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ACSD schools ratify two-year teacher contract, but a financial penalty looms

Posted on June 26, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District (ACSD) board and local teachers have ratified a new, two-year labor agreement that includes a 3-percent annual increase in new money for salaries, extends the length of the school day, and requires educators to take on a greater share of their health insurance premiums.

But some ACSD negotiators are now wishing they had waited a little longer before finalizing the new pact.

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Advocates brainstorm solutions for affordable housing problem

Posted on June 26, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Filling Addison County’s affordable housing void will require a lot more public and private investment, better tenant-landlord relationships and some new, creative initiatives — such as the “HomeShare” program that matches people in need of shelter with seniors needing help with household chores.

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Middlebury officials eyeing $1.15M Creek Road rebuild

Posted on June 26, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury should work to reopen flood-damaged Creek Road as soon as possible, and then phase in a series of more than $1 million in upgrades to the road, which has been closed to through-traffic for the past two years.

That’s the course the Middlebury Infrastructure Committee on June 22 voted unanimously to ask the selectboard to pursue.

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ACSD board balks at moving sixth grade to middle school

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District board on Monday decided it will not move 6th grade instruction into Middlebury Union Middle School beginning next fall.

A majority of the panel agreed with Superintendent Peter Burrows’ opinion that such a move would be imprudent at a time when the ACSD is still adjusting to the major changes of consolidated governance and the transition to an International Baccalaureate Program.

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Middlebury VFW is back after flirting with closure

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Three short years ago, Middlebury Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7823 appeared to be on its last legs. The organization was facing a $30,000 budget shortfall, dwindling membership and other challenges that prompted post leaders to consider selling their headquarters and event hall at 530 Exchange St.

That was then.

This is now.

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Film festival to bring big names, add a fifth screen in its third year

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the third annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival are putting together their most ambitious event yet, with the promise of expanded viewing opportunities, exciting new rewards for top filmmakers and the participation of nationally known actors and writers who will convey their firsthand experiences in the movie industry.

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New leader for Addison-Rutland: ARSU looks within, promotes Farrell to superintendent

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — A familiar face will lead the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union (ARSU) through some big transitions this year and beyond.

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Songs, sport and smiles mark Mount Abe graduation

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
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BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School graduation never fails to deliver, whether it be inspirational speeches, novel entrances or rousing musical performances.

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Mediator to help ACSD negotiate teachers' pact

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District board members and educators have picked veteran arbitrator Ira Lobel to serve as mediator in an effort to resolve an impasse in negotiations for a new teachers’ contract.

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For a Ripton family, life changed in an instant

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Christina Walker’s daily routine began as usual on Thursday, April 20. She took the wheel of the family car to drive her fiancé, Brian Kerr, from their Ripton home to meet his work colleague in Salisbury. From there, the two men would travel to their latest job site.

It only took a split second for the couple’s lives — and those of their three children — to take a dramatic and tragic turn on that fateful day.

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