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Middlebury College president-elect wants close town-gown ties

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President-elect Laurie L. Patton is not even officially on the institution’s payroll yet, but she took time from her ongoing duties at Duke University to visit Middlebury municipal officials to assure them that maintaining a cordial and productive relationship with the town will be one of the top priorities of her administration.

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State budget cuts continue to shape legislative session

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
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MIDDLEBURY — School financing and the state’s budget woes continued to dominate conversation at the Bridport Grange’s legislative breakfast series, the most recent edition of which was held on Monday at the Middlebury American Legion headquarters.

Lawmakers have been told there is a $118 million revenue shortfall for the state budget that is to take effect July 1. The Legislature’s money committees are considering cuts to the current budget draft, along with some possible fee and tax increases.

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ID-4 petitions nixed, but board to give voters their say

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board on March 4 rejected two citizens’ petitions seeking to change the date of the district’s annual meeting and the method by which the Mary Hogan Elementary School budget is voted, but the panel unanimously agreed to place two articles on ID-4’s April 8 meeting warning that would accomplish the same changes sought by the petitioners.

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Local author's pie book selling like hotcakes

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
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CORNWALL — Anne Collins didn’t think she was wired to be a baker — or a cookbook author, for that matter. She had spent her professional career as a civil engineer, working for Dow Chemical and eventually in the aerospace industry.

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Business director: Middlebury to welcome several new businesses

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — After two years of dipping Middlebury’s economic development hook in statewide and national waters, Jamie Gaucher is getting some nibbles and has even landed a couple of keepers.

Gaucher, two years into what will be at least a five-year stint as the director of the Middlebury Office of Business Development & Innovation, told participants at Monday’s town meeting about several new, small businesses poised to settle in town, with others waiting in the wings.

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Shoreham looks to revive historic village ediface

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
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SHOREHAM — The stately, Queen Anne-style brick building on Shoreham’s School Street across from the town green has served many constituencies since being erected by celebrated architect Clinton Smith in 1885. It was first built as a Universalist Church, then became home to the Simonds Lodge of the Masons, before being purchased by the Vermont Conservatory of Music in 2005.

Recently acquired by the town of Shoreham, the building is now being viewed as a community asset that could eventually host some basic public and private functions.

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Clippings: Races dwindling in local elections

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



OPINION: I’ve seen an election or two in my almost 25 years covering Addison County. One of the exciting aspects of our annual Town Meeting Day coverage has been following who was challenging who for positions on local selectboards, school boards and city councils. Heck, the town of Lincoln always used to be good for a rousing race for town constable.

Unfortunately, that election-related suspense has waned considerably during the past 10 or so years. People just aren’t running for local offices the way they used to, and it’s a shame.

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Substantial state spending cuts loom

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
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WHITING — Town officials hoping for some sort of financial life preserver this year from the state for ailing municipal and/or school programs had better learn how to tread water.

That’s because local lawmakers on Monday served notice they are trying to erase a $112 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2016 state budget. And unlike past years, there is no federal stimulus money, nor better-than-anticipated tax revenues to close the gap.

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Changes to ID-4 to be decided by voters

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Town Clerk Ann Webster has received and certified two petitions aimed at moving up the date of the ID-4 school district annual meeting and changing the method by which the Mary Hogan Elementary School budget is voted.

Both petitions needed to bear the signatures of at least 235 registered voters.

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Dog gone lucky: $10,000 raised for injured Cornwall pup

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound Executive Director Jessica Danyow’s office window looks over the drop-off area for new, furry additions to the Addison County’s Human Society shelter. She witnesses a sporadic parade of pooches and pussycats with assorted hard-luck stories that all include a common chapter: No place to call home.

On Feb. 12 Danyow noticed an unusual arrival limp into the shelter.

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