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Middlebury plans survey on proposed change in town budet vote

Posted on May 13, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard wants to get community feedback before deciding whether to have a referendum on deciding future municipal budgets by Australian ballot.

It was a few weeks ago that former Selectman Craig Bingham asked the selectboard to consider a switch to Australian ballot for deciding the town budget. That spending plan has historically been decided from the floor at the annual gathering on the first Monday in March. That meeting draws an average of around 200 people out of Middlebury’s total checklist of 4,671 registered voters.

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1935 murder victims buried; mystery persists

Posted on May 13, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — It was a brisk day last fall when Walt Ducharme stood at the side of a freshly dug grave at the Prospect Cemetery in East Middlebury. The mortal remains of three people were at last given a final resting place after reposing in nondescript boxes in an office cabinet for 80 years.

But with eternal rest does not always come closure.

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Cancer takes Bristol youth; help sought for family

Posted on May 13, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — The pain is inconceivable.

While other moms throughout the nation were being celebrated by their children this past Sunday, Mother’s Day, Katie Gorton was pressing her ear to her 15-year-old son Jacob’s chest to hear his heart beat for the last time.

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Senate considers new solar siting rules

Posted on May 10, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — The Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee has passed out a bill that would among other things set up minimum setback requirements for solar energy projects and require the Vermont Public Service Board to ensure the projects comply with screening requirements that would be established by host communities.

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After 44 years, Seubert ready to move on

Posted on May 10, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Longtime English teacher Richard “Doc” Seubert has become part of the commencement tradition at Middlebury Union High School, assisting with graduation rehearsal and Project Graduation.

Next month, he’ll be among those passing on to the next phase of life.

“I’m finally going to be able to graduate,” Seubert said with a broad smile. “And the beat will go on.”

He has certainly earned it, after 44 years as an MUHS educator.

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Forman, 2001 Teacher of the Year, reflects

Posted on May 10, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Michele Forman was three years old when she knew she wanted to be a teacher. She recalled enviously watching her five-year-old sister go to school in the morning. When she came home in the afternoon, big sister would play teacher and Michele would assume the role of student.

“I always wanted to be the teacher,” Forman said.

And wow, did her dream come true.

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Middlebury 'pop-up' park takes shape

Posted on May 10, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Lazarus building that borders Printer’s Alley on Middlebury’s Main Street was a no-man’s land for the final few years of its existence, as it had been vacated in anticipation of its removal, which occurred this past January.

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Juvenile cases swamp Vermont courts; opiate addiction blamed

Posted on May 7, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Addison County judiciary are warning that a dramatic surge in the number of juvenile cases is stretching court staff to the limit and in some cases deferring the legal process for adult defendants whose cases must, by state law, take a backseat to justice for young victims and defendants.

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Local doctor battles Ebola in Sierra Leone

Posted on May 7, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Another scorching day in the West African Republic of Sierra Leone, where the air hangs heavy with humidity and death.

Another day of misery for the latest group of patients filing into the Lunsar Ebola Treatment Center.

For those flagged with the vicious disease, there’s a 60-percent chance they’ll leave the center in a body bag — especially if they’re children.

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Gratton takes helm as county defender

Posted on May 7, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — There’s a lot of work and a sense of mystery associated with being Addison County’s public defender, and James Gratton embraces both facets of the job.

“I like the challenge of working with people,” Gratton said. “I like the fact that I never know when I come in in the morning what’s going to happen. I might be doing a motion that I wasn’t expecting, I might be getting through the paperwork that’s on my desk, for once.

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