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Middlebury's Donna Donahue eyes Vt. House seat

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Donna Donahue has spent almost a decade working on grassroots efforts to make Middlebury a more popular destination for entrepreneurs, shoppers and tourists.

She would now like to continue that work in the Vermont House, as one of Middlebury’s two state representatives.

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City police poised to relocate into new HQ

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Barring any last-minute setbacks, the Vergennes Police Department should be able to start moving into its new $1.75 million North Main Street headquarters by the end of February, City Manager Mel Hawley told Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting last week.

On Wednesday, Hawley said construction has remained on schedule, and he is at least cautiously optimistic about a completion date during the month’s final week. 

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Proposed law looks to jumpstart 'new economy' companies in Vt.

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, has co-authored legislation he believes will inject new vitality into Vermont’s business sector without spending a lot of new money.

It’s known as H.736 — dubbed “Unlocking Vermont’s Economic Potential” bill — aimed at protecting and growing Vermont’s current industries, while encouraging and rewarding entrepreneurs and innovators in new technology and knowledge-based businesses, according to Ralston.

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Farm bill promises relief for dairy businesses

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — After years of wrangling, delays and setbacks, Congress appears to be on the precipice of completing a new farm bill, which Addison County dairy farmers say will protect their thin profit margins.

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Former Vergennes depot picked to host Amtrak station

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has designated the former Vergennes rail station, which now sits at the VTrans commuter lot at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A in Ferrisburgh, as a future stop for Amtrak commuter trains, according to Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes.

Lanpher late last week emphasized Amtrak service in northwestern Vermont, long a goal of state transportation officials, remains several years away, but added, “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am” about the possibility.

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'Penguins' take a winter plunge to aid Ripton school

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — Twenty-one North Branch School students, two teachers, and one NBS alum plunged into a Ripton Pond in the first annual North Branch School Penguin Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 25.

As part of their winter ecology studies, students researched water temperatures of local ponds and learned about hypothermia and the body’s reaction to extreme temperatures. Students have been studying how animals survive the winter so the plunge provided a vivid learning experience.

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Shire town's warning features roof, bridge and building bonds

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday approved a 2014 town meeting warning that will ask voters to make substantial investments in some of their community’s key buildings and bridges.

The marquee items on the 10-article warning relate to plans to build a new Middlebury municipal building and recreation center.

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Five-way race set for three Vergennes City Council seats

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Three Vergennes City Council incumbents and two former aldermen filed petitions by Monday’s deadline, setting up a five-way race for three seats on the council in March.

On the Town Meeting Day ballot, incumbents Ziggy Comeau, Renny Perry and Lynn Donnelly will face challengers Peter Garon and former mayor Michael Daniels.

Comeau, a real estate broker, was first appointed to the board in 2005 and has won re-election ever since.

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Mount Abe's Aldrich has the 'write' stuff

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A Mount Abraham Union High School student placed third in an annual essay contest sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Freshman Will Aldrich won the award for his essay, “Promote Sustainable Development,” in the contest timed to coincide with the president’s annual State of the Union Address to Congress.

For the contest, Vermont high school students are asked to write a 250-500-word essay about their views on the state of the union. President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union at the Capitol on Tuesday evening.

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Middlebury College grad to hit the field at the Super Bowl

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Steven Hauschka looks not so different from everybody else in the Middlebury College class of 2007 facebook. Sandwiched between Casey Harwood and Tristan Hayes, Hauschka’s photo shows a fresh-faced kid from Needham, Mass., who had come to Middlebury to get a first-class education and play soccer.

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