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Group seeks creative solutions to ease pain of rail bridges work

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — If anyone would have good reason to complain about the impacts of the upcoming replacement of the two downtown Middlebury rail bridges, it’s the Rev. Susan McGarry of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

McGarry’s church office is literally 15 feet away from the railroad tracks and perhaps another 30 from the deteriorating Merchants Row bridge that will soon be removed along with the span on Main Street.

“My desk shakes sometimes when the train goes by,” McGarry said on Monday.

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Brandon-area voters give strong support to unification

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in eight Brandon-area towns on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal to merge six school districts into two under the state’s Act 46 school consolidation law. It was the second consolidation in Vermont since the law was approved last spring.

The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, along with the Barstow School District, proposed a new side-by-side school district, which the state Board of Education approved earlier this month.

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ANeSU working toward district unity

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



MONKTON — Residents of the five towns in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union could vote on a plan to unify governance and budgeting across the district’s six schools by Town Meeting Day 2017, or possibly as soon as next November’s elections.

That was the message from a member of the ANeSU Act 46 Study Committee in a report she gave to the Monkton Central School Board this past Thursday evening.

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Rep. Betty Nuovo confirms this is her final term in the Legislature

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Like all first-year lawmakers, former Rep. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, had a steep learning curve to climb upon joining the Vermont House of Representatives in 2010. He credited his seatmate, fellow Democrat Betty Nuovo, for helping him — and many other freshly minted public servants — find their way around the Vermont Statehouse.

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Middlebury's Ilsley library explores expansion

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library trustees will soon hire an architect to size up space needs for the historic downtown Middlebury building en route to framing a capital improvement project that would be financed entirely with private donations.

“We still don’t have a concrete timeline,” Ilsley Public Library board President Maria Graham said of a possible expansion project. “We are trying to be methodical and careful.”

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Scholar to explore Shakespeare's influence on the USA

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Columbia University professor James Shapiro will explore the history of Shakespeare in America in a talk at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. His talk, “Shakespeare in America,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

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Granville post office closing, piece of community is lost

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Evan Johnson



GRANVILLE — After the close of business hours this Friday, post office box users in the town of Granville will have to go elsewhere to pick up their mail.

Since 1963, the U.S. Postal Service has leased one room in a Route 100 home next to the general store to serve as the post office; it hosts 50 P.O. boxes used by Granville residents. Citing health issues, landlords Alice “Pete” and William Parrish made an emergency suspension of the lease late last month, forcing the post office to vacate. 

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Vermont philanthropy leader leaves to invest in new challenge

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s safe to say that 2008 was a very challenging time for Stuart Comstock-Gay to take the helm of the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF), an organization that receives and distributes donated funds to a variety of charitable causes throughout the Green Mountain State.

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Brandon area to vote on school unification

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — This week, regular Vermont citizens will get a chance to vote on Act 46. The law, enacted last spring, offers financial incentives for towns to merge in multi-school districts governed by a single board and funded by a single budget.

Voters in the eight Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union towns will go to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots on the proposed Act 46 unification plan for their district.

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Mary Hogan Elementary budget includes new Spanish program

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — ID-4 school directors are seeking voter support for a 2016-2017 Mary Hogan Elementary School budget of $7,391,279, a plan that reflects a 9.08 percent increase in spending, but a much smaller 1.44 percent bump in the homestead education property tax rate.

And Middlebury school directors note that the overall education property tax rate for local students in grades pre-K through 12 is expected to decrease by 4.08 percent, due in part to a substantial increase in students that will in turn net the community more state assistance.

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