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Private schools work to keep numbers up

Posted on May 3, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — While some Addison County school districts are considering merging resources and governance in the face of declining enrollment, some of the area’s independent, private schools are also having to adjust their budgets and business plans to remain successful.

A survey of six of the county’s independent schools revealed that while some remain at full capacity, others are seeing student numbers drop and are compensating by either trimming staff and/or grade levels, or are adding new offerings to woo prospective families.

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Legions memorialize Sheriff Jim Coons

Posted on May 1, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — They arrived from all corners of the state by the hundreds on Monday, bathing Middlebury College’s white marble Mead Chapel in a sea of green, blue and black.

From constables to reformed lawbreakers to the governor of the state of Vermont, they filled the chapel to honor a man who many described as a “giant” in law enforcement — Addison County Sheriff James Coons, who died on April 16 following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 59.

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Citizens rally for 42nd Green Up Day

Posted on April 30, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



For a town-by-town chart of Green Up Day events, click here!

ADDISON COUNTY — What does Vermont’s 42nd Green Up Day on May 5 mean to you?

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Firefighters reiterate rules on burning yard debris

Posted on April 30, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — April showers bring May flowers, but April is also a month during which homeowners seek to rid their yards of debris left by the winter. And Addison County fire officials are warning residents to think twice before torching any fallen branches, leaves or twigs.

Bill Sinks, president of the Addison County Firefighters’ Association, noted property owners must check with their local fire warden(s) and get an official OK — in many cases, a written permit — before setting fire to their lawn debris.

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Dry weather lets farmers get in fields

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — The warm, dry weather this spring is unusual, but to some farmers it’s come as a welcome change from last year.

According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, precipitation totals at the Burlington weather station are running about 3.3 inches below average, at just over 7 inches since Jan. 1. Vermont also saw record high temperatures in March. With little precipitation and very little snowmelt, the fields and forests are unusually dry.

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Friends remember Sheriff Jim Coons, the face of local law enforcement

Posted on April 18, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff Jim Coons, who died on Monday evening at the age of 59, was recalled by fellow law enforcement officials as a gregarious, savvy and cooperative public servant who dramatically transformed his department during his three decades in office.

“Jim Coons was the iconic face of law enforcement in Addison County and a bridge between the past and present,” said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley.

“He will be a tough act to follow.”

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Police warn of debit card 'lockout' phone scam

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Police in Middlebury are warning area residents to be wary of scammers calling this week.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 11, the Middlebury Police Department received numerous reports of Addison County residents receiving automated phone calls that said their debit cards were “locked,” according to Middlebury Police Sgt. Jason Covey. In each case the messages prompted the potential victims to enter their account number to “unlock” the debit cards.

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Milk prices spur calls for reform

Posted on April 9, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — After two years of relatively strong milk prices, the United States Department of Agriculture last week announced that falling dairy prices and the high cost of feed has triggered support payments to dairy farmers.

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Nurses see need for local foods at school

Posted on April 9, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERGENNES — Health care workers at the Stone Soup Conference in Vergennes last Tuesday agreed that increasing nutritious, local foods in schools needs to be a priority.

“There are some huge nutrition problems,” said Mary Gill, school nurse at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury. “They have a huge impact on students’ ability to learn.”

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Preventing hunger: Local schools feed more kids in need

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories that look at how the numbers of local families accessing food assistance programs have changed in the past decade.

ADDISON COUNTY — The number of children across Vermont and Addison County who are enrolled in the free and reduced-price school meal program has exploded in recent years — more than doubling in some local schools.

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