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Gov. Scott begins era with lofty agenda

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County lawmakers on Thursday applauded the environmental, education and economic development agenda that Gov. Phil Scott unveiled during his inaugural address, but several voiced disappointment the state’s new chief executive didn’t provide more details on how he hopes to achieve his ambitious goals.

Scott, during a speech that lasted around a half hour and was interrupted around 20 times by applause, pledged to strengthen the economy, make Vermont more affordable, and protect its most vulnerable citizens.

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Local reps receive their committee assignments

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Peter Conlon gazed briefly into the rearview mirror last week, recalling his boyhood growing up in Montpelier. His route from his childhood home to Montpelier High School took him behind the Vermont Statehouse and its shiny golden dome. He’d stop in occasionally as a student and citizen, drinking in the splendor of this ornate bastion of democracy in his own backyard.

Fast forward some 35 years.

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Connor Homes furloughs its entire workforce

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Connor Homes has furloughed its entire 65-person workforce at its Middlebury headquarters on Route 7 South, according to company officials, who are now trying to leverage bank loans and Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) funding to keep the company solvent.

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Changes loom for police dispatching as new fees likely

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Local police, fire and rescue agencies that receive free emergency dispatching through the Vermont State Police might soon have to pony up some funds to continue receiving that service — an added expense that could strain some already tight budgets.

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Pickleball mania: Many craving latest rec department offering

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — “Pickleball.”

The name is comical, but the sport’s growing number of players are super-serious about an activity that is taking Middlebury’s new recreation facility by storm.

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Middlebury's Connor Homes furloughs entire workforce

Posted on January 3, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Connor Homes has furloughed its entire 65-person workforce at its Middlebury headquarters on Route 7 South, according to company officials, who are now trying to leverage bank loans and Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) funding to keep the company solvent.

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Superintendent of Orwell-area schools to step down at end of school year

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — Add another major task to the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union’s 2017 agenda: Find a new chief executive.

Already preparing for a Town Meeting Day vote on school governance consolidation, the ARSU — which includes Orwell and five neighboring Rutland County communities — is now in the market for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Ron Ryan announced last week he will leave his job in June after 20 years with the district.

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Porter moves closer to an affiliation deal with UVMHN

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials will spend this month reviewing key terms of an agreement that could lead to the organization’s affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network early this spring.

“Things are going well,” PMC President Fred Kniffin said during a recent affiliation update to the Porter community. “The work is being done in a collaborative, respectful fashion … The ‘feel’ of the growing relationship between PMC and UVMHN is really good. Progress is being made.”

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Composting rules key to trash district budget increase

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) officials have approved a 2017 budget of $2,989,316, a plan calling for a 6-percent increase in spending.

The increase reflects — among other things — the launch next July 1 of a new state law calling on waste haulers and transfer stations to offer food scrap collection.

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Middlebury to revisit jobs growth strategy

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters in March will be asked to extend the town’s current economic development office for one more year, instead of the 5-year renewal that officials had originally contemplated. Officials will use the coming year to re-evaluate the grander business growth expectations that the selectboard had set for the Middlebury Business Development Fund, or MBDF, when it was established by voters in 2012.

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