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Bourne to bid farewell to Mary Hogan School after 26 years as leader

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For 26 years, Bonnie Bourne has woken up each weekday morning energized by her sincere belief that she has the best job in the world: principal at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School.

Bourne last week announced she will retire from the best job in the world at the end of this school year, citing three primary reasons — her three granddaughters.

“The time has arrived,” Bourne, 64, said. “There’s a tug between full-time administrative work and three granddaughters, and the granddaughters won.”

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Board seeks voter OK for $600,000 to fix VUHS roof

Posted on April 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns will be asked in a district-wide May 14 vote to support a five-year, $600,000 loan to put a new roof on the leaky Vergennes Union High School classroom wing and auditorium.

In Vergennes, balloting will coincide with the city council’s request for a $1.45 million bond to build a new North Main Street police station, and school and city officials are looking at holding a joint informational meeting, possibly on May 7.

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Senate begins debate on search and rescue bill

Posted on April 15, 2013 |
By Cindy Hill



MONTPELIER — When Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee chair Sen. Jeannette White, D-Windham, opened a hearing on H.182, the Search and Rescue Bill, last Wednesday she gave a nod toward Carol Ault and Kathy Duclos, who were seated in the cramped hearing room.

The two women are aunts of Levi Duclos, the 19-year-old New Haven man whose death while hiking in January 2012 launched public demand for a change in search and rescue procedures.

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Canal barge to ship Vt. food products to NYC

Posted on April 15, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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FERRISBURGH — “Where does our food come from?” is a question to which shoppers concerned about eating local have given careful consideration in recent years.

Ferrisburgh farmer and baker Erik Andrus has a slightly different take on it: “How does our food get to us?”

Long ago waterways, not roads, were the backbone of the Northeast’s regional food system. After decades of reliance on roads and automobiles to get foods to market, Andrus is taking a journey back in time.

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Gaucher launches push to grow Middlebury business

Posted on April 15, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Jamie Gaucher has only been Middlebury’s first-ever business development director for about 10 days, but he has already mapped out what he wants to accomplish during his next 90.

Gaucher’s plan is to lay a strong foundation for job growth in Middlebury that will include setting up new software to track corporate prospects, networking with Middlebury College alumni as well as state and local economic development officials, and meeting with local business leaders to get feedback on how to fill voids in the local job market.

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Canine cops bring careers to close

Posted on April 15, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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WATERBURY — The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad on March 23 retired two veteran explosive detection canines.

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Lakeshore residents blast bill

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Some lakeshore property owners on Monday urged the county’s two state senators to reject a bill that would set up a new regulatory hurdle for people seeking to develop property within 250 feet of lakes or ponds with more than 10 acres of surface area.

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City to vote May 14 on bond for a new police headquarters

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — As expected, Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday warned a May 14 vote for a $1.45 million bond to fund a new 4,611-square-foot police station on North Main Street, one that will cost taxpayers $400,000 less than the proposal that was narrowly defeated on Town Meeting Day.

The plan calls for savings of about $300,000 in construction costs over the initial proposal, mainly due to a building redesign that cuts out a little more than 1,300 square feet, but also due to savings on site development and land costs. The project cost is now roughly $1.55 million.

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Vermont Gas unveils five pipeline routes to N.Y. mill

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — Vermont Gas this week unveiled five potential routes for its proposed natural gas pipeline that would extend from Middlebury to Ticonderoga, N.Y., a plan that at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham continued to draw criticism from area residents who oppose the prospect of seeing the project running through their respective properties.

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Jer Coons launching debut album with musical partner

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — Every good album has a story behind it. For Addison County native Jer Coons and music partner Caroline Rose, the story of their debut album, “America Religious” — which will be released on June 11 — began with a costly mistake.

“I accidentally bought a car,” Rose explained during a recent interview in her soon-to-be adopted hometown, Middlebury.

“Caroline’s life is defined by impulsive behavior,” offered Coons.

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