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Salisbury kids are working with Rotary Club on service projects

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Rotary Club has spent many decades helping others, whether it be picking up trash on Green Up Day or helping to eradicate polio from the face of the Earth. The club has historically drawn membership from some of the best and brightest on the local business scene.

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Legislators consider income tax to fund public education

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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BRIDPORT — A proposal to use the income tax as the primary source for funding public schools was the top issue discussed by participants at the season’s first legislative breakfast, held Monday at the Bridport Grange Hall.

Local lawmakers also shared their view on the state’s new marijuana law and a plan to lower prescription drug costs, among other topics (click the links to see those stories).

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ACSD school board will lose three senior members

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — There will be three new faces on the Addison Central School District Board after the elections on Town Meeting Day, March 6.

Former Middlebury selectwoman and state Rep. Margaret “Peg” Martin and resident Davina Demarais are each running unopposed for separate three-year seats representing Middlebury on the ACSD board. They will be succeeding incumbents Ruth Hardy and Jason Duquette-Hoffman, both of whom have decided not to run for re-election.

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Three Ilsley Library posts draw seven candidates

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Town Meeting Day will decide a three-way race for two seats on their selectboard, though the hottest election ticket on March 6 will be for the Ilsley Library Board of Trustees. A combined total of seven candidates are vying for three positions on the Ilsley board, with interest likely bolstered by a budding plan to expand and renovate the historic library building at 75 Main St.

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Bristol election ballot boasts one contest

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
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BRISTOL — Residents of Bristol will vote in only one contested election on Town Meeting Day.

Kevin Hanson and Krista Siringo are vying for a three-year spot representing Bristol on the new Mount Abraham Unified School Board. But whomever loses that race will have other options for joining the panel, which governs the combined K-12 schools in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro.

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A hike in the minimum wage is favored

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — A bill in the state Senate calls for a gradual increase in the state’s minimum wage, from the current $10.50 to $15 per hour by 2022. It was the topic of some discussion among lawmakers at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast at the Bridport Grange Hall.

Rep. Fred Baser, R-Bristol, is a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, which will review the bill when/if it emerges from the Senate.

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Local lawmakers explain marijuana legalization

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
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BRIDPORT — Gov. Phil Scott last week signed a bill that will allow adults in Vermont to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and to cultivate up to two mature plants on their property.

A majority of Addison County’s legislative delegation supported the marijuana bill, and some of those legislators explained their votes at a Legislative Breakfast at the Bridport Grange Hall on Monday.

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Legislators consider health care changes

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
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BRIDPORT — Lawmakers explained legislation they’ve seen on reforming health care and regulating opioids when they spoke at the first legislative breakfast of 2017, held Monday at the Bridport Grange Hall.

On the health care front, Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, confirmed legislation proposing at make Vermont a “wholesaler” and therefore authorized to import prescription drugs from Canada.

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Former co-chief of ambulance service pleads in embezzlement

Posted on January 29, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — A former co-director of Middlebury Regional EMS has pleaded innocent to four felony charges of embezzlement, stemming from allegations that she stole a combined total of $7,802 from the nonprofit over a more than year-long period to pay for personal items, gifts for friends and her own medical expenses.

Lisa M. Northup, 46, entered her plea during her Jan. 22 arraignment in Addison Superior Court, criminal division.

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Middlebury floats small town budget increase

Posted on January 29, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents at town meeting will consider a fiscal year 2019 municipal budget of $10,574,426, of which $7,331,905 would be raised through local property taxes. It’s a proposed spending plan that would result in an increase of about one-third of one penny in the community’s current municipal rate of 98.2 cents.

One penny on Middlebury’s property tax rate raises roughly $75,000.

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