, May 5

 

Find out what is going on in your town and join in. Local Green Up Day coordinators and their contact information are provided here.

ADDISON

• Starr Phillips/759-2421. Contact Phillips to receive bags and to coordinate coverage areas. When bags are full, drop them off in the town dump truck, which will be parked at Addison Four Corners all weekend long.

BRANDON

• Jim Leary/247-9595. Leary will be at the bandstand in Central Park from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday to hand out doughnuts, coffee, hot chocolate, Green Up bags and road assignments. When participants are finished, they should bring their filled bags to the transfer station, if they can, or call Leary to let him know where they have left them by the side of the road. He encourages people to wear gloves.

BRIDPORT

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April 30th

Growing up in wartime

April 30, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College students Htar Htar, Zohra, Bilal, Mahmoud and Chinyere gathered last Thursday to talk to a small audience about their childhoods. From four very different countries one thing tied them together: all five grew up in war zones.

The panel discussion was part of a week-long symposium on Sex and War, sponsored by the college’s Women and Gender Studies Department, that intended to highlight how women and men experience and participate in war differently.

Junior Htar Htar Yu grew up in an armed conflict area in southern Burma, where a civil war has raged for the past 13 years. Her parents were a soldier and a nurse in the Tavoyan United Front, a militia formed by what she called a “sub-Burmese” ethnic group to which her family belongs.

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Brandon fire house for sale

April 30, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — The Brandon Fire Department hasn’t operated out of its original firehouse on Franklin Street near the town hall for almost 10 years now. But in the building’s second story, where the Dunmore Hose Company held its meetings since the building was constructed in 1888, relics of another time remain untouched.

On a dusty round table is a roll of tickertape tangled up in a contraption that once controlled the horn on top of the building. Various combinations of horn signals were assigned to each street in town, so firemen knew where to go when they heard the alarm. The horn was taken down in the 1970s, but the last number it called is still punched into the tape.

Scanning a finger down the list of street numbers on an old chart recently, longtime Brandon firefighter Gene Pagano looked at the tape and said, “13. It must have been on Grove Street.”

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April 26th

Local legislators criticize school funding caps

April 26, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Local members of the Vermont House on Monday sharply criticized a Senate-passed legislation calling for annual caps on school budget increases.

The measure — devised by Gov. James Douglas — calls for public school budget increases to be limited to 4 percent in the first year, and at 3.5 percent during ensuring years, unless a “super majority” of at least 60 percent of the local electorate decides to override the cap.

Douglas has touted the cap as a means of limiting education-related property tax increases during an era in Vermont’s history when school populations are declining.

The Vermont Senate on April 17 voted 15-15 — with Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie breaking the tie — to endorse a series of amendments (including Douglas’s spending cap) to H.526, the so-called “act relating to education quality and cost control.”

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College tuition hike

April 26, 2007

By HARRIETTE BRAINARD

MIDDLEBURY — The annual cost of attending Middlebury College will hit $46,910, a 5.25 percent increase over the prior year, for the 2007-08 academic year. The increase includes a 5 percent bump in the comprehensive fee and a 50 percent jump in the student activities fee set by the Student Government Association (SGA).

College officials this week said the increase reflects the commitment their institution has made to increasing faculty size and student aid as outlined in the strategic plan approved last May.

“With the federal government taking less of a role in providing scholarships to college students all of us who are involved in educating students are trying to reduce the loan component for the sake of the student,” said Vice President for Communications Mike McKenna.

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