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Seasoned recycling handler befriends eager college students

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By JULIA JOHN



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Editor’s note: The author just completed her education at Middlebury College and a months-long internship at the Independent.

“I’m gonna miss you, Kiddo,” Billy murmured one day this past summer, wrapping his weathered ebony arms around me.

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3 Squares Cafe to change its address in Vergennes

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In early March, after nine years of serving items like challah French toast and turkey, bacon and Swiss panini, Vergennes restaurant 3 Squares Café will move about two blocks north from its long-time home at 221 Main St.

The destination is 141 Main St., the former home of Luigi’s Italian Specialties, which about a year ago after a lengthy planning phase decamped for 193 Main St., which once housed the former Hungry Bear Restaurant.

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Middlebury-area races shape up for Town Meeting Day

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Town Meeting Day will feature races for selectboard spots in Middlebury, Salisbury, Ripton and Weybridge, while Bridport and Ripton will decide competitions for their respective seats on a new, unified district school board that would represent all Middlebury-area schools.

Monday was the deadline for candidates for local offices to submit their nomination papers with their respective town clerks in order to get on the March 1 Town Meeting Day ballot. Folks can still jump into races through write-in campaigns.

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College honors four outstanding Addison County citizens

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — At a celebratory dinner on Tuesday, Middlebury College honored four Addison County residents for their efforts to improve the community.

President Laurie Patton presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards for outstanding community service to Bruce and Suzanne Byers, Robin Huestis and Natalie Peters.

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Middlebury woman makes the best of her second shot at a diploma

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Christina Frost of Middlebury acknowledges she could have followed a more conventional blueprint for her life.

But an early pregnancy and the desire to escape a household rife with substance abuse sent her on a circuitous path that, at age 27, is finally leading her to a happy, healthy family of her own; an education; and the prospect of a job in social work, through which she hopes to help others avoid some of her missteps.

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Bristol-area schools curb spending, maintain programs

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — School boards for all five elementary schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union have approved 2016-2017 spending proposals that maintain level programming for students while staying within the Act 46 spending guidelines to avoid the tax penalties.

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Porter Hospital opens center to offer intravenous meds locally

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vergennes resident David Larrow underwent successful spinal surgery on Dec. 29, but was suddenly confronted with a new, unexpected challenge during his post-operative recovery: An aggressive bone infection. His physician told him to prepare for daily, intravenous doses of antibiotic that could not be administered in his home.

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Schools ready spending proposals: Career center budget up 0.71 percent

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center officials are proposing an essentially level-service 2016-2017 budget of $3,521,263, representing a 0.71-percent increase in spending compared to this year.

The budget reflects a 1.75-percent increase in the tuition rate assessed to the three Addison County supervisory unions that send students to the career center for vocational and technical education. This means the tuition rate would grow by $210, to a total of $20,454, for each full-time equivalent student who attends the center next year.

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Schools ready spending proposals: Ferrisburgh pares $155K from $3.5M

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board on Thursday adopted a budget proposal for the 2016-2017 academic year that cuts almost $155,000 from the school’s current $3.587 million spending level.

The plan the board approved for a March 1 vote calls for $3,432,273 of spending, a reduction board members said they are optimistic will help keep taxes in check.

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Bike tours company to leave Bristol for new office in Williston

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — After 35 years in its iconic 18th-century yellow farmhouse in Bristol, a well-known company that leads bicycle tours around the world will pedal out of town this spring.

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, originally known as Vermont Bike Tours, announced last Thursday that it is moving its headquarters from Bristol to a 14,500-square-foot office space in Williston, probably by the end of March.

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