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Firehouse bill driving Middlebury tax rate up 5.5 percent

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Luke Whelan and Xian Chiang-Warren



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury taxpayers will start paying for their new and upgraded firehouses this year.

At their Tuesday meeting, the Middlebury selectboard approved a 5.5 percent increase in the municipal tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1, an increase that Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay attributed mostly to the first payments on substantial updates to the town’s two firehouses.

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Addison country store spans generations — finally

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — On Sept. 19, 2009, college sweethearts Cheri Franklin and Scott Petrin tied the knot. While they were fulfilling their dreams of marriage, another plan was also falling into place: They had recently reached an agreement in principle to buy the West Addison General Store from Cheri’s parents, Dana and Lorraine Franklin.

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Middlebury group honors Nancy Malcolm, Rikert Nordic Center

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership honored Nancy Malcolm as Outstanding Citizen and recognized the Rikert Nordic Center as Outstanding Business at the organization’s annual meeting Tuesday night at the Middlebury Inn.

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State police honor local officers, city chief

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MONTPELIER — The Vermont State Police on Friday honored, among many others, Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel, Detective Corporal Christopher Campbell of the New Haven barracks, and New Haven barracks commander Lt. Gary Genova.

At the agency’s annual awards and promotion ceremony at the Statehouse, Merkel received one of several VSP “Director’s Awards.” According to a VSP release, Merkel was recognized for his “leadership and efforts to combat drug distribution and abuse” throughout Addison County.

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Cornwall pushes back on proposed natural gas pipeline; more than 100 at meeting

Posted on June 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — More than 100 Cornwall residents packed their school cafeteria on Wednesday, June 19, to send a collective message to Vermont Gas Systems: We don’t want your proposed pipeline and we are prepared to go to the courts and/or engage in civil disobedience to stop it.

“I will fight you tooth and nail,” vowed resident Mary Martin, who, with her husband Randy, owns one of the properties through which a natural gas transmission line would travel on its way from Middlebury to the International Paper (IP) mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

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Monkton Central School regroups after half of teaching staff departs

Posted on June 24, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MONKTON — Though 10 staff members will not be returning to the Monkton Central School next fall, Superintendent David Adams said the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union is well on its way to meeting the school’s staffing needs for the upcoming academic year.

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Grants for local apple, meat-cutting projects aims to fuel local foods movement

Posted on June 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers and Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — Nearly $100,000 in grants to two local apple operations announced last week, plus additional grants supporting meat-cutting and composting efforts, aim to help businesses cultivating the local foods market.

Ultimately, the awards through the highly competitive Working Lands Enterprise Fund should make locally grown and processed foods more readily available to Vermont consumers.

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Theater preview: 'God of Carnage' shows that behaving well gets you nowhere

Posted on June 24, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Actors Workshop will present Yasmina Reza’s 2009 Tony Award-winning play, “God of Carnage,” Thursday-Sunday, June 27-30, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. This fast-paced, wicked little comedy of manners takes on parenthood, civilization and the hypocrisy we all indulge in when defending our own.

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Lindemann elevated to Mary Hogan Elementary assistant principal

Posted on June 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School 4th-grade teacher and Challenge Program leader Steve Lindemann will become the school’s new assistant principal beginning July 1.

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Brandon rejects town budget for a second time

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The town of Brandon will begin fiscal year 2014 without a budget.

The proposed $3,201,842 municipal budget (with $2,385,642 to be raised by taxes) was voted down on Tuesday by fewer than 50 votes, 371-326, sending the selectboard back to the budget workshop table again.

The 697 total votes amount to a roughly 25 percent voter turnout.

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