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ACSD board to consider major staff cuts: Draft budget reflects 14 teacher layoffs

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District board members knew they would be in for a shock when they asked ACSD administrators to show them what a level-funded budget would look like for the 2018-2019 academic year.

And a shock is what they’ll get on Monday, Dec. 11, when they learn that a level-funded spending plan for the district’s nine schools could translate into a reduction of 14 licensed teachers, 18 paraprofessionals, a principal and a central office worker.

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Vote on Mount Abe bond scheduled for Town Meeting Day: Committee asks architects for two proposals cheaper than $30M

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Five-town voters will get to cast their ballots on a third bond proposal to renovate the 50-year-old Mount Abraham Union High School facility on Town Meeting Day, and the amount requested will likely be under $30 million.

The Mount Abe Renovation Committee approved the March 6, 2018, vote at a meeting this past Wednesday.

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Vermont Congressman reflects on a 'wild' week in Washington

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By By MICHELLE MONROE St. Albans Messenger



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ST. ALBANS — As the threat of another government shutdown loomed on Thursday, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., was busy dealing with an array of fast-changing events that will have varying degrees of impact in Vermont.

“It’s wild,” Welch said in a conversation with the St. Albans Messenger. As he was waiting for the Republicans to offer a plan to fund the government, he refelected on Jerusalem, impeachment and the House firearms vote, all of which had taken place the day before.

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Lothrop-Neshobe merger panned: OVUSD explores options to address $1.6 million shortfall

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — If a vote on whether to merge Lothrop and Neshobe elementary schools were conducted at the gym where a recent public forum was held, the result would likely be a resounding “No.”

The idea, which would send kindergarten through third-grade students to one school and fourth- through sixth-graders to the other, is one of two “Big Ideas” that were discussed at two public meetings in the Otter Valley Unified School District in the last week.

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Middlebury 'Sleep Out' yields more than $46K to help homeless

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — John Graham Housing & Services’ (JGHS) fourth annual “Sleep Out,” held near the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury overnight from Dec. 2 to 3, raised more than $46,000 for programs helping homeless people in Addison County.

Elizabeth Ready, executive director of JGHS, said the impressive total is likely to climb even higher as participants and donors confirm their pledges and hand in their checks during the coming days.

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Bray suggests a per-parcel fee to fund clean water; state officials differ on payment plan

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Debate in Montpelier surrounding efforts to clean up the state’s waterways has been surging like the Otter Creek in April, but legislative action on funding for those efforts has been moving at a glacial pace.

With that in mind, Sen. Chris Bray, D-New Haven, is suggesting Vermont adopt a per-parcel fee that would yield $18.8 million of the estimated $30 million the state will need to raise during each of the next 20 years as its share of a federally mandated, $2.6 billion cleanup of Lake Champlain and related waterways.

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Bristol residents question need for natural gas pipeline

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Concerns, questions, support for and objections to the anticipated extension of the Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline to Bristol took up a good part of Monday night’s selectboard meeting.

The meeting also brought to light some townspeople’s concerns about how the selectboard has both made and communicated its Vermont Gas-related decisions.

Early in the meeting, Bristol resident Sally Burrell gave voice to some of those concerns.

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$2.5 million fund drive launched for theater's fund: THT endowment would support theater upkeep, artistic director

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater officials are midway through a $2.5-million fund drive that would permanently endow a new “artistic director” position as well as ongoing maintenance at Middlebury’s historic downtown hub for community arts and entertainment.

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Diplomat offers hope to Mexican dairy farm labor

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Microphone in hand, Consul General Emilio Rabasa addressed Mexican nationals at a mobile consulate event in Middlebury last Saturday, exhorting an assortment of Mexican dairy farm workers to know their rights — rights guaranteed by federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

Later that afternoon he stood in a Middlebury barn chatting with two local dairy workers about their lives both at home and here in Vermont.

Both workers, as it turns out, were from the state of Chiapas — near where Rabasa himself grew up.

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Do you remember 'How to Eat Like a Child'?

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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What can you remember from 21 years ago? That was 1996.

Anything?

Some of us have incredible memories for random things, like our hair style or favorite sweatshirt. Others remember the feelings around big life moments. Then there are a few, who forget it all.

So, I wasn’t sure if anyone from our 1996 cast of “How to Eat Like a Child: And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up” was going to remember the show (or me, for that matter) when I asked around last week. But I was wrong. Very wrong.

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