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ACSU elementary schools rein in spending, tax impacts

Posted on January 10, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Residents in six of the seven Addison County Supervisory Union towns this March will vote on proposed 2016-2017 elementary school budgets that reflect a decrease in their respective homestead education tax rates.

The decreases, according to ACSU Superintendent Peter Burrows, are in large part a response to new state law.

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Osteoporosis workshops planned at REV Fitness

Posted on January 10, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — REV Fitness for Women, a women’s-only fitness studio in Middlebury, has designated January as Osteoporosis Awareness Month.

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Lawmakers ready for tough choices as Legislature convenes

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — As the Vermont Legislature returned to session this week, lawmakers agreed that a handful of issues will likely dominate the 2016 legislative session, including:

•  Resolving an estimated $58 million shortfall for the fiscal year 2017 budget,

•  Reconciling the shortage of Medicaid funds to pay for the state’s expanded health insurance programs, and

•  Continuing the ongoing implementation of Lake Champlain cleanup measures.

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VUHS board gets a look at challenging budget

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday looked at a $10.3 million budget proposal for next year that, despite a proposed spending increase of only $37,000, could increase the VUHS tax rate by about 20 percent.

That is, it could see the rate increase unless the Legislature acts to remove or delay the Act 46 spending penalty.

This coming Monday, the board will look again at a budget that could call for cuts. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at VUHS.

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Vincent helps take a bite out of crime

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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NEW HAVEN — Under amicable circumstances, 7-year-old Vincent acts more like a  teddy bear than an imposing 70-pound police dog. He leans against you for more pats and gives you a syrupy stare that he hopes will convince you to toss a ball for him. He’s a mixture of Winnie the Pooh and Fred Rogers.

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Bohjalian speaks out during centennial of Armenian genocide

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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Chris Bohjalian’s grandparents survived the Armenian genocide and emigrated to America. But like many a child of immigrants, his father, Aram, wanted to assimilate as much as possible.

“My dad grew up speaking Armenian, but I was 14 years old before I discovered he could speak Armenian fluently,” Chris Bohjalian said. “He wanted to be as American as he could.”

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Bohjalian's 17th novel takes on sex trafficking

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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LINCOLN — In his latest novel, which hit bookstores this week, Lincoln writer Chris Bohjalian takes on the devastating impact of sex trafficking and examines how one moment of weakness can send a man’s well-ordered life spiraling out of control.

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Local author ponders fishing in arid lands

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By JULIA JOHN



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We tend to think of deserts as bleak, inhospitable expanses of parched sand beneath a sweltering sun. Matthew Dickerson’s latest book, “Trout in the Desert: On Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest,” however, tells the intriguing story of cold-water fish in streams that animate this landscape.

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Ilsley Library seeks feedback on its plan

Posted on January 5, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library is seeking input from the community on its new strategic plan.

Library trustees have adopted a new strategic plan that they call “Ilsley Library: Discover, Read, Create.” After surveying the community, consulting with experts and visiting forward-thinking libraries throughout the region over the last year, trustees established three guiding principles:

•  Ilsley is welcoming to all.

•  Ilsley is Middlebury’s hub for reading, technology and community.

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Vergennes-area school face budget challenges

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — School boards for the Vergennes Union High, Vergennes Union Elementary, Ferrisburgh Central and Addison Central schools will all meet this week to begin what Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials expect to be another challenging budget season.

Act 46, the new law that prompted ANwSU to call for a unification vote in March, also caps how much schools can increase their per-pupil spending.

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