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Clippings: Child-free zone marred by adults

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By John Flowers



My wife Dottie and I were positively giddy.

Our first vacation sans kids (no offense, Diane and Mark) since 1998. So we booked, rather late in the game, a six-day stay at a resort in the Bahamas operated by a certain company named after casual, summertime footwear.

The promise: Plenty of peace, pampering and sunshine in a couples-only environment devoid of sippy cups, high chairs and pre-pubescent meltdowns.

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Health care bill moves to the Senate

Posted on March 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Senate Health and Welfare Committee this week will begin reviewing a House-passed measure to establish a federally mandated “health benefits exchange” that would, according to proponents, make health insurance more accessible and affordable in Vermont.

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MUMS' Duktig steps down as principal

Posted on March 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School Principal Inga Duktig resigned last week, citing her readiness to “transition to the next chapter of my career as an educator.”

Duktig’s resignation takes effect on July 1, though Friday, March 9, was her last day on the job. That’s because she was granted a paid leave of absence for the balance of the academic year, according to Addison Central Supervisory Union interim Superintendent Gail Conley.

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eCorp faces new challenges

Posted on March 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Labor is representing at least five former eCorp English workers who have filed complaints against the company for failure to pay back wages.

As the Addison Independent went to press on Friday, eCorp management was working to make good on those previously bounced paychecks; two complainants confirmed on Thursday that they had been cut new checks.

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Business fund wins approval in shire town

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their annual meeting approved a 2012-2013 municipal budget of $8,420,920 and agreed to establish a business development fund (BDF) to help attract new businesses and jobs to Addison County’s shire town.

More than 200 voters packed Middlebury’s municipal gym to consider a seven-article warning dominated by the budget and the proposed development fund.

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Senate removes vaccination exemption

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Vermont Senate’s support for lifting a provision in state law that allows parents to exempt their children from vaccinations for philosophical reasons is not sitting well with some Addison County residents.

“I am in favor of the vaccinations, but I am not in favor of the government telling people to do it,” Addison resident Mark Boivin told participants at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Vergennes American Legion Hall.

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Nuovo, Shashok returned to Midd board seats

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Tuesday voted to return incumbent selectboard members Victor Nuovo and Susan Shashok to office, and also added Gary Baker to the fold.

Nuovo (613 tallies) and Shashok (520) were the top vote getters in a five-way race for two three-year seats. Finishing out of the running were former Selectman Don Keeler (461 votes), Eric Murray (272) and Brian Bauer (239).

Baker was unopposed in his run for a one-year term, the balance of a term vacated by former Selectwoman Janelle Ashley.

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Voters back MUMS roof

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed a $1 million bond to replace the failing asphalt shingle roof at Middlebury Union Middle School with a standing seam metal room.

Townspeople in Bridport, Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, Weybridge and Middlebury collectively voted 1,881-899 in favor of the 20-year bond issue.

“We are pleased,” UD-3 board Chairman Leonard Barrett said, adding he was also gratified by the district’s 1,844-919 endorsement of the UD-3 budget (see related story).

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Senior plays a tradition in this house

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — You can safely say that the theater has been a family affair for the Smalls, and two generations of the clan are playing a big role in this year’s Middlebury Union High School senior play, “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Shannon Bohler-Small is directing, while daughter (and MUHS senior) Chenoah Small is serving as stage manager for the production.

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Mentors to aid in teaching life skills to homeless clients

Posted on March 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — The John W. Graham Emergency Shelter for the Homeless is seeking volunteers to work with clients to increase their chances of finding — and keeping — permanent housing.

Shelter officials are preparing to launch a mentorship program for area folks to provide friendship, support and guidance to homeless individuals and families who can be overwhelmed by the bureaucratic hoops and transportation hurdles involved in acquiring housing and employment.

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