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Middlebury-area school board on path to level-funded budget; teachers brace for layoffs

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District (ACSD) board on Monday agreed to pursue a level-funded budget for member-schools for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year, a move that would require more than $1.9 million in cuts and a potential reduction of 14 teaching positions, 18 paraprofessionals, a principal’s post and a central office worker.

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United Way renews call for donations

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — United Way of Addison County (UWAC) officials are renewing requests for support of two concurrent fund drives aimed at helping people get food, shelter, counseling and other services that are currently beyond their reach.

UWAC in September launched its 2017 fundraising campaign, through which it hopes to raise $650,000 to benefit local nonprofits helping Addison County residents in need.

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Middlebury motel to get sweet makeover

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Finding a piece of candy on your hotel bed is always a nice surprise.

Future guests at the Greystone Motel at 1395 Route 7 South in Middlebury will not only get the pillow chocolate, but also licorice, chewing gum or lemon drops, depending on the room in which they stay.

So pack some extra toothpaste, because Brad and Blanca Jenne, longtime owners of Middlebury Sweets, are closing in on a deal to buy the Greystone Motel and make it the new home of “Vermont’s largest candy store.”

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ACSD board to consider major staff cuts: Draft budget reflects 14 teacher layoffs

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District board members knew they would be in for a shock when they asked ACSD administrators to show them what a level-funded budget would look like for the 2018-2019 academic year.

And a shock is what they’ll get on Monday, Dec. 11, when they learn that a level-funded spending plan for the district’s nine schools could translate into a reduction of 14 licensed teachers, 18 paraprofessionals, a principal and a central office worker.

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Middlebury 'Sleep Out' yields more than $46K to help homeless

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — John Graham Housing & Services’ (JGHS) fourth annual “Sleep Out,” held near the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury overnight from Dec. 2 to 3, raised more than $46,000 for programs helping homeless people in Addison County.

Elizabeth Ready, executive director of JGHS, said the impressive total is likely to climb even higher as participants and donors confirm their pledges and hand in their checks during the coming days.

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Middlebury gives preliminary OK to medical marijuana dispensary

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) has given a preliminary OK to a medical marijuana dispensary on Route 7 South.

Applicants will now fine-tune their proposal based on feedback they received from DRB members at their Nov. 27 meeting. The dispensary could earn a final go-ahead at either the DRB’s Jan. 8 or Jan. 22 meetings.

Brandon already has a medical marijuana dispensary.

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New high-end apartments proposed for Washington Street in Middlebury

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — A plan to install eight high-end apartments in the former Vermont Federal Credit Union building at 24 Washington St. in Middlebury has gained preliminary approval from the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB).

The applicants must fine-tune their proposals based on feedback they received from DRB members at a Nov. 27 meeting. The plan for the apartment could earn a final go-ahead at either the DRB’s Jan. 8 or Jan. 22 meetings.

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Bray suggests a per-parcel fee to fund clean water; state officials differ on payment plan

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Debate in Montpelier surrounding efforts to clean up the state’s waterways has been surging like the Otter Creek in April, but legislative action on funding for those efforts has been moving at a glacial pace.

With that in mind, Sen. Chris Bray, D-New Haven, is suggesting Vermont adopt a per-parcel fee that would yield $18.8 million of the estimated $30 million the state will need to raise during each of the next 20 years as its share of a federally mandated, $2.6 billion cleanup of Lake Champlain and related waterways.

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$2.5 million fund drive launched for theater's fund: THT endowment would support theater upkeep, artistic director

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater officials are midway through a $2.5-million fund drive that would permanently endow a new “artistic director” position as well as ongoing maintenance at Middlebury’s historic downtown hub for community arts and entertainment.

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Hundreds gather to honor beloved county firefighter Bob Jenkins

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Firefighters from all corners of Addison County and beyond converged on Ferrisburgh this past Sunday, Dec. 3, to help one of their own celebrate a national tribute earned through years of selfless service to others.

They wore different uniforms, but they were all part of the same family, honoring Bob Jenkins — a 49-year member of the Ferrisburgh Fire Department and a man who has helped train generations of area firefighters.

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