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Gov. Phil Scott vows to protect foreign farm workers

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — U.S. immigration policy took the spotlight unexpectedly during a meeting of farmers last Thursday when Gov. Phil Scott made it clear that he would do whatever he could to protect Mexican farm laborers who may be under threat from President Trump.

Scott started his comments at the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition annual meeting at the American Legion hall in Vergennes by addressing the executive orders issued earlier in the week in Washington.

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Orwell man faces 'life' in sexual assault case: Jury finds Kolts guilty

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Mike Donoghue



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MIDDLEBURY — A 70-year-old former coach and bus driver at Shoreham Elementary School is facing a mandatory 25 years to life in jail after he was found guilty by an Addison County Superior Court jury for repeated aggravated sexual assaults on a young girl between 2012 and 2014.

Rein Kolts of Orwell committed the sexual assaults on the girl when she was 11 to 13 years old, according to the charges filed by the Addison County State’s Attorney. She was not a student at the school nor even from the area.

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Kniffin, Brumsted cite advantages for Porter Hospital/UVM affiliation

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — University of Vermont Medical Center CEO Dr. John Brumsted took UVM Health Network’s ongoing courtship of Porter Hospital directly to area residents on Thursday, saying such a marriage would improve services for the Addison County community.

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Local adventurer to talk about dogsledding in the Great White North

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., the Bixby Library will host “Dogsledding in Labrador: Mushing in the Menihek Hills” with Ed Blechner. Meet the Addison resident and a few of his dogs, check out one of his dogsleds and enjoy the stories of his endeavors in the frozen North.

Blechner will share beautiful slides of his trip, anecdotes and answer a few questions as well. This presentation continues the Bixby Library showcase of stories, passions and talents of local Vermonters.

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Muslim Girls Making Change will bring slam poetry to Bristol

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Four Vermont Muslim teen slam poets who call themselves “Muslim Girls Making Change”will share their experiences at a One World Library Project program in Bristol in February. The teens, who are juniors at Burlington and South Burlington High School, perform slam poetry to express their passionate concerns. They will present and discuss their work on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Holley Hall in Bristol at a free event hosted by the One World Library Project and sponsored by Bristol Friends of the Arts.

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Local heroes receive citations: Police, citizens lauded for actions

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Two local police officers and three citizens took a much-deserved bow on Monday for heroic actions they took during two recent disasters — one a home fire on Murdock Court, the other a small airplane crash near the Middlebury State Airport. Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley conferred honors on the five individuals at the Middlebury selectboard meeting.

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ANWSD planning for vote on $21 million budget

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As expected, the Addison Northwest School District Board on Jan. 18 adopted a $21.1 million unified budget proposal for the 2017-2018 academic year that will cover operations for all four ANWSD schools and their central office.

Officials said the budget maintains existing programs and teaching positions at the four ANWSD schools.

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Career center budget plan reflects spending decrease

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Patricia Hannaford Career Center directors are proposing a 2017-2018 spending plan of $3,482,549 to deliver vocational and technical education to students in 17 Addison County towns.

That is a spending level that essentially preserves existing programs and represents a 1.39-percent decrease in spending compared to this year.

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City council sets priorities for downtown and basin areas

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council at last Tuesday’s meeting reviewed potential next steps outlined by the task force charged with creating the Vergennes Downtown-Basin Master Plan.

Mayor Bill Benton had asked group members individually to respond to him with what they thought should be the city’s highest priorities to improve the city’s downtown and basin areas for residents’ use and to attract and serve visitors. He presented their answers in a memo to the council.

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Efficiency Vermont to zero in on Vergennes

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes has been selected for an intensive six-month visit by Efficiency Vermont that will offer businesses, homeowners and commercial property owners the chance to learn more about how to save money and energy.

City Manager Mel Hawley told the city council at its Jan. 24 meeting about the initiative, which is the result of a successful application filed by the Vergennes Partnership.

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