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Opinion: Middlebury plan leaves out teens

Posted on April 16, 2014 |
By Emily Joselson



As folks consider the Town Hall/Municipal Building bond revote issue, I would like to raise one important issue — the extent to which any plans for new buildings fail to adequately address the future home of the Teen Center.

I stress from the outset that, although I was formerly on the board of Addison Central Teens, I am no longer, and therefore am speaking solely for myself. My concern is for the siting of the Teen Center, when and if the current town building complex changes.

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Petition filed for revote on Middlebury town office plan

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Resident Howard “Skip” Brush and his helpers on April 3 successfully capped their petition drive aimed at forcing a reconsideration vote on a new Middlebury municipal building and recreation center. Brush filed the petition, bearing around 280 signatures, with the town clerk’s office with a few hours to spare.

“It was a nice effort by a lot of people,” Brush said of the petition drive. “This is something that had to be done.”

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Greg Dennis: College-town collaboration is a winner

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



Every year after Town Meeting Day, Vermonters get an interesting glimpse at what we “really” think about some controversial statewide issues. That glimpse comes courtesy of State Sen. William Doyle’s survey distributed at many town meetings.

This year’s findings are worth noting on several counts, from legal weed to wind power. But before we consider those statewide issues, let’s first turn to some local ones.

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Brush drafts petition to revote on Middlebury town office project

Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Resident Howard “Skip” Brush confirmed on Tuesday that he will spearhead a petition drive to force reconsideration of Middlebury’s Town Meeting Day vote in favor of a $6.5 million plan to build new town offices and a recreation center.

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Opinion: Newspaper should consider revising its editorial policy

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By George Klohck



Because of the closeness of the vote for the town/college plan for new town hall and recreation facilities, I believe it can be reasonably argued that Angelo Lynn’s editorials in the Addison Independent made the difference in the result of citizens’ choice on article 6. In recent editorials Mr. Lynn has been a dependable cheerleader for one side among the voices speaking about the future of our town.

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Middlebury voters back $6.5 million town office/gym bond

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Tuesday voted 915 to 798 in favor of a $6.5 million plan to build a new municipal building at 77 Main St. and a new recreation center on Creek Road.

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Opinion: Gym is worth second look

Posted on March 5, 2014 |
By Dawn Saunders



Editor’s note. The writer sent this too late to appear before this week’s vote, but she asked that it be printed now because of the broader issues it raises.

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Middlebury cleared in town office flier flap

Posted on March 3, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has found no illegalities with an informational flier that Middlebury officials created and mailed to all local residents explaining the details of a new town office building and recreation center proposal that will be decided by voters on Tuesday, March 4.

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Opinion: Building plan makes perfect sense

Posted on March 3, 2014 |
By Jonathan Isham Jr.



Kudos to UD-3 voters for the grand turnout last week. As a Cornwall voter, I was proud to be among the majority. Above all, I was impressed by the vigorous civic debate.

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Editorial: A 'Yes' vote on Article 6 also supports tomorrow's prosperity

Posted on March 3, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If you’re a Middlebury resident, when you get your Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 4, vote “Yes” on Article 6.

Here’s why:

• It is the best plan Middlebury has seen in 20-plus years of trying to resolve this issue. For 2 cents on the tax rate, the town would get a $7.5 million value. From a taxpayers’ perspective, that’s money well spent on a town building we all know needs significant renovation.

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